I’m on a blog tour! My roommate– who got her Master’s degree in Publishing and is therefore an expert– told me, “Oh, you have to do a blog tour. They are very important.” So let’s assume she’s right. She tends to be right about these things.
I had hoped a blog tour would be like a concert tour. You know, driving around in an old van with three of your best friends, singing along to Night Ranger with the windows rolled down, periodically eating in diners in Toledo, playing to crowds of a dozen people at Bob’s Beer and Billiards, sleeping on strangers’ parents’ family room couches, making out with groupies.
It turns out that none of that happens during a blog tour. Or at least not during MY blog tour. So, that was a shock.
Seriously, these bloggers are so good at what they do, it is unbelievable. Lauren’s post, for example, includes a plot summary, a book review, an interview with me, the book trailer, and a contest for a copy of the book. That is SO MANY THINGS. It’s all I can do most days to update my facebook status before I become exhausted and need to go to sleep.
Which is, by the way, what I’m about to do now. I have to wake up in eight hours. It’s bedtime.
Yesterday I cleaned out my bookshelves. They were looking over-cluttered, and I sensed that pruning them would give me catharsis. I am constantly seeking catharsis. Plus, it seemed like I wouldn’t have to exert too much effort, which is definitely my favorite way to achieve catharsis.
I went through every book in my apartment and managed to part with about a dozen of them, which was not bad, I felt.
Then today I came home to a box of 35 copies of MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS. So… Maybe now I need to put those somewhere, too?
1. As you can see in the post below, I JUST RECEIVED ONE FINISHED COPY OF MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS. You don’t get yours until October 5th, but I got mine TODAY. I would love to lend you my copy, except for how I am never going to let it out of my sight. My roommate asked me if I was going to sleep with it under my pillow tonight, and I had to be like, “haha, NO,” as though that hadn’t been my plan before she even suggested it.
These photos don’t really do justice to its beauty. You just have to trust me that it is a stunning, stunning book, and if it doesn’t look it here, that is only because I am not a photographer. At all. These are possibly the first photos I have taken in the year 2010.
2. I went to the Brooklyn Book Fest yesterday, which was very fun, if rainy. My friend Rebecca and I co-wrote a recap about it for Brooklyn Based: http://brooklynbased.net/everything/book-fest-gchat-recap/. Take a look if you want to relive the experience with us, even though mostly the experience we had seems to be about getting our hair wet.
Next week is BEA (Book Expo America), which is the big annual book industry conference. My friend Alix just called it “the CMJ of books.” This is 100% true, except that CMJ goes until 4am every night, and takes place primarily on the LES, and all the attendees are usually hanging around on street corners while wearing sunglasses and smoking. BEA is mostly about wandering around a large convention center and having “meetings” with “accounts.” But the principle is the same.
My BEA week got off to an early start last night. Lauren Oliver (http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com) invited me and a few of our other friends over for a dinner party at her apartment. No one can write like Lauren, it’s true, but it is also true that no one can cook like her. She is an inspiring hostess. Our friend Jess Rothenberg (author of The Catastrophic History of You and Me) was there, as well as Lenore of Presenting Lenore (http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com). So basically it was a lot of fun bookish girls, eating cheese. Ideal Friday.
Tuesday I’m going to the YPG BEA cocktail party at the Frying Pan. I’ve never been to the Frying Pan, but it’s one of those bars that people who live in Manhattan– particularly on the UWS– consider to be really “cool.” I am always hearing about how “cool” the Frying Pan is. I have to say, this makes me dubious, but I guess I will try anything once, if by “anything” we mean walking all the way over to 12th Ave. (WHO KNEW there was such a place as 12th Ave?)
Wednesday afternoon I’m going to the convention hall itself to see if I can scrounge up any free galleys. Right, because clearly what I need are more galleys, since I only have like 20 from ALA Midwinter that I haven’t read yet. For some reason, whenever I see a free book, I’m like, “Oh my God, a FREE BOOK!” as though I don’t work in book publishing, as though I am not surrounded by free books all day every day.
Also, if you are at BEA and are into free books, the Simon & Schuster booth will be giving away my galley! This is the very first conference where it’s available for the taking, so you should totally TAKE IT!
Wednesday night I have my publisher’s BEA cocktail reception, and Thursday night I have my agency’s BEA party. My agency’s party is at a dive bar down the road from my apartment– excuse me, a dive saloon, which has flames painted on its exterior walls. According to everyone who attended my agency’s party last year, it goes incredibly late at night and many people make out with each other. So, I can support that.