Getting published is a real be-yatch! Hear about my ups, downs and a few random rants in between.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Doing The New York thing

Well, I'm back among the suburban.

New York was great!

I had a productive meeting with the Marketing Director at Kensington (Hi Magee) and got to meet my editor, Stacey, after nearly seven months of email tag and occasional phone calls (Hey, Stace!). And btw, Stacey, the walk back to the hotel was a breeze. ha, ha!

I'm pretty certain that I was a New Yorker in a former life. And if I wasn't, I seem to channel a native anytime I'm there. Because instinctively, anytime the King asked me how close something was to our hotel I'd say, "It's just a few blocks."

After 24 hours of me saying this and us walking more than two blocks to get to Central Park or Times Square he finally shouted, "Stop saying that! Nothing has been a few blocks away."

I finally told him that to me 7, 10 or 12 blocks was "just a few blocks."

Later, we met up with one of his vendors who confirmed that indeed, anything under 20 blocks is...let's say it together, just a few blocks.

Next time I go (and there will be a next time) I'm heading down to SoHo. Seriously, shouldn't every creative type tip through SoHo - the heart of the arsty fartsy?

Now, this is probably just me, but as we walked around I became very excited anytime we passed a major publishing house. Our hotel was diagonal to Simon & Schuster. Just a few blocks from Kensington (my home) and not too far away from Random House.

The girls didn't find that very exciting but...what do they know? They spent $40 on a tee at Abercrombie and Fitch on Fifth Ave. I won't take any excitement cues from them - I'd go broke!

So, I lost three days of writing for the trip (well worth it I might add) and now it's crunch time.

So, check out the slide show of "My New York."

Oh.. wait. Apparently, there's some evil photo-eating bug out there because I'm missing several slides - for one, a pic of the top of Kanye Wests' head. We caught an impromptu concert of Kanye and Pharrell in front of F.A.O. Schwartz - classic New York moment. Walking down the street, minding your own biz and bam - a concert! And free!

Anyway, for those who are all bummed because you were dying to see the top of Kanye's head or a piece of Pharrell's yellow party shirt. Sorreeee. Blame it on the three-digit temperature. It was hot as hell in New York!!!


Blogger LadyL said...

Don't forget I am tagging along for the next trip!!!!

8:29 PM

Blogger Miss P AKA Her Royal Cliqueness said...

You're on!

9:39 PM

Anonymous The Hive Mind said...

I suppose you getting excited over publishing houses is the same way an aspiring actor or director feels whenever they walk by a studio. I probably would react the same way if I passed by a publishing house. Some day I will.

I don't think I'm going to like New York when I visit...once I get a publisher. LOL. I'm a Southern gul who loves it down here, despite the heat. When I went to Chicago, I was ready to return to the South in two days! I was so happy to land in Charlotte, NC (and wasn't even close to home yet) that I wanted to kiss the ground.

9:52 PM


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