|Katherine Tegen and me|
The American Library Association had their annual summer conference in Anaheim this past weekend. I spent Saturday roaming the exhibits floor, watching authors signing books, and saying hello to editors and agents. Katherine Tegen, whose HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books, is releasing my next middle grade novel, DESTINY, REWRITTEN, (March 2013) was in the HC booth with Michael Grant (who did not have on sunglasses, btw).
And Jennifer Rofe, my amazing agent of six years now, introduced me to Tracy Gates at Penguin Young Readers Group, the publisher that released A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT, (Feb, 2012). My original editor was Catherine Frank, but she has since left Penguin, so we stay in contact through Tracy these days.
|Tracy Gates, me, and Jen Rofe|
I also saw Brenda Bowen, who published THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY. She has since left publishing and is now an agent and, I found out, an author of four upcoming books for readers ages 7-10.
Overall the day was lovely. I ran into Susan Patron, (the Newbery winning book THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY is one of my favorites) and gave her an Advanced Reader Copy of DESTINY, REWRITTEN. I hope she likes it!
I would have really liked to meet Mignon Fogarty, who is the Grammar Girl, but unfortunately, she was there Friday night, and I was picking up my son from the airport. He is home for six days from the Naval Academy before he ships out on the USS Lake Erie, which is docked in Pearl Harbor. He’s very excited because the ship will be participating in Rimpac (Rim of the Pacific) exercises.