I can’t believe we’re in the last stretch of summer. I’m still getting mosquito bites and craving ice-cold lemonade, so it doesn’t feel like summer’s over. Say it ain’t so!!
A few months ago, my publisher sent me some Folded & Gathered (F&G) copies of my upcoming book, THE PAPER KINGDOM. Subscribers to my website already got a sneak peek via my newsletter, but here are some images. I love how the book is turning out! The official launch date is February 18, 2020, but it’s available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N. If you do pre-order, save your receipt because I’ll be running a giveaway soon 🙂
Folded & Gathered copies (also known as F&Gs or Advance Reader Copies) are looseleaf, unbound versions of the book. F&Gs are reviewed carefully by the publishing house (for color correction, last edits, etc.) before it goes off to the printer to become the hardback bound copies you’ll find at bookstores and libraries. So it’s the final review step!
This image from the back cover really moves me. The story is based on my childhood, when my parents worked as night janitors at a corporate building for a few years. On nights when a relative or friend couldn’t watch over me, they took me with them to work. And with their stories, they made those tedious nights very magical for a cranky four-year-old. So magical that I wrote a book about it!
I love this image from illustrator Pascal Campion. It’s one of his iconic nighttime panels (similar to the ones he drew for The New Yorker) with my characters driving to work. So beautiful.
F&G copies are also sent to bookstores, libraries and reviewers to create interest and early buzz. I’m so utterly grateful to the librarians and booksellers who’ve already started expressing enthusiasm for the book on industry sites. Their reviews are making me weep with gratitude, and perhaps I’ll be able to share a few reviews with you as the launch date draws near.
The summer was a mix of being homebodies with Sherwin, and some really fun travel.
Here are some images of our summer at home:
Sherwin looks especially stout (and handsome) in his favorite place: our front yard. He loves spying on neighbors and yelling at other dogs.
I often like to write on a sofa facing our backyard patio. If you look to the right, there’s a lemon tree that grows way too much fruit. I can’t keep up! I gave away many bags of lemons. I think lemon juice is oozing out of my pores.
A good friend had her debut novel released by HarperCollins this summer, so we threw her a little lunch party in our backyard. With lemon chiffon cake (I didn’t bake it!).
Lemonade I made with lemons and mint from our backyard. Very cold and not too sweet — just the way I like it!
I attended the SCBWI conference this summer, and one of the best sessions was a chat with Arthur Levine. He’s the editor who brought the Harry Potter books to the U.S. He basically made history, and is now the owner of his own independent publishing house. He’s pictured with Lin Oliver, a founder of SCBWI. The session was full of insider info about the publishing industry, including a close look at an acquisitions meeting. That’s where the publishing co decides whether or not to make an offer for a writer’s manuscript. Fascinating. Yes, I took copious notes!
Here are some photos from our amazing trip to Paris, Provence and Corsica. I LOVE traveling in France. So much beauty, great food, culture and yes, even friendly people — especially in the south!
Fondling fruit at the farmer’s market in Aix.
I love French elegance.
And you know how I feel about chocolate! This is from Joël Durand‘s shop in St. Rémy.
Hanging out with family in Provence.
Look at those beautiful old buildings. The Geno looks happy bc we stuffed ourselves with chocolate.
And finally, here’s a little video to warm your heart:
I’ll be back soon with more updates. Until then, enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
Sherwin and his lady poodle friend Brioche haven’t been able to see much of each other during this extended lockdown period. So Brioche’s talented & hilarious human sent us a photo to express how much Brioche misses Sherwin, who apparently resembles a 1930s gangster (Edward G. Robinson) in her fantasies 😂 #batpig #sherwinthedog #frenchiesofinstagram...
I love this so much—the handsome lil’ man, his expression & hat, the lovely words that accompany the photo...everything! Thank you, @katmet33 💕 @get_repost
He was asked to bring in his favorite book to preschool, and here it is! The Paper Kingdom is one I actually purchased for myself because I remember having to go to my mom's job at a factory after school. I also remember my first job after college at a law firm, the big conference rooms and mountains of paper. A paper kindgsom is an apt description. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautful, and although I enjoyed the story for my own reasons, it was just as engaging for him and he excitedly tells me what is next. He asks for this book every night, and you will be happy to know that he said he would be a nice and happy king in his paper kindgom.
#thepaperkingdom #thepaperkingdombook #pascalcampionart...
My parents and I are in the New York Times today! My dad’s reaction: “Now that I’m famous, does this mean I have to behave in public?” Yes dad, watch out for the paparazzi 😂 (We’re at the top of the Tiny Love Stories column, and will be in Sunday’s print edition as well ❤️) #nytimes #dadhumor #modernlove...
Here’s a PSA for #nationaldogday — Sherwin (left) is not a pug (right). On our early morning walk, a nice man (in a mask, of course) stepped into the street to let us have the sidewalk. When I nodded thanks, he nodded back and said, “Pug’s priority.” Sherwin and I let that mistake slide, but he insisted I clarify that he is a bulldog, not a pug. #frenchiesofinstagram #frenchbulldog #sherwinthedog...