Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Welcome to my lair, I mean blog.

Well, hello!  If I’m reading this sidebar-thing correctly, then I have exactly two new members joining me today, and to those kind people I would just like to say:  WELCOME.  I hope you both enjoy this blogging experience and return to blog with us for all of your future blogging needs.

I’ll admit, when it comes to work and self-promotion, I’m usually more of the swim quietly under the radar and then ATTACK when they’re not looking kind of a person.  But now that my first book is coming out in February, I should probably start swimming more where the people can actually see me.  Otherwise known as Start a Blog.


p.s. it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, hence all the attack-talk.  (I'm usually much nicer.)

Anyway, a little more about me since that's maybe why you're here.  Up until the end of 2010, I was working as Senior Editor at an imprint of Penguin Young Readers called Razorbill, except for this one time when a pretty important magazine accidentally called us "Razorfish."  Razorfish was a great place to be an editor!  I made some of my very best friends while getting to work with a lot of awesome writers like Richelle Mead, Lili St. Crow, Kathy Reichs, Josh Lieb, Kevin Bolger, and Robert Paul Weston, to name just a few.  I traveled to conferences, brainstormed fun series ideas (more sharks, anyone?), rarely ate lunch, and even got to meet Hanson, whichas anyone who went to summer camp in the early to mid '90s could tell youis a Very Big Deal.  

Then I started a wonderful low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, where I began working on a YA novel all about love, loss, and heartbreak (except it's funny too, I swear!), that pretty soon after sold to Dial/Penguin and made me so happy!

But one morning, after months of exactly zero sleep, I realized I was beginning to feel more like the zombies in the books I was editing than an actual human being.  So even though it wasn't easy, I finally decided to leave Razorfish behind for new adventures in writing full-time.  Scary, yes, but also EXCITING!  

I still miss the team and our hallway dance-offs a lot, but I know I made the right decision.  If things don't work out, I figure I can always go back to school to live my real dream (don't tell my editor) of becoming a Dolphin Sociologist.  But for now, things are pretty great!  I even get to eat lunch a few times a week now, which is a definite plus.

And on the days when the writing life gets lonely, I get to snuggle with this guy.  He is also an excellent copyeditor, it turns out, and is currently taking on freelance clients. (That's a mouse on his head, fyi.)

I know.  How lucky am I?  

Answer:  VERY.   : ) 

Until we blog again!