This past weekend, on my annual trek to Writer's Day in San Gabriel, I had many exciting moments. Most of them were due to being excited for other writers, and I'd like to share a couple of them with you.
I went down a day early to meet and have coffee with an author whose first book comes out next year. Lauren Oliver used to be an editorial assistant at Razorbill, the awesome Penguin imprint which publishes my books. In fact, she's the editor who acquired Suzanne Young's forthcoming series, The Naughty List. (Sidenote: I can't wait till Suzanne shows you the cover for Book 1. It's one of the most gotta-pick-it-up covers I've seen!) I had the opportunity to read an early copy of Lauren's teen novel, Before I Fall, and I absolutely loved it. They even let me give it a blurb!
Since Lauren had already helped other authors realize their dreams of getting published, I assumed it wouldn't be as special for her. Boy, was I wrong! She was so excited about eventually seeing her book on bookshelves, I couldn't help but re-experience that same ecstatic anticipation.
I'll tell you more about her book when it gets closer to publication, but here's a photo of my first meeting with Lauren:
As well, I want to re-congratulate Rita Crayon Huang on winning first place in the middle grade fiction category at Writer's Day. I've been hanging out with Rita at these conferences for several years but have never known her to enter one of the contests. Finally, she did...and she won! When they announced her name, the look of complete joy on her face put a very similar look on my face. After they gave out the rest of the awards, I went to dinner (then dessert!) with Rita, Lee Wind, Greg Pincus, and Anastasia Suen. The entire time, no matter what we were talking about, I swear Rita was glowing. It was so very cool!
Yes, I have been having a ton of fun with my own book. But there is something so pure and magical about enjoying the successes of other writers!