Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Every Bit as Good as I Hoped

My trip to ALA in Washington D.C. was amazing.

The chance to meet Avi? Awesome. I've even taught students some of his books.
Talking to Maryrose Wood, Tricia Springstub, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Carolyn Mackler? Just as awesome.
Seeing my agents for the first time in a year? Even better yet.
Spending time with my editor? Tons of fun.
Meeting so many librarians? Well, you guys are the absolute greatest. I'm glad I got to meet some of you personally at my signing, and I also enjoyed the YALSA coffee klatch--although I have to admit I didn't know it was possible to talk that fast. At the coffee klatch, 40 YA authors got to sit at 10 different tables of librarians, each for about five minutes. Telling the librarians about my book and answering their questions in that short a time was a real challenge, but one I'll never forget and am thrilled to have had the opportunity to do. I'd love to be there again some day. It was thrilling to meet so many librarians interested in teens and what they're reading. Many of them even took notes on what I was saying. And then at the end, all the authors were asked to line up for a picture. I thought it was going to be one picture. But no, about 200 librarians all started snapping pictures. The flashes just kept going for about five minutes! I'm not used to feeling so important. Or to encountering people who think books are that important. What a boost it all was to my energy level for writing this week. Novel 2...here I come.


  1. I'm glad you had such a good time! The librarians are always John's favorite part too, I think.

    I'm looking forward to your next book...any hints on the topic? :-D

  2. Thanks, Ann.

    Monica... I finally got to meet John. He's a really nice guy. Our main topic of conversation was--of course--you! How ya doing?


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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Twentieth Wife: A Novel
Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)
Circle of Friends
The Handmaid's Tale
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
Dairy Queen
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Possession: A Romance
The Call of Earth
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Lovely Bones
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
The Hunt for Red October
To Kill a Mockingbird
City of Bones
How to Be Good
Great Expectations
The Thirteenth Tale
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Joy Luck Club
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Wives and Daughters
Howl's Moving Castle
The Kite Runner
Nothing But the Truth
Anne of Green Gables
About a Boy
Doctor Thorne
Romeo and Juliet
Among the Hidden
The Color Purple
World Without End
The Children of Men
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Sarum: The Novel of England
Doomsday Book
The Golden Compass
Year of Wonders
Memoirs of a Geisha
Flowers for Algernon
The Subtle Knife
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Valley of Horses
A Tale of Two Cities
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Serpent's Tale
Angels & Demons
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Among the Impostors
The Frog Princess
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Nanny Diaries
The Ships of Earth
Charlie Bone and the Beast
Spanking Shakespeare
Ender's Shadow
A Farewell to Arms
The Outsiders
Witch Week
Allegra Maud Goldman
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Charlie Bone and the Shadow
Among the Barons
The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Crucible
Charmed Life
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
Framley Parsonage
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Man Who Was Poe
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Little Women
The Shadow of the Wind
The Pillars of the Earth
Ender's Game
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Secret Life of Bees
The Shifter
An Inspector Calls

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