Sunday was a members only day here at Novelists, Inc. in New York. Understandable since this is a business conference and the authors need a chance to talk their trade without worrying about what they say being taken out of context. This turned out to be a boon for me.
Jill Hurst, writer/producer of CBS’s The Guiding Light, invited me to a private tour of her workplace. I was honored to be allowed to see the behind the scenes workings of television. Every producer’s office doubles as a set for the popular soap opera. Jill’s office is a seedy motel room complete with a rollaway bed, dark panelling/brick, crooked, tacky pictures (that I was itching to straighten) and even a cracked, stained ceiling (I had a sense of deja vu…think I may have stayed here once). My favorite was a nail salon with spa area for pedicures. When the set is needed, the producer packs up and leaves for a while.
Everyone knows I’m not a shopper, but today is the last day of Macy’s flower show. Yes, they have real flowers everywhere. But since it’s not open yet, I decided to look for a Starbucks and read a book for an hour (I haven’t had much time for that lately). I asked a young lady for directions and she was going there too. That’s how I met Jessica Anderson.
Jessica is from North Carolina but working in New York while figuring out what she’s meant to do in life. We talked about being ready when that moment presents itself. She’s looking for something in a nonprofit organization and possibly out of the country. I told her I’d ask you all for advice, so post any ideas for Jessica. After meeting her, I’m sure she’ll make a difference anywhere she ends up.
Finally get into Macy’s only to find it so packed you can hardly move. Everyone has cameras out and the flashes are exploding everywhere. I look around to make sure I’m in a department store, but it truly is dazzling to see all the gorgeous flowers and plants. Like being in the season of Spring. After checking out all the floors, I head back to the hotel and am invited to lunch with author Dianne Drake, her husband Joel and author Lou Aronica who explained to me exactly how the bestseller lists are picked (a goofy system if I ever heard one) and how Book Scan works (I need to learn more about this).
|Sasha White, Sylvia Day, Diana Peterfreund know how to pick their desserts.|
I’m invited back into the conference just in time for the dessert break (they really know how to spread the love).
|C.H. Admirand, Susan Gable, Lynn Miller (aka Meg Lacy), Holly Jacobs…conference organizers extraordinaire|
The conference wraps up with a "come as you dress when you write" party which had a few in pajamas. More food, games, fun, laughs and in the end, hugs, kisses and good byes. I discovered many new authors and met some I’ve read in the past. This is one conference I hope I’m invited back to.
Bottom Line: I heart New York.