So … how did it go?
Okay, my day with Avon was fabulous! I wish I had time to tell you all about it, but I’ll just give you a brief update now and spread the details out over the week, I think.
I started out the day having tea with Ms. Eloisa, which was delightful. She was extremely gracious and gave me some great tips for pitching my book, and we talked about kids and life and her books, and it was just great. Plus, I’ve got a signed ARC of Desperate Duchesses now!
Tessa Woodward squired me around for the rest of the day, and she is just about the nicest person ever. I met people in publicity and marketing and cover art and the publisher (all of which I’ll detail in future posts), and we went to lunch with another of the editors, Esi Sogah, who is extremely fun and witty. Tessa and Esi are the first filter for all queries and manuscripts submitted to Avon, and they had a lot of entertaining ‘cautionary tales’ about bad author etiquette – things none of you would do anyway, but I’ll give you the details in a future post.
I left the building with three bags full of books – and now my challenge is to pack them up before I need to check out of the hotel. So I have to sign off for now! More later.
Oh, I will tell you this – contrary to what many supposed, the Avon editors DID read the Fanlit entries, very closely! The editors took turns each week, and Tessa tells me they read at least the top 25. They dug deep when choosing the editorial pick, and didn’t solely consider winners or finalists. And they met for hours every week to decide how to, ahem, challenge us next, with the pots of chocolate and bold declarations, etc. And I think they’re going to do it again! I also heard rumors there may be a social hour for Fanlitters at RWA in Dallas. Yay!