Saturday, March 19, 2011

New York! New York!

Like kids, the Big Apple never sleeps. Admit it—you fantasize about shopping at Jimmy Choo’s, followed by a power snacking at Magnolia Bakery, while you imagine Alicia Keys singing Empire State of Mind in the background.

I’ll admit that when I had attended BookExpo America, this visualization was a fleeting thought. For an author, BookExpo America is the equivalent of a child’s first trip to Disney World, seeing the Cinderella castle and cast of characters in real life.

After being published, the concept of having something in common with Nora Roberts, Stephen King and my idol, Harper Lee—in that at one time, like me, they were unpublished—hadn’t really sunk in, until I was invited to sign my novel at the autograph party. I sat at the same table that Carl Reiner had signed his book (yes, it’s a toupee and he’s proud of it), meeting people who had actually heard of me. Okay, so Mary Higgins Clark, Henry Winkler and Gloria Estafan had hundreds lined up for a copy of their best sellers and I had 10 to 20 people at a time, but who’s counting? As an author and avid reader, the experience of signing my book in the diamond capital of the publishing world was like a week’s worth of Christmas mornings, unwrapping Victoria’s Secret goodies.

A Broadway play producer (actually, she’s an off-Broadway producer) met with me to discuss the possibility of turning my first published book—Sabrina’s Destiny—into a play. Okay, so there were more than a few “offs” added to the off-Broadway, I still experienced what some may call an out of body episode. My lips formed the appropriate words, but my mind was in SoHo picking out a pair of strappy black Manolo Blahniks to go with my Vera Wang gown, for my red carpet walk at Radio City Music Hall for next year’s Tony awards. Did I mention fantasies are an author’s right of passage?¾mine can rival the Empire State of Mind, big time.
The highlight of my trip was meeting fellow author, Michelina Pagano, Manhattan native and author of “The Road to Jude.” After a year of communicating via telephone and email, we cemented our bond even tighter during my week’s stay in her city. We ventured to Brooklyn where we taped a radio interview, at the WNYE studios. A station that reaches nine million households in the tri-state area. We shared our musings about friendship, the art of writing and the common mystical themes in our work.

This trip was a new author’s paradise, and the collection of memories may show up in one of my books someday. You can be sure the heroine will be wearing trendy shoes and carrying sinfully expensive bottled water.

The education and friendships formed with authors from all over the world was worth every Atavan I popped for my intense fear of flying. I also learned that New Yorkers don’t really say, fuggetabout it, they’re not rude, and they don’t snicker or roll their eyes when asked for directions to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center in mid-June.

I hope to someday return with my latest release; WHAT A GIRL WANTS.

Selena Robins


Tina Donahue said...

Your signing sounds like it was much more fun than the ones I've held. :) Harper Lee is also one of my fav authors.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Sounds like you had quite a time in New York and much success with your book, too. I sound like a nerd if I say I don't care about shopping in New York. I visited the museums and historical sites. I'm glad to hear you had such a successful and fun book signing, Selena and best wishes for many more in the future.

Aileen said...

I hope someday to get to NY. My mom and I are huge Broadway fans and I'd love to take her there. How exciting to talk to a producer about the potential of your novel becoming a play!

Selena Robins said...

Thank you, Tina, Sarah & Aileen, it was a wonderful experience.
Aileen, hope you and your mom get to Broadway, so much fun and a true New York moment.

Fiona McGier said...

Sarah, you aren't the only nerd. I live close to Chicago, so I've spent a lot of time down there...enough to know that big cities and I don't get along. I don't like the crowds or the prices! Give me a pine forest up north with the sounds of wolves howling in the background, and I'm happy.
To each their own. Since you had always wanted to go there, Selena, I'm glad you got the chance. And feeling like one of the big "names" was probably a real thrill. Hope you can do that again sometime. Good luck!

Redameter said...

Yeah, everyone needs one trip to New York. It has so much to offer. There is something for everyone there. From Broadway to the Empire State building, it is an exciting place to be. I would be gasping if I ever sat beside Carl Reiner. What a thrill it must have been.

I went to New York as a kid, bu my father didn't want to take me to Broadway or RAdio City Music Hall or any place I wanted to go. I did see the Empire State Building, the Statue of LIberty at a distance and China town. I also viewed Jack Dempsey's bar, with my father who loved that place. Although the bar itself was beatuiful, I saw nothing there to interest me.

I made a record on the top of the Empire State building, one of those compose your own. I sang the Wayward Wind.

But New York should be on everyone's bucket list, just once.

Love and blessings

Delaney Diamond said...

I guess I'll get that trip to Disney world feeling this summer when I go to NY for the RWA conference. I'm excited. I'll have to remember to visit Magnolia Bakery.

Selena Robins said...

Fiona, I'm with you on the cement jungle living, but it's a nice place to visit, but I do like country living.

Redameter, I tried very hard not to be star struck with all those fabulous authors, but I think I did let out a few quiet squeals. LOL Very cool on the recording!

Delaney, have fun at the conference! Yes, you must have a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery, and also go down to Little Italy for dinner or lunch, the food is like a party for your taste buds.

Thank you all for visiting my blogging debut here. Will catch you next month. :)