Jenny Gardiner and me. John "turn the camera the other way" Robison and me. Bella Stander (elegant, and tall in the red shirt) at the Kensington Booth where Kim Reid (seated, shown signing her book) took the booth by storm and generated such buzz!
I'm still reeling from attending BEA, Book Expo America. I spent time with John, Jenny Gardiner, Bella Stander, Carolyn Bass Burns and Kim Reid, whose book I'm now half way through and completely engrossed. I practically missed my train stop because I was in Atlanta in 1979 for 80 minutes!
Go to www.kimreid.com to learn about her Memoir on growing up with Mom who was on the Wayne Williams child murder cases in Atlanta in the late 70's.
I met more Backspacers, got an ARC of LOTTERY, met super agent Janet Reid who very kindly had pulled a brochure on autism and was hoping to run into me - and lo and behold she did! That's was uber-karma in my book.
I chatted with several of the good people at Crown about John's book and purchasing power/word of mouth momentum in the autism community.
I met a wonderful editor at St. Martin's who works with (drumroll please) my writing idol Janet Evanovich. "Hi, Jen E.! Hugs to your beautiful son N and precious daughter J." We shared personal stories that make me feel so strongly that my book has great potential in exactly the way I'd hoped. I was quite blown away by meeting her for myriad reasons - all good.
I mentioned her to John and guess what? She works with his brother Augusten. Small world. Big publishers! LOL!
I came home and my husband and Mom had taken the girls for haircuts. Dinner was just coming off the grill. And I am still on cloud 9 after my fabulous day in NY.