If you keep tabs on me at all (something I encourage, by the way), you’ll know I’ve been a busy little bee. This past Friday was a major deadline for me and on Monday, Thomas Nelson flew me out to attend my first ever sales conference.
My two day trip went a little something like this:
Fly, fly fly… Sacramento to Atlanta to Nashville. My gorgeous and amazingly statuesque editor, Becky Monds, picked me up at the airport and we scampered off to dinner with Allen Arnold.
For the uninformed, Allen is the Publisher at Nelson Fiction. He is incredibly personable and not at all scary. Though he too is awfully tall. I was a bit jealous, to be honest.
My seafood pasta was delish, though I ate most of it back at my hotel room cause I was far too chatty at dinner. What do you expect, right? Lock me in a plane for 6 hours and I come up with tons of material.
But, I digress…
Allen told me some cool things about my cover which I can’t reveal just yet, but SOON I’ll be able to share and maybe get your input on a few things. Becky and I spent the rest of dinner explaining to Allen just why Breaking Dawn is the worst book in the Twilight Saga. And yet, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be surprised if we showed up somewhere wearing matching I
Again with the digressing…
Tuesday morning, the insanely adorable Amanda Bostic picked us up at the hotel. And by ‘us’ I mean me and ANDREW KLAVAN. If you’re not familiar with his work, you so should be. I didn’t ask for his autograph cause that would be weird, but I did get to chat with him about writing motorcycle chases and about his upcoming release, CRAZY DANGEROUS. Comes out in May and I cannot wait to read it.
Oh, oh, oh!!! Something else that comes out in May: ANGEL EYES. That’s right, my debut, originally scheduled to come out sometime in July, has been bumped to May. Tell me that’s not super cool?
Back to the conference… Young Adult was up first, so Andrew got up there and did his thing… inspiring! And then Becky and I took the stage for a little Q&A. She asked me questions and I answered them, revealing far too much about my childhood obsession with Carman–sorry about that, Allen.
And then, I was done. Phew! Got to watch the rest of the editorial team unveil a bunch of new books they have coming out–really, really great list by the way.
Then I got to spend time with Eric Mullet from Marketing and Katie Bond and Ruthie Dean in Publicity. Got to chat with Jodi Hughes, Editorial Assistant extraordinaire and then they whisked us off to lunch.
And that was a great experience. I got to sit around the table with our editorial team, publicity, marketing and three different buyers. Eye-opening and so much to take in.
Before heading back to the airport, they took us back to the Thomas Nelson headquarters where I raided their book stash and filmed a short video for the team to use in promotions.
It was an amazing time and I just have to say how impressed I am with the team at Nelson Fiction. They were so welcoming and supportive and just on top of stuff. I can’t believe how much work they do daily on behalf of all of their authors and our books. They really are making dreams come true.
I’m just… grateful. Very, very grateful.
THANK YOU, THOMAS NELSON!