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A red letter day

Two pieces of good news about AT THE BOARDWALK today:

1. At the Boardwalk is one of the books featured today over at A Year of Reading. Thank you, Mary Lee!

2. I stopped into the Barnes & Noble store in Marlton, NJ today to purchase IMAGINE: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. Whilst there, I thought I'd visit my book - the first time I'd be seeing it inside a store. I was gobsmacked to find it faced on the featured picture book wall with a number of other sea- and summer-related titles. You may then imagine my shock when, after shoe-shopping for prom with M this evening, we found it in the same place on the featured picture book wall at the B&N in Cherry Hill, NJ as well.

So, uh, if you happen to be in a Barnes & Noble near you, could you check the picture book feature wall and let me know if this is a national thing? Because I might just faint dead away if it is . . . but I'd still like to know.

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Apr. 19th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
If only . . .
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Wow - congrats on the B&N placement - that's fantastic! I'm excited to have you sign a book for me this weekend at NESCBWI.

Also...thanks for the heads-up on the creativity book - haven't seen that one, but I am a complete sucker for books about creativity. Have you read Julie Burstein's SPARK?
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
I haven't read SPARK. But I did watch John Cleese's speech from 20 years ago the other day - have you seen it?
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Apr. 19th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
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Apr. 19th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for reporting! But yeah - either way it's awesome!
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)

I'll check at an OKC B&N tonight.
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Susan Colebank sent me a photo from New Hampshire, and there it is in the same spot on their featured pb wall, so I'm hopeful . . .
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
tanita says

YAY! I hope it IS a "thing." Not everywhere has a boardwalk, but if I was in Santa Cruz, I'd be all over checking it for you.
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says
It was spotted on the featured pb wall in New Hampshire as well, so I'm also hoping it IS a "thing". Guess I'll know more as time goes by . . .
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)

Apr. 19th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! Featured placement is huge. That's so exciting, Kelly!
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
No kidding! And I've heard that the book is in the same exact place on the featured pb wall in New Hampshire, so it's not just a Jersey thing!
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
I saw it in B&N (Freehold) yesterday :)
Apr. 21st, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon!
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I saw this at B&N and was so excited! I picked up a copy to share with my first graders.

Could you answer a question for them? How long did it take you to write this story and how many drafts did it take you? Thank you!

Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Why, THANK you!

It took me about 2 hours to write the first draft, which was a slightly different poem about the boardwalk AND the beach, and was only 5 stanzas long. Then I spent another three hours, during which I dropped one of the original stanzas and wrote four more, rearranging things as I went so it spanned the course of the day and was only about the boardwalk, not the beach or ocean. Then there were two rounds of revision on it, for a whole bunch more hours, and I sold the book to Tiger Tales, who wanted four more stanzas.

I talked it over with my editor, who agreed with me that the last stanza should split and slow the ending down, and I wrote three more stanzas. It took a LOT of time, including a research trip to the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. Probably 10-12 hours of writing time, not counting the beach time. And then there were a few more hours of revision before I sent it to my editor. And THEN she asked for a few changes (a word or line here and there), which took another few hours.

So . . . probably more than 30 hours of writing time, total.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm now compelled to hit our local B&N to check out the features wall. And so I can say, "I "know" her!!" LOL!
Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, of COURSE you know me!
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