April 14, 2005

In Which My Editor Makes Me Weepy

TONIGHT is the launch party, so last night, on the actual day, I went out to dinner with my folks and my husband and my agent and his wife (Jacques flew down for the launch party---how is THAT for a cool agent?) When we asked for dessert menus, the folks at the restauraunt brought out this...

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My editor and various of cronies at Warner (such as her assistant and my publicist) were hip-deep in a plot to make me do this...

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AH Weeping like a goon in public! MY FAVORITE! I was SO charmed by this cake I wouldn't let anyone CUT it, much less eat it. We ordered tarts and profiteroles and etc, sparing the cake. I toted the WHOLE THING HOME. Less emotional today, I realized WHAT THE HECK am I going to do with a huge BOOK SHAPED cake...Look at it til the giant bugs organize themselves into an army and come take it by force? We are taking it to the launch party tonight to be the centerpiece on their food table. SO. IT WILL BE SLICED---but more people will get to LOOK at it first and it is SO worth looking at. Little bakery in BIRMINGHAM called ANGELS....amazing huh?

Posted by joshilyn at April 14, 2005 5:00 PM
Comments

Your book and cake...two of my favorite things...

Posted by: Amy at April 14, 2005 7:11 PM

I'm with Amy. My two favorites as well.

And I meant to say yesterday not to worry about people thinking YOU are Arlene. After the first page or two, you completely disappeared and it was ALL her. I was so engrossed by HER story, I forgot you even existed and that's the mark of great fiction!

Posted by: Amanda at April 14, 2005 7:44 PM

Ah! That cake is wonderful!

Amanda's right, BTW. Arlene was clearly a different gal altogether--very interesting but not, frankly, as nice as Joshilyn.

Posted by: Katrina at April 14, 2005 8:46 PM

Congratulations!! What an awsome cake, I would have cried too!
I feel so lucky to have found your blog months ago, it has been interesting and exciting reading about your book and your feelings along the way and now it's published!

Posted by: carolyn at April 14, 2005 8:54 PM

That's it. I want to be Joss when I grow up. That is SO kewl!

Posted by: Shelley at April 14, 2005 9:11 PM

HOW.COOL. And SWEET.
So, weepy lady, not dead inside after all, are you? Congratulations, dear Joshilyn. I couldn't be happier for you. (I just lurked yesterday, but I was celebrating with you in spirit.) Enjoy, thou newborn NOVELIST!

Posted by: David at April 14, 2005 11:05 PM

What a CAKE! I would have been bawling like a fool while concurrently swinging the knife at anyone who dared get near it.

Congratulations!!

Posted by: katie at April 15, 2005 1:36 AM

Oh, and my knife swinging would have been aimed in the general direction of the person MEAN enough to take a picture of me bawling.

Posted by: katie at April 15, 2005 1:38 AM

Wow...that is so cool! Yay for you! I can't wait for your book to get here. I also offered two drawings in my zine, so two lucky folks will be treated as well! Go YOU!!!

Posted by: AGK at April 15, 2005 6:29 AM

You look so happy in that picture! You may think you look like a goon, but I would worry if you hadn't cried at that cake. I'm tearing up over here!

Isn't this whole thing just amazing? You're an AUTHOR now, not just a WRITER. Amazing. And what a great group of folks you've gathered around you -- agent, editor and all. Enjoy the ride!

Posted by: Beth at April 15, 2005 10:09 AM

That may be the absolute best cake ever. I would have cried, too. Although you look much more elegant than I would have...I would have been blubbering until I was all splotchy with swollen eyes. :) I just realized my 'in-laws' are heading to Birmingham next week...maybe I'll tell them about Angels.

Posted by: Marilyn at April 15, 2005 10:27 AM

How cool is that?!!! I would have taken it home, too!

Posted by: Busy Mom at April 15, 2005 12:02 PM

I got teary just reading about it! That is awesomely fantastic! Congratulations!

Posted by: carrster at April 15, 2005 12:12 PM

The real question is -- was it a *chocolate* cake? The launch will tell...that's how I would decide...Enjoy it, every bite -- the cake, the novel, the tour, the experience -- savor every morsel.

love to ya, babe!

Posted by: Julia at April 15, 2005 12:24 PM

Joss, now THAT is a good reason to cry in public. Congrats to you, you deserve it all!

Posted by: JulieZS at April 15, 2005 2:53 PM

That could not have been more perfect. I, too, would not have allowed it to be cut but rather be preserved in polyurethane. Your decison was much more sensible and enjoyable to boot, I daresay!

Posted by: Dara at April 15, 2005 4:33 PM

what a beautiful cake...perhaps you can freeze it, and every year at this time, take it out of the freezer to look at it. And, then, as you publish each book, you get a new cake to freeze, until eventually, your husband will have to buy one of those walk-in freezers, in order to keep all the book-shaped cakes in the freezer!

What a great editor! And no, you don't look like a goon, you look just like a best-selling author to me!

Enjoy!
dee

Posted by: dee at April 15, 2005 6:03 PM

Very cool, J! And yes, you look ADORABLE, not like a goon whatsoever. xxoo

Posted by: Martha O'Connor at April 15, 2005 8:15 PM

I am going to Birmingham tomorrow. :) What is the name of that bookstore there that your ave about? I want to pass it onto my book-loving friend, Stephanie, who I will be visiting. She mentioned having already noticed your book. :)

Posted by: Heather at April 15, 2005 8:56 PM

PS I had to show this cake to my husband. I don't think I could have sliced it either.

Posted by: Heather at April 15, 2005 8:56 PM