Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The New York Day

Last week, I had a meeting in New York with an editor.  Normally, when I go into the city, I have finished a project and am taking the art in.  No so this time.  I had an editor interested in two projects, but this was a pre-contract meeting.  In my mind it was a "Let's see if Julie is a freak" meeting.  But, I don't really know.

Mike dropped me off at the Hartford bus station at 9:40 and I got on a swanky Peter Pan bus.  I was psyched to see it had outlets between the seats because I planned to spend the trip watching Outlander on my Macbook and I was worried about the battery running out on the way home.

I would have plugged in, but my seatmate was sitting in a way that had her foot covering the outlet.  Since I was at 100% charged, I figured I'd charge up on the ride home.

We got into Port Authority Bus Terminal in NY around 12:45.  It's sad to me that I know my way around Port Authority pretty well.  But I am pleased to report that they keep the bathrooms very clean down there.

I hopped a train and made my way to Washington Square.  It was a GORGEOUS DAY!  If I hadn't been meeting my wonderful agent, Scott Treimel, for lunch, I could have picked up something from a market and just sat in the square.  But we walked and lunched and chatted about all things picture book and publishing and got me ready for my meeting.

My awesome agent, Scott Treimel

After lunch, Scott walked me over to Scholastic.

I wasn't nervous.  I'm good in one-on-one meetings, if the other person is friendly - and the editor certainly was.  (I'm horrible in cocktail party/networking situations.  Please don't make me go to those.)  Project One was pretty polished and the editor only had a few line note suggestions - which were fine by me.  Project Two needed more work.  (That's actually what I'm working on today.)

Sitting with Harry Potter in the Scholastic offices.
Then it was back on the train, back to the train station, and back on the 4:30 bus to Hartford - which DID NOT have outlets.  Bummer.

It was a looooong ride home.  The bus creeped through Manhattan.  But I did get another 2 episodes of Outlander into my brain.  (Now, of course, I'm enjoying talking to myself in a poor Scottish brogue.) By 8pm, I was home.  And by 8:10 I was on the couch watching Survivor with Magoo.

6.25 hours on a bus in one day is not my idea of a good time, but it was work and it was worth it.

It will be awhile before I hear about Project One.  Even when editors love a project, they still have to take them through their publisher's acquisition process, and I hear that Scholastic's can be a bear.  But IF Project One gets picked up by Scholastic and IF someday that book winds up in a Scholastic book order form, then I'm going to frame that book order form, because that, my friends, will be very exciting to me.

I'll keep you posted!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a great day!

1 comment:

shirley said...

Good luck!

T and I are watching Survivor, too. :-)

Those Scholastic book order forms...nostalgic.