Almost an Extra on Law and Order: SVU

Barbara Vey -- March 29th, 2008

Breakfast Buds:  Barbara Meyers, Beth Ciotta, Lori Avacato, Mary Stella

Friday morning came early with a quick Continental breakfast and speaker David Wolf, Attorney for the Novelists, Inc. Legal Fund.  He answered questions about legal issues connected to a writing career.  I didn’t realize how much was involved until one writer was explaining about the legalities of action figures based on characters.  Really, how cool would it be to see your favorite characters as action figures?

Next up was keynote speaker Theresa Rebeck who’s first novel, Three Sisters and Their Brother will be out next week.  Theresa is also a playwright, prime-time tv writer, essayist and film writer.  Her new play, Mauritius opened in fall 2007 and she wrote for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, LA Law, Third Watch and NYPD Blue.  Theresa has also produced feature films.  She said  she decided to be a playwright when she realized that "These people don’t have any more talent than me, they have more courage than me."  

My favorite part was when she told us she had to leave the "sitcom psychotic environment."  I always thought writing sitcoms would be a lot of fun.  Apparently not.  After meeting Theresa, I can’t wait to read her book.

Jennifer Enderlin, Jennifer Crusie and Laura Resnick.
My lunch buddies.  Top:  Ann Roth, Barbara Meyers, Leigh Riker. Bottom:  Sylvie Kurtz, Joanna Novins, Susan Lyons

Jennifer Crusie and her editor Jennifer Enderlin discussed "Taking Chances in Publishing."  They’ve worked together for 12 years and it showed with their easy banter.  

I had to leave early to run over to the St. Regis Hotel for high tea where I met local authors Dee Davis and

Dee Davis and Kathleen O’Reilly

Kathleen O’Reilly.  This place was absolutely gorgeous with an extensive tea list (I had decaf coffee, pathetic, I know).  Then came the bite size sandwiches and decadent desserts.  What a delicious way to meet two new (to me) authors who had me laughing to the point of tears.  (I want you to know that I walked 24 blocks back to the hotel to work some of this off)

The cocktail party was a great time for everyone to kick back after a long day of seminars, and editor/agent meetings.  This group cleans up well.

Sarah Wendall, Mary Stella, Karen Auerbach (Director of Publicity, Kensington), Kate Duffy and Beth Ciotta.  Not pictured:  LaToya Smith, Editor, Grand Central Publishing who had to leave early.

Dinner was a romance lovefest at Grand Central Station.  Kate Duffy (Editorial Director at Kensington) brought together a mix of authors, editors, publicist and bloggers for an unforgettable evening of romance trivia, publishing history and famous people encounters (Kate’s dad’s college roommate was on PT 109 with JFK and Mary Stella ran into Jackie Kennedy…literally).  I got to meet Sarah Wendall (Smart Bitches/Trashy Books) who calls Kate "the Julia Childs of romance" and will have a book published next year with her fellow blogger, Candy, about a guide to romance.  Congrats Sarah and Candy!

Kate, being the super hostess she is, managed to have us at the  restuarant just as they were shooting an episode of Law and Order: SVUBeth Ciotta was having a squee moment and asked me to take a picture of actor Christopher Meloni.  Well, the assistant director starting yelling at me about no flashes and I thought security was going to come after me.  

Bottom Line:  Mariska Hargitay was there too, but Beth didn’t want a picture of her.  Thank goodness, I probably would have been arrested.


18 thoughts on “Almost an Extra on Law and Order: SVU

  1. Jusy

    Ohhh! High tea at St Regis. Very good tea. I do high tea in the city at least once a year. It’s great treat that I do with my little sisters which now includes my niece.

  2. Christy

    Barb, I feel as if I’ve been there with you! Thanks for making us feel like we’re part of the conference, too! And please, whatever you do, don’t get arrested!!!!

  3. Christy

    Barb, I feel as if I’ve been there with you! Thanks for making us feel like we’re part of the conference, too! And please, whatever you do, don’t get arrested!!!!

  4. Kathleen O'Reilly

    LAW AND ORDER:SVU ??? I love that show!!!It’s stolen the special Law & Order place in my heart since Jerry Orbach died. Barb, it was mah-valous, dahlink. I can see that next time, I’m going to have to swing those tickets to Colbert Report.

  5. Dee Davis

    We were the lucky ones–having tea with Barbara was so much fun. She had me in stiches! And SVU — I’m so jealous! My husband is actually in an episode–he was standing on the corner outside a restaurant where they were filming. And so he’s in the shot. Don’t think he’ll qualify for screen actors guild though! Thanks for a lovely afternoon, Barbara and a great blog!

  6. Barbara Vey

    Shari, I only got a far away picture and from the back. :( Lori, thanks a lot. I really thought I was justifying all that great food. I’ll be working my butt off when I get home.

  7. violet s

    Wow Barbara–that’s as close as I’ll ever get to SVU–talk about 6 degrees of separation!! (I know Barbara who was in NYC at a restaurant with Chris & Mariska etc..) Thanks for the blog!!


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