Authors write books. Readers read books. But in between, there are many wonderful people behind the scenes who make the book "happen."
Today, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, visiting with one team of wonderfuls, the folks at Books-A-Million who are connecting readers across the South, and other choice pockets of the country, with my book.
But I'm also thinking of another team of wonderfuls, my "across the pond" friends at Hodder & Stoughton, who TODAY are publishing my book for UK readers. Very few authors are lucky enough to have one insightful editor, one great publishing house, and one gorgeous cover. I have two, with William Morrow in the US and Hodder in the UK, and for that I am ever grateful.
Ever wonder what authors talk about when readers aren't around?
Wayyyyy back in October, I found out that The Secrets of Mary Bowser would be published on May 15. But it was only a couple of weeks ago that I began to wonder what I would actually do on May 15. And, for that matter, on May 14, and on May 16. I had no idea. So I asked some of my friends who are published authors.
Recycling is very important to keep the planet healthy. So I've gone green (and red!) by recycling a February entry from this blog for today's guest post "Fear of a Red Tractor" at Powells.com. But the pictures I did for the Powells version are supercute.
Speaking of supercute, check out this supercute photo I just tweeted with the message "Blue v Gray meet White v Red. Vote 4 The Secrets of Mary Bowser 4 for the Sutter Home Wine June book club.
Voting ends Monday, May 21! My sister says you can vote multiple times, although I of course would not openly advocate such blatant election rigging.
To an author, librarians are superheroes. First, they are incredible sources when we are researching and writing. Then, they are vital connectors for helping readers find our finished books. And if librarians in general are superheroes, Nancy Pearl is the superduperhero, the librarian so cool she has her own action figure. So when Nancy Pearl defines the four elements that make a person fall in love with a book, who wouldn't listen?