Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York

Posted by Lynne Griffin

Manage your expectations. Be grateful for whatever support you’re offered. These mantras played through my mind as I shopped for the perfect jacket and the right accessories the day before I left for New York to meet my marketing and publicity teams. I was excited but I was nervous too. Was Life Without Summer really a lead title? And what does that actually mean?

My trip was full of highlights and surprises. The first one came before I left, when my husband called me from work to say he’d like to come with. He said he knew the meetings would go well, and he planned to take me out on the town; we could enjoy a night together in the city.

Once in NY, he checked us into our lovely hotel, and my first stop was to meet my fantastic agent and her newborn son. More beautiful than any of his pictures, her baby is a little prince. Next stop, the neighborhood bistro next to her apartment where we eat marvelous food and talked about my work-in-progress. I am blessed to have an agent who offers kind yet honest, spot on editorial guidance as well as support in navigating the marketplace.

Our lunch flew by and suddenly it was time to grab a cab and head to St. Martin’s Press, located in the Flatiron Building. Elisabeth and I had been told we’d be meeting with the publisher, Sally Richardson. I was excited to meet her, still I told myself anything can happen. She’s busy, she’s the publisher; something could come up, don’t get your hopes up. The next thing I knew, my editor, my agent, and I were sitting in her historic office. She talked about how much she loved my novel and how excited everyone in house was about publishing it. I owed my speechlessness to her stellar view of the city, where the east and west sides meet, where if you look as far as the eye can see, there's Central Park.

In our next meeting with Vice President and Associate Publisher, Lisa Senz and her enthusiastic assistant, Sarah Goldstein, we viewed and discussed cover art. Evidence of my team's hard work was everywhere in that office. The collective refrain was how important it was to get everything from the cover to the marketing efforts just right. I’ve been grateful at every step in the process thus far and I've tried as best I can to convey my appreciation, but in that moment I was in awe of how much my input is valued.

The house support for my novel is humbling. Editor-in-chief, George Witte joined our meeting, as did publicists, Dori Weintraub and Colleen Schwartz, each sharing his or her enthusiasm and strong commitment for the novel as well as the unique role each plays in bringing Life Without Summer to readers. Before leaving, I met the foreign rights director responsible for my sales to France, Holland and Germany. Parting gifts of the books, Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay and Bitter Sweets, by Roopa Farooki, rounded out the afternoon. I can't wait to read them.

Hours after arriving at St. Martin's Press, I walked out of the building, my high heels barely touching the pavement. My novel is going to be published in April 2009. As I write this post, it’s a full week later and I still wake up each morning in need of a good pinch. My writer’s dream is coming true.

19 comments:

Patti said...

this gave me chills...congratulations!

Larramie said...

Many more sweet dreams for you, Lynne!

The Writers' Group said...

Thanks Patti and Larramie. Dreams do come true! Thanks for your support.

Lynne

Sustenance Scout said...

Lynne, you're living the dream!! Congratulations not only on all you're experiencing (and will experience!) but for all the hard work it's taken to get you to this well-deserved place. Hugs from Denver! K.

The Writers' Group said...

Thanks, Karen! Your comment reminds me of one of my favorite quotes.

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

Thanks for all your well wishes.

Lynne

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

I'm thrilled for you, Lynne. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

The Writers' Group said...

Right back at you, Judy. You've been so generous, sharing your journey with me and our readers. It's writers like you who give others the strength to persevere. Thank you! Lynne

Kristy Kiernan said...

Oh, LOVELY!! So happy for you, Lynne. Enjoy every second (((hugs)))

The Writers' Group said...

Thanks, Kristy. You are always so supportive. And I've learned a lot by watching your journey. Can't wait for Matters of Faith. Keep us posted on your travels. Boston??

Lynne

Ark Lady said...

Great adventure...and much congratulations. I hope you will enjoy Sarah's Key as much as I did.

The Writers' Group said...

Ark Lady,

I read the first chapter after reading your post and must say it is captivating. Everyone at St. Martin's is raving. And thank you for the congrats! Best, Lynne

Therese said...

Wonderful, wonderful, and richly deserved!

The Writers' Group said...

Thank you so much, Therese! I longingly followed your journey toward publication of Souvenir, ever hopeful I'd have my own. Dreams come true, don't they!!

Can't wait for Reunion! Lynne

Yansor said...

Hello Lynne, the SMP team are truly fantastic people. I only wished I lived in the US to see them more often !
All best to you,
Tatiana de Rosnay

The Writers' Group said...

Hello Tatiana,

They are smart, enthusiastic and committed! We are so fortunate. Congrats on all the wonderful things happening for Sarah's Key. They raved about the book and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Thanks for commenting. Best, Lynne

Yansor said...

Merci Lynne !

Dot said...

Congratulations Lynne!!
The excitement was palpable in your post. Thanks for sharing.
Dottie Grant Cohen

Patry Francis said...

This wonderful post brought back my own magical trip to meet my publisher for the first time. Congrats on all the exciting things that have happened for you since I last checked. The foreign sales! The lead title!!! I can't wait to read it!

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