I have always told myself that if I ever had to return to the workforce I would be thrilled to be the person who gets to water the plants at the local nursery. Seriously, that would be really fun! But after visiting some fantastic publishing houses while I was in New York City last week, I think my dreams of watering plants may take a back burner to wanting to work in these beautiful offices. Because who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by books all day?
Having never set foot in a publishing house before, I appreciate and thank Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Lee and Low Books, and Macmillan (which for some reason I have no photos of but they are located in the landmark Flatiron building) for opening their doors so this gal could get an insiders look to the industry.
Each publisher approached us differently, each had varying degrees of questions, some sat us down as a focus group to discuss book blogger and publisher relations, another provided a guest speaker, and for some it was great to just sit back, relax and talk. If there was one thing that I learned, it is this: book bloggers are grass root activists and publishers are taking notice. It’s exciting. While I don’t advocate getting “too comfortable” with publishers, I think in the long run, everybody wins.
Random House lobby:
It would be too tempting to walk down this hallway everyday and not stop to look at books:
The review copies closet:
Random House galleys:
Random House has a wall in their office where visiting illustrators can leave their mark. Recognize any?
And opposite of that, is a wall for visiting children to share their talent as well. Too cute!
Giveaways for Random Buzzers:
A visit to HarperCollins Publishers:
So Harper has their own recording studio. Somehow we got talked into doing this video. Somebody stop me next time!
The entire Harry Potter Collection signed by J.K. Rowling in a pensieve:
Perhaps what is my favorite photo from the entire trip:
Is that not fantastic or what?!!
Rick Riordan just *happened* to be in the back corner of the office signing 39 Clues stock:
Book bloggers listening to author and Scholastic editor Aimee Friedman:
Fantastic book bloggers out on the Scholastic patio in front of a beautiful New York City skyline:
Scholastic has this awesome archive library down in the basement where they catalog at least two copies of every title that they’ve published. Seriously cool!
Lee and Low Books is one of my favorite small presses which publishes multicultural picture books. They’ve just acquired a new imprint, Tu Books, which will publish their first title next year and focuses on multicultural characters in young adult fantasy and science fiction.
Amy, Nicole and I at Lee and Low Books.
So there you have it! And can you imagine that even with these awesome publisher visits, I still got jealous when I heard the other various publishing houses that other bloggers went to. Jeez. Want my cake and eat it too?!