I've met ALL KINDS of people! Ebear introduced me as "the fastest writer in Ireland", and followed it up by discussing what kind of unholy love child book writer jaylake and I would have (he writes as fast as I do, except when he has binges he does 20K in a day instead of 10, so even I fear him), and the Luna writers had dinner with our editor last night, which was a lot of fun (very good mexican place). Tammy (Tamara Siler Jones) has been saying, "Catie knows everybody," and sort of every time I protest that isn't true, someone else flings himself through the hotel bushes to greet me (that actually happened yesterday), and was sort of compounded by the first time she said it, r_ness catching sight of me and bellowing my name, so... *laugh*
I met Donald Maass last night. He's very nice and seemed very pleased to meet me, and congratulated me on all my successes. *laugh* It's kind of strange hearing an agent say that--I still feel like I'm so new that successes must be coming later. But it's nice! :)
Lots of extremely delightful people. I've met a woman who works for Ingrams ("Oh!" I said, "can I buy you a drink? Can I buy you several?" *laugh*, and the fellow who flung himself through the bushes is the editor for Orson Scott Card's quarterly online sf magazine. Tammy introduced me to the Hadlemans (*falls over more*). I went to look up one of the Del Rey editors, whom I was supposed to allow to buy me a drink or three, but apparently the poor man has the Martian death flu. So...yeah! Lots of fun! I'm TIRED. Although people keep accusing me of being very dour and gloomy and stuff, because, er, I'm not. :) The vicious truth is I'm perky, aren't I? I suppose there are worse fates. I could be actually dour and gloomy, for example. :)
Oh, Thursday morning was fun: I stopped by a Borders outlet store and went and found a couple copies of THUNDERBIRD (which was face out, yay!) and took them up to the lady working there and said, "Do you have any more books by this author?" and she said, "Nope, they'd all be there on the shelf," and I said, "Okay! Would you like this author to sign the books for you?" *laughs* So I did, and she said they were selling really well and that those two they had were just new-in, because they'd run out last week, so *beam* I'm going to hook up with some of the other Luna writers this afternoon, I hope, and go hit the nearby Borders and B&N and sign any stock they've got in. This is /fun/. :)
Luna is planning on putting the Old Races trilogy out in trade paperback. o.O I'm actually really pushing for mass market, but Matrice says that the booksellers are telling HQN that they're seeing great sales in trade and fewer in mass market. I still think mass market would be better, because otherwise it's going to be 3 trade paperback series, and that seems like an awful damned lot to ask of the readers. If I were Mercedes Lackey, sure, but I'm not. (Yet.)
Speaking of Misty, I was talking to my editor about how incredibly happy I was with the launch Luna had given me, and how that anthology still blew me away. She said, "Well, I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to develop you." *falls over* :)
The plan for releasing the Old Races is currently November 2007, March 2008 and September 2008. The September is probably going to get pushed around (maybe moved up to August) because I'm likely to have THE PRETENDER'S CROWN out in September-Octoberish of 2008. I'm going to make one last push at lunchtime for mass market and faster releases and cite Naomi Novik, who is a new author who's smashed through the charts with a mass market every-other-month release of her first 3 books, but I seriously doubt I'm going to get it. Jenn said I had to stop selling so many books so we wouldn't have this pile-up problem. *laugh* I told her I wouldn't do this again for a while. :) We thought two books a year would be nice. :) God, I've got a good agent!
They're not putting URBAN SHAMAN out in mass market this spring. COYOTE will be out in May.
They almost sold the Walker Papers to Orbit, which is a UK publisher, but Orbit ceased being interested when they heard they books had already been released in Australia. *sigh*
I'm sure there are other things, but I'm too tired to remember them right now.