And now I can regale you with BEA: A Photo Essay. (I used to have my students do a photo essay assignment when I taught 10th grade English. I am sure they LOVED it.) First up: This is my street the morning before I left. (Daphne, if you are reading this, please let me know if you want me to remove this picture of your very lovely home.)
And here we have me, Don Weisberg (the President of Penguin Books for Young Readers), and Jodi Reamer, my agent. And a giant poster of MATCHED. These two people, along with (of course) my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, are the ones who have been behind MATCHED all the way and who have put their faith in this book and in me. It’s an incredible honor to work with them.
The line at BEA. Jodi, who took this picture, assures me that it is actually the line for MATCHED at BEA. I would think she were lying to me to support my delusions of grandeur, but Penguin has been so great at getting the word out about the book that I am tempted to believe Jodi. And then I remember the last signing I had a month or so ago, where I signed five books, and I doubt again. Authors. Why are we so insecure? 😉 (For the record, I never actually doubt Jodi. That would be stupid.)
A pile of beautiful, beautiful MATCHED ARCs. I found out at BEA that the model in the photo and the photographer are the same person. Her name is Samantha Aide and she is incredibly gorgeous and talented (obviously).
And the grand finale. A photo of the YA Buzz Panel. From left: Rebecca Maizel, Erin Bow, me, Sophie Jordan, and Kody Keplinger. This was a really, really fun panel and the moderator was fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s books. These were all very lovely women with extraordinary imaginations and I felt very lucky to be in their company.
And so ends BEA, the Photo Essay. The writing in this photo essay was not nearly as good as my students’ was when they did this assignment. I’m going to blame it on the fact that I am trying to write a sequel and potty-train Boy 2 AT THE SAME TIME. What? That’s no excuse? How about the fact that I am also heading off to present at the WIFYR Workshop this afternoon and I can’t find my handouts? I can’t teach without handouts! They are my security blanket. I don’t know who stole them. Probably the same person that made me lose my camera after BEA.