Ok, so just how cool is it to attend the Edgar Award banquet and see client's names and faces in the program?? WAY cool!
I'd known two of my marvelous authors were writing stuff for the Edgars this year and serving on judging committees, but since it didn't involve me yammering on the phone or setting fire to a contract, I hadn't paid close attention.
And then, there they are. I restrained myself from thrusting the program in everyone's face and saying "see her, that's MY fabulous writer" and "see him, that's MY fabulous writer" but only cause I was too busy drinking vino and playing with my slithery competitor Donna Bagdasarian's wonderful Ferragamo shawl. I tried to steal it but she knew my evil ways and duct taped it to her shoulder blades.
Very very cool to get a chance to say hello to my idol Philip Spitzer. I was also fortunate to sit next to one of his clients Alafair Burke so we spent quite a few minutes extolling his many virtues.
I found myself surrounded by all the partners of Partners & Crime at one point. I think my IQ went up six points just by virtue of their company. Laurie King rounded out our quintet and really I could have died then and there with happiness. They could have booted me out then and there and I would have gone home happy from just getting to hang out with those four for a while.
Alison Janssen, editor to the stars at Bleak House Books wore a dress that required armed security guards accompany her. Several gentleman attending the banquet offered to take over guard duty should she need it.
The highlight of Alison's dress however was when we were in the lobby afterward and she elevated the skirt about 32 inches about the floor to show me her Roller Derby bruises (she's got abstract expressionist art on her thigh!). I heard crashing behind me and realized three guys ran into the wall cause they were looking at her, not where they were going.
Larry Block quit shaving his head. Harlan Coben gets taller everytime I see him, and Jason Starr is a hottie.
In a stunning surprise Down River by John Hart won best novel. His editor is Pete Wolverton, a guy I think knows GREAT books when he sees them.
It's been a helluva week. Amazing, fun, and thank god it's only once a year!