Travels with Close To Me - New York

Last month, I was in New York with my son and husband for a week-long holiday, as well as a bit of work...if you can call swanning into Manhattan skyscrapers work?!

What can I say about NYC that you don't already know? The skyline, the people, the food, the yellow cabs...everything about it is iconic and I love it. It was warm whilst we were there, 27 degrees most days, and we had a fantastic time.

A glimpse of the Empire State building on a sunny day in New York.

A glimpse of the Empire State building on a sunny day in New York.

Five years ago, on my first ever visit to the Big Apple, I stared up at the impossibly tall office buildings wondering who might be inside, reading manuscripts, but I never imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that the next time I returned to the city I would be meeting not one, but two publishing houses to discuss the forthcoming release of my book in the US. 

First, I met with the team at Quercus US who are publishing CLOSE TO ME on December the 5th in hardcover. I was taken for a fantastic New York lunch with a deep fried Oreo for dessert, which Nathaniel, publisher, assured me were delicious, and he was right! It was a good chance to also meet with my US editor, Amelia, the Marketer, Elyse, and Publicist, Amanda. We've been introduced via email, and worked together a lot on the book, but only remotely, so it was great to meet them all face-to-face. 

Next I was off to Penguin Random House Audio, for a meeting with the team there. I learned lots about the massive expansion in the audio market and I was invited to write a blog piece for the PRH website. I'm really excited about the audio release on December 5th. It was surreal going into marble foyers filled with books and lifts and people, but I was made so welcome and immediately put at my ease.

Once my meetings were over, we stuffed our days with more fun, as well as bookish pursuits for me, with more than one visit to Barnes & Noble in Union Square, as well as a pilgrimage to the New York public library to wander through the hushed reading room and wish I had time to stay and write.  Hopefully, we will be back soon.

Outside the New York Public Library - where I would write my next book if I lived in NYC.

Outside the New York Public Library - where I would write my next book if I lived in NYC.