New York Day 1: Macmillan and HarperCollins offices!

HELLO EVERYONE! Today I have my super late BEA recap post! Yay! So, if you didn’t already know, I went to BookExpo America, BEA, in New York! It is the #1 Book  Author Event in the U.S. I raised the money to attend the Expo, which is held in New York at the Javits Center. SO, on May 28, I got on the plane to fly to New York! IMG_0709

(I didn’t take Allegiant Air, but I thought it was funny. Soon after, I saw a sign for “Amityville” Is Divergent taking over the world?) 🙂

So, I read a little on the plane, and then we got to JFK! We took a subway to downtown NY, where I went to meet an executive editor, Tim Bartlett, at the Macmillan offices, aka THE FLATIRON BUILDING.

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We got there, and went up to the 17th floor in this fancy elevator.

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We met Tim, and it turns out, he had a WHOLE SCHEDULE planned out for me, and books for me—Humans of New York, The Flatiron, and Eleanor & Park! First I went down to the Henry Holt offices, where I met a Publisher, Laura Godwin and her assistant, and who showered me in books to take home.

I then met digital marketing managers, Caitlin Sweeney and Courtney Sanks, and I had a little Q & A with them about digital marketing. That would be really fun! One of them helped run Fierce Reads, which I think would be an awesome job. They had found out that I am a Lunar Chronicles fan, and gave me a WHOLE bunch of TLC goodies, including a Rampion map, an IKO USB (awesomeness!) and a signed copy of Scarlet—!!!! They also sent me a giganto box of awesome books!

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I then met THE PUBLISHER of St. Martin’s Press, Ms. Sally Richardson, in her awesome office that has a great view. She was very nice! Fun fact: people were talking about me visiting the office earlier that day, and she was under the impression that I was some Swedish businessman. 🙂

Here’s Tim, Ms. Richardson, and I!

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Following that, I went to the VIDEO ROOM with Marie Estrada; where the authors film interviews, and I was interviewed! It was awesome. You will get to see that very soon. They even put powder on my face!

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Then I went down to the Arts department, and saw behind the scenes of cover design and was told about the process by David Rotstein, who runs a blog for cover design, http://minotaurart.tumblr.com/ .

After that, I went up to the 22nd floor, and went to the roof of the Flatiron building. That was awesome. I had to climb OUT OF A WINDOW, and jump. I felt like a ninja. Sort of. The view was SPECTACULAR!

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Then, I left the Macmillan offices and took the subway to the new HarperCollins offices! There I met cover designer Erin Fitzsimmons! She invited me to meet her at their new offices. She is so nice and awesome! I had a great time at the Harper offices—their new offices are absolutely amazing. SO MANY BOOKS. And there are quotes on the wall—it’s awesome. I may or may not have found Margot and Aubry from TeaTime’s cubicles, and I may or may not have hugged Snarkles. 🙂 I had a great time, and Erin gifted me the second Mila 2.0 book! EEEEEP! IT’S SO PRETTY. Well, she did design the cover 🙂 Then, another super nice cover designer WALKED us to the PATH station! *mind blown* Thanks! 🙂

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THANK YOU so much people at Macmillan and HarperCollins! It was SO great meeting you all, and I had a great first day in NY!

Next: BEA recap thoughts and experiences post!

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3 responses to “New York Day 1: Macmillan and HarperCollins offices!

  1. Hi–I remember meeting you at BEA so I read your post with great interest. It’s so great that you got to visit some of these wonderful children’s book publishers and get an insider view 🙂

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