Back in Town, Belated Winners, Parties, Oh My!

Hey, guys! I’m back from New York and back to work. No rest for the weary ’round these parts. Is anyone else doing Seventy Days of Sweat? Every time I get started, a new pile of work lands on my desk — revisions, first page proofs, you name it. Check out the Sven blog today for another post by me — this one about how tough it is to work in the face of outside forces. But work we must; especially since we have due dates. šŸ˜‰



By the way, these are random drawings, care of the good people at

Ah, New York! So I got in early Tuesday morning and popped up to Harper Collins to pick up my First Page Proofs. Oooooh, pretty. Because I am horribly challenged when it comes to the order of the non-numbered streets in Manhattan, there was a little east/west confusion with the whole Lexington/Madison/Park thing and I wound up all the way on the East side before I figured out I was going the wrong way. Anyway, I had a nice chat with my editor’s assistant, Corey (Hi, Corey! If you read the blog!) and then headed out to work on them. I spent the day working with Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare (who has an AWESOME new cover), Maureen Johnson, and Bennett Madison. I did not get a lot of work done. I mostly bugged them all in turn. It’s pathetic. I’m sure if IĀ  saw these folks more often, I would actually write during writing dates, rather than play catch up and show them all my cover mock up and tell Libba all about our house-hunting adventures from last summer.

(In passing, I’m going to another one today, with Bennett and Lavinia Kent. And I will WORK!)

Anyway, after the writing date, Maureen and Bennett and I headed over to Butter for Melissa Walker and Marianne Mancusi’s book release party, which was a lot of fun. You can see all the details here, along with Marianne’s pictures, and here, along with Melissa’s.

Scott Westerfeld, Marianne Mancusi, Me, and Melissa Walker

Me, I didn’t take pictures. I was too busy drinking martinis and not eating food, sadly. I was tipsy. Justine made fun of me, rightly. Note to self: have dinner before going to book parties. I also saw Chris Keesler, Elizabeth Kerri Mahon (who has an amazing blog called Scandalous Women), Hope Tarr, and Liz Maverick.

After the party, Marianne, her boyfriend Jacob, and I went back to Marianne’s place where I met Molly (oooh, adorable! So much cuter than even her pictures!) ate deli food, and watched a hilarious episode of South Park about goths vs. vampires.

(This is Molly. She has excellent taste in books.)

Looking at Marianne’s dog made me very homesick for Rio. I’ve hardly been away from her overnight since we got her.

The next morning, I caught the subway into Manhattan, which was surreal. I lived in Astoria for almost nine months, back in 2001-2002, and took the N train every single day, and it was like I’d never been there before in my life. I had to reacquaint myself to the elevated trains and all. I can’t believe my memory is so pathetic. (Then again, between my horrible landlords and my horrible job, I think I blocked a lot of that year out. I mostly remember lunches with my friend Lauren, Buffy nights at Rachel’s, and the most amazing Seder dinner ever.)

Anyway, I met my editor, Kerri, for what I’m sure we shall remember in the future as a legendary breakfast, and we talked about books and went over the full cover of Tap & Gown, which I love! Then I went back to work on those pesky page proofs, discovered a huge continuity error in my book, called Carrie Ryan to have a panic attack over it (she calmed me down, thanks Carrie) and returned to DC with Bennett Madison in tow.

In honor of the book party, today’s giveaway is a signed copy of Melissa Walker’s VIOLET IN PRIVATE. Leave a comment here to be entered into the giveaway.

Off to work! Poor Rio’s got another day of kennel thumb-twiddling in her future!

Posted in diversions, giveaway winners, giveaways, Justine, other writers, party girl, Rio, Scott, SSG, WOW, writing life, YA

36 Responses to Back in Town, Belated Winners, Parties, Oh My!

  1. Fenna says:

    Comment!!! (am I the first again???)…Hope to get this book…X

  2. Emily M. says:

    Sounds like a fabulous time. The picture of the dog is too cute!

  3. Alyssa says:


  4. beth says:

    sounds like a fun time! the dog is super cute.

  5. ILuvLA says:

    Is it just me, or does this Cover + Title = Porn? I mean, could that skirt be any shorter?

    I’ve gotta stop snarking covers …

  6. Thanks for comingh to the party! It was so great to hang with you!! I have to get down to DC soon to meet Rio in person (in dog?).

    I started Rampant this AM and am already LOVING it!!


  7. Bill Clark says:

    Love the pic of Molly! Such an erudite dog!

    What has Rio been reading lately?

  8. Robin says:

    It sounds like you had a great time! I’m sure Rio missed you just as much as you missed her!

  9. Alexa says:

    Sounds like a very fun time and Molly is so cute. Glad I’m not the only person who gets confused in NY but then I also get confused in DC, not strong on direction!
    The books sounds fun.

  10. Laurie says:

    GIVEAWAY! Ack that book looks really cool!

  11. Tesse says:

    Haha, yea that title paired with the book cover s a little… pornish (not a word, but it fits). This book looks really good despite the title and cover (which is not that bad setting aside the… *almost* porn).

  12. Tiff says:

    I’m so glad you posted a debrief–sounds like an exciting time!

    The book sounds awesome.

    I should tell you, Diana, that I’m now working on an essay on teen language and the stigma of YA literature–I’ll be looking at SSG as a sort of “transition into adult literature and language” book. I’m super-excited!

  13. I loved meeting you in person, Diana! Thanks so much for coming. And reading. And drinking. xo, M

  14. Aimee C says:

    Count me in, this contest sounds great! Thanks!

  15. Teresa W. says:

    I;d like to be included!

  16. ahays says:

    Took Poodle to see Santa Wednesday: she asked him for a book! You wouldn’t recognize her. Hope to see you soon.

  17. Kiss of Paradise says:

    Count me in!!

    kiss-of-paradise at hotmail dot com

  18. JAM Ryan says:

    The dog in reading glasses is great. Count me in for the contest.

  19. Violet says:

    I love the covers of the entire Violet enter me if international

  20. katayoun says:

    one cool party! and that photo of molly is wonderful!! annnnnd would love to read voilet

  21. Kayla F says:

    Would love to be entered.

  22. Tara says:

    Comment. The book looks really cool. >.<

  23. Diana Dang says:

    I would love to win the book!

  24. Amber G says:

    Oh – please enter me! I have read the first two books and would love to win the third!

  25. Julie M says:

    Oh my gosh! That dog is adorable! Anyway, this is my comment.

  26. Rima B. says:

    Please enter me!
    I would love to add this to my library!
    I’ve only read the first one, but I’m trying
    to get ahold of the second and third!


  27. Jenna says:

    I hope I win this book! I loved Violet on the Runway and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

  28. Paradox says:

    Too late to enter? I really want to read it!

  29. Angie says:

    That dog looks really snazzy. :]

    I’d love to win that book!

  30. Thao says:

    Count me in, I want to read this book. The dog is so cute hehe

  31. furies says:

    there is another book coming out?? EEEE!! i am so belated in realizing this, but so thrilled! i hope there’s more of poe. šŸ™‚

  32. Nicole says:

    ooo i’d love to be entered! looks like a great booK!!

  33. Diana says:

    furies, yes, there is another book coming out. It’s called Tap & Gown. Out next May. Tell your friends! šŸ˜‰

  34. dulce says:

    omg i won!!!!!!!

    so how do i give you my address?

  35. dulce says:

    and btw, why did you put that link up for random?????

    i could waste so much time there doing nothing but flipping coins!!!

    so not good during finals week…


  36. theDizzy says:

    Nice! I love violet in private! And I ditto dulce above me… could totally waste finals week away doing that!


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