Wednesday, April 11, 2007

SEVEN...ER... EIGHT THINGS I LIKE ABOUT NEW YORK

5 pm and cheek-numbing-cold-but-not-those-cheeks-you-naughty-thing-degrees

1. CHANDELIERS
This is the chandelier in the Warwick Hotel. I have walked under it about a hundred times now.
2. DOORMEN
I wanted to take a picture of Harry the doorman but he was too shy so I took the chandelier instead. If I wasn't married to an architect I would marry a doorman. They are SO helpful and they know EVERYTHING!

3. REALLY COOL BUILDINGS
I think all the buildings in NY ROCK hugely. They are totally cool.

4. ALL THE PLACES I CAN GET MY PICTURE TAKEN
This morning I had breakfast with my publicist Megan (and how totally fun is THAT to say!) I talked so much my eggs got cold. Right after that I had lunch with my editor Peternelle (how totally double fun is that to say).
She took me to a really great place for bento lunches and walked me along fifth avenue (the street not the candy bar) and then around Central Park. Then she ABANDONED me and went back to work. (How rude it that?) Nah...just kidding. I went over to MOMA (the art museum) and got as far as the gift shop.
5. COOL STUFF THAT GOES STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR (SIDEWAYS)

Like St. Patricks Church.
6. BROADWAY PLAYS

I am going to my first Broadway play tonight -- in about 2 hours. WICKED!!! I am way too excited.
7.COMING BACK TO NEW YORK IN JUNE
I love it so much I am coming back in June to visit again (are you ready Dorian and Peternelle?)

AND MOST OF ALL NUMBER 8!!!!!
MISS SNARK.
I HEART MISS SNARK

So girls and boys. The debut author's first New York trip is almost over.
What did I learn?
There are a BUNCH of people responsible for getting a book out to readers. There is much an author can do to market themselves and participate in publicity. You cannot just sit back and say "Okay I wrote the book now you do the rest."
Authors have to be proactive and thinking.
There is a lot of published fiction out there.
For your book to do well you have to be willing to work at it.
Let me know how you liked the virtual trip we have taken together (virtual for you -- real for me)


THIS WAS PAT.

THIS WAS PAT IN NEW YORK.

Any questions?

15 comments:

Therese said...

I have a question: what are "bento lunches?"

No other questions, but dang, woman, you are too funny! I'm so glad you're having a grand time there.

Doormen rule, for sure.

And as for chandeliers...if you get time (or next trip) check out the one in the Waldorf lobby--and the astonishing mosaic beneath it.

ORION said...

Bentos are Japanese boxed lunches and they are wildly delicious!
They have all these little compartments with really good things to eat.
I will make it a point to swing by the Waldorf!

Katie said...

Pat, you are making me reminisce about my first trip to New York -- a month ago! ;-)

Have fun at Wicked!

Anissa said...

These posts were the absolute best! Love love loved them. Felt like I was right there with you. Thanks for sharing.

Demon Hunter said...

Felt like I was right there with you, Pat. Thanks! Loved the virtual trip! :*) Glad you had so much fun! Too cool!

adrienne said...

Sigh. Sounds just lovely! And now I really want a bento box (where I live in Toronto I am surrounded by excellent Sushi places!)

When are you returning in June? I'm going to be in town on the 1st for the Book Expo. But for some reason I have a feeling you were coming a bit later than that . . . poo.

LadyBronco said...

Pat, I have thoroughly enjoyed my trip to New York through your blog.

I am very glad you had such a wonderful time. :0)

Can't wait to hear what show you went to!

Miss Snark said...

I believe you are missing a VERY important #8!!!! (ahem!!!!)

ORION said...

Post has been edited by embarrassed debut author.
Hey!
Who left the empty gin bottles in my closet!
What's this white fuzzy poddle hair doing in my brush!
HOLY COW there's stiletto holes in the rug!
Wait...
A bulge behind the curtain.
CLUNK!
ARRGHHH!!!
Who am I?
Why does my head hurt?
Can I still play the piano?

Gay said...

You met Miss Snark? And I get to post on your blog? WOW.

I will lose all touch with reality (and my cat will take over my computer, and type madly--but he only knows how to spell curse words correctly) if you ALSO met KY. My cat has a thing for KY.

M. G. Tarquini said...

I totally can't wait to talk to you.

Anonymous said...

OMG you met Miss Snark????

Totally cool!

Heidi the Hick said...

Blogging is so great. Thanks for the vicarious tour!

Kiskadee said...

Hi Pat! I first went to NY in 1978 and loved it! You brought back memoreies - and given me a new goal: to return as a newly signed author, not before! Just amazing and wonderful.

cindy said...

i love seeing the book cover on your blog site. its a great book cover. i am very happy and excited for you. (its been wonderful to catch up with you this way; thanks for sending me the link.)