Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another Trip to HarperCollins!

Last week I went up for a quick 2 day trip to see my folks and meet with my editor and the HarperCollins Children's Marketing team. I walked into a room full of really smart, attractive, friendly and enthusiastic women and they made me feel so welcome and so special. Now I'm sure they make all their authors feel special, but I have to tell you - I was feeling the love in that room. Course it might have been more for the tub of chocolate/caramel Moose Munch popcorn I'd brought, but I'm gonna say it was a whole lot of enthusiastic Prophecy love!

I've always known and been so very happy that my editor, Phoebe, and her amazing right-hand person, Jess, are so strongly behind my book. But going into a marketing meeting and hearing their enthusiasm too, well hey, an author just doesn't get any happier.

Things are going to start happening. I've got a cover reveal coming in June, galleys may be out later this summer, and I'll have a launch date for when you will be able to buy my book. Ooooooh, I just got such a shiver typing that last sentence. To think that my book is going to be out soon and that people can buy it and borrow it and read it. Wow. It's just an amazing feeling.

I was so overwhelmed by the whole meeting that I totally forgot to snap a picture with the marketing team! But all I can say is thanks to Emilie, Jenna, Stef, Molly and Olivia for making my trip to HarperCollins something special! And thanks to my art team, Amy and Joel who talked to me about the process of coming up with my awesome book cover, which will make a great blog post in June, btw.

And always, a very special thanks to editorial team, Phoebe and Jess who have always made me feel like I've written something great. This time I got pictures! And this time they aren't blurry (well maybe one, just a little...)

 This is Phoebe and Jess!
 Me with Phoebe and Jess in Phoebe's office.

Afterward, I met with my awesome agent, Joe, who was sporting a great hat! But of course by this time my brain was fried so I forgot to snap a photo! However, we met in Koreatown and talked about lots of things including Diverse Energies, my first anthology, which is coming out this September from Tu Books. Joe's the editor along with Tobias Buckell and some amazing authors are in it. I'm kind of shocked that I'm in it, to tell you the truth. I feel so very honored. It's up on Goodreads here so please feel free to add it because it is going to be a great read. And I would love for you all to read my story and let me know what you think.

Lastly, here's a pic of the view from my parent's apartment on Riverside. I really do envy this view. They are so lucky! They even had fireworks that night. It kind of made my whole trip up to NYC just an amazing time.

12 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

How awesome Ellen that you can actually go have a meeting with Harper Collins. So excited for you! Can't wait to hear more good news.

Petra @ Safari Poet said...

Added Diverse Energies on Goodreads. I've been looking for books with more diverse main characters, so this anthology is perfect. Can't wait for it and the big reveal in June :-)

Safari Poet

Danette said...

Oh, my goodness! Your trip sounds
amazing!I'm so happy for you, friend!

Danette said...

Oh, my goodness! Your trip sounds
amazing!I'm so happy for you, friend!

Charles Gramlich said...

I have yet to have such an experience. Glad to hear about it through you!

April Tucholke said...

So happy for you, Brooklyn Girl.

Krispy said...

Seems like it was an awesome and fun trip!

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

Awww, thanks guys! It was so awesome and I felt so blessed! I couldn't be happier with how HC is taking care of me!!!

Elsie Chapman said...

Amazing, Ellen, just amazing. So incredibly happy and stoked for you!!!! HOLY FRACK I can't wait for your cover reveal and book!!!

Virginia Allyn said...

So exciting for all your hard work to finally come together.

Congratulations, girl!

Kiki Hamilton said...

That is so exciting, Ellen! I loved reading about your visit and CAN'T WAIT to see your cover!!! yay!

WOW! at the view from your parent's apartment. We went to NY in April and visited Columbia University, then walked over to Riverside and it was so very beautiful.

Off to check out your anthology!
xo
Kiki

Christina Farley said...

Wow! So fun and exciting! I loved looking at your pictures. It was as if we were all there with you. Thanks for sharing your journey toward publication.

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