Friday, January 28, 2011

I Don't Make the Awesome Alone

I know I gush on here a lot about my agent, Michelle Wolfson, and my editor, Erica Sussman.  And trust me, I don't gush for the sake of gushing.  They really are just that awesome.  I can't give you most of the evidence for Michelle (but go read her comment on the last Household Memos) because the majority of it is, uh, unquotable (in the absolute best possible way, oh my gosh I love that woman).  But I thought I'd give you a glimpse into an email exchange between myself and Erica.


Me: I wish I were done writing the third book.  Sigh.  My favorite scene is the one where I have in brackets "[insert description of dress and color scheme here based on cover of third book]."  But I might just leave it in as a choose-your-own-dress-adventure for the reader.  A little avant-garde, right?


Erica: If you decide to wear the strapless dress, turn to chapter 20.
 If you decide to wear the sparkly halter top dress, turn to chapter 25.
 If you decide to wear the khaki pants and cardigan, put this book down. You are fired.*


Yup.  I love her.  That's all.  And let me tell you, my job is so much easier and so much more fun because I get to work with like-minded and incredibly smart, funny people.  I'm a lucky, lucky author.

*Erica would like it noted that she has nothing against khakis and cardigans in real life, as zebra print and formals are not always appropriate.

18 comments:

heidikins said...

Bwaahahaha! Awesome. Also? I wore zebra-print to church a few weeks ago...because I can. Appropriate? Maybe not. Did I do it anyway? Absolutely. :)

xox

Sarah Allen said...

Choose your own fashion adventure. Love it :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I love email exchanges like this! Very encouraging while in the sometimes scary creative process.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Haha! Love that!

Tracey Neithercott said...

Ha ha ha! I see it now: a double cover like Across the Universe. Do you feel like reading while Evie's in strapless dress? How about the halter?

writergal24 said...

Haha! Sounds like fun.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Nothing brings people together like a shared sense of humor.

Megs said...

*snort* ha ha. I would not make a good Evie, as my choice led to me getting fired...

Honestly, where would any of us be without those awesome people in our lives? So fun. I'm glad those awesome people include those you work with! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great e-mail exchanges. And congrats on your news about selling your book to other countries.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I wear khakis with all my dresses.

Kiersten White said...

Which is why no one has asked you to the prom yet, Bryan.

Michelle said...

Can we have a contest to design the dress for the cover?

Kiersten said...

Hey, I just wanted to randomly say I found your books by looking up my name [as we have the same name] and ended up loving them! I also find it funny that I want to be a writer! What are the odds?

Doreen McGettigan said...

I am looking forward to finishing #3 next month.
I wondering what to wear for the author photo for #1...

Wendy Sparrow said...

LOL. That's awesome. I love Michelle too... err... platonically. She is one of the most personable agents on Twitter and her sense of humor cracks me up.

I don't think there are enough choose-your-own-adventure books written for YAs. *raises eyebrows* I'm just sayin....

*snort laughs* My WV is phoonder... it should really be a word.

Whirlochre said...

All this — and the sequinned tap dance trio still remains a tantalising possibliity.

Madeleine said...

I love hearing about author/agent or author/editor relationships that aren't boring! It's so great when an author genuinely likes their agent/editor!

Brittania J. Surles said...

Funny Stuff!
Honesty is always awesome!

Good luck with finishing the book. :)