I am sad to see J ride off into the sunset to join the other wonderful Emu’s of Debuts past, but I loved her post on preparing for book signing events. Having worked in book stores for years I’m always happy for an excuse to spend time surrounded by books and book people. Thanks to J’s post, I’ve discovered yet another thing to look forward to about book signings. Shopping for new office supplies!
Right after bookstores, my second-favorite retail-type establishments are absolutely office supply stores. There’s something soothing about walking down aisles filled with my favorite type of pen (Uni-ball Vision) and stacked bricks of index cards. There was a time when white legal pads really did it for me, but these days I’m an index card and cork board kind of girl.
I love office supplies so much, when we were having some fun with KidLit Beauty Tips over on facebook a while back, my Before and After advice looked like this:
Right now I’m at the read-through stage with my second novel for Sourcebooks which I’m very excited about. Going over a printed copy is a great way to find all sorts of glitches and for noting places where the writing is perhaps not quite as brilliant as it was originally perceived it to be. It’s a crucial step in my revision process and just as crucial is having the PERFECT RED PEN for marking up the manuscript.
It’s an obvious stretch to say I became a writer because of the office supplies, but shopping for them as a part of my job description is a huge perk. Thank you so much J for sharing the happy news that there are pens in my future beyond my trusty Uni-balls. (Why can’t I get that to sound right?)
Whatever type of pen you use, make sure to mark your calendar for Natalie’s big LAUNCH PARTY starting right here this Monday. There may or may not be Flying Dragons present, but rumor has it Santa Duck and Zombie Buddy will be crashing the party.