June 3, 2007

BEA Part Uno

HI I MISSED YOU! I have not been able to get a decent internet con here --- could not upload so finally today I am going to write this and then trot over to a Starbucks and glom onto their WiFi. I have kept notes and will tell you about the NYC trip over the next few days as soon as I get home to CABLE, which, after the hotel’s fritzy slow impossible internet con is beginning to look DOWNRIGHT SEXY to me. Yes I DID just say something nice about Comcast. I think that’s one of the nine signs of the apocalypse.

The Grand Central Party was the COMPLETE bomb. I got there early because the place held 300 or so and they had like 550 RSVP yes. The fire marshalls were rumored to be prowling, prepping to shut it down.

When we walked into Grand Central Station, a projector was bouncing the new GCP logo off the gorgeous wall, and then they had put light up names – all the authors who came. Lookit! I wish I had gotten the logo, too, but the WAY BACK picture with all the names and logo turned out was too blurry


Here’s the thing about Grand Central --- I’m not one of their biggest names *cough* to say the LEAST *cough* and BEA is really a FALL list thing and my new book will be on the winter list, and so I was just kinda THERE to be there…but everyone—EVERYONE, including editors who are not my editor and publicists who are not my publicist and all the various other folks who may or may not have anything to do with my particular books, I mean EVERY! ONE! went out of their way to make me feel important and special. YES I SAID THEY MADE ME FEEL SPECIAL. Gah. I just used special and not in an ironic-making-fun-of-sitcoms-where-someone-turns-out-to-be-secretly-illiterate way. Another sign of the planet's impending doom, I believe.

Still, it turns out Special-with-no-irony is a neat feeling. Had I bought any of my own press at this thing I would need an ENORMOUS whole foods grocery bag to carry my swollen ego-head home …

ALSO at this thing I ran into a TON of my favorite sales reps and booksellers. The booksellers were SO out of context that I would have to look at them and blink twice and think, OH OOPS WHAT??? WHO??? AM I IN ALABAMA??? And then they would juxtapose with the background properly and my brain would accept that they and I were both in NYC hoovering up pink drinks at Grand Central Station. Why not.

Also present BRAD MELTZER, which was a big deal to me, and I got to meet him too, but not really to TALK… And Amy Sedaris was there, and Charles Gronin, and quite a few other luminaries, including the hysterical and ‘scrutiating attractive Stephen Colbert.

He was being a lovely human being. Everyone wanted to meet him and take a picture with him and express their big love, and he was charming and gracious and asking them things about THEM, and I really secretly wanted to meet him but was too shy.

The publicist who did such a phenomenal job launching gods was there, and she said OH DO NOT BE DUMB and boldly marched me over, and now he is my BFF! By “BFF” I mean I was introduced to him and he chatted with me for a minute or two in a lovely and gracious way. “Hello,” for example, was one of the things he said. Also, he said “Nice to meet you.” BUT HE MEANT IT.

Superfantastic Bookseller Cody (not his real name---well maybe the CODY part is real) was there with his sister, Holiday – and didn’t SHE win the name lotto? ANYWAY, I gave Holiday my phone and begged her assistance, and she snapped a pic of me with Mr. Colbert.

I ran away cackling to try to mail it to everyone I ever met, including myself, because I can’t SAVE pictures on my phone. I mean, I am sure there is a way to DO it, but it is beyond my ken. SO! In the process of trying to simultaneously cackle and mail it to Karen, I cleverly erased it instead. GAH. Yes You heard me rigjt. ERASED. GAHGAH.

Then I went to the bar and banged my head and screeched like a hoot owl. Then I banged my head more. Yeah.

BUT as he was on the way out, my editor stopped him and said, “See the girl banging her head on the bar? She erased the pic of the two of you. SO he came over and we TRIED AGAIN – LOOK!!!!


His is me with Stephen Colbert. Or perhaps it is a pink dirigible. Or the Eiffel tower. THE PHONE is a bad camera, and I am sure you now see what I mean about the blurry, but *I* know it’s me and Stephen Colbert. So!

Happy now. Bring on the apocalypse!

Posted by joshilyn at June 3, 2007 9:51 AM

I know have another reason not to buy a camera phone, I would be so frustrated and disappointed.

Joss thank you once again for taking us along with you. The ride is worth the price of admission. I ALWAYS have a good time - even if it is days after, because it's in black and yellow I can come back and enjoy it again and again.

Posted by: Cele at June 3, 2007 12:23 PM

Okay, I've been living under a rock or something! I just found that you have a blog and it seems I'm like a year and a half behind!

I just bought the book "gods..." and I'm taking it to the beach with me in two weeks. To be honest, I hadn't heard of this book before, but the cover and the title drew me in and I'm so excited to read it! I've kept it in the bag so it wouldn't entice me before the beach!

So glad to have stumbled on this site and look forward to reading the next book!

Posted by: Tracey/Real Estate Girl at June 3, 2007 3:06 PM

Your camera phone is not bad.

Your blinding baby-butt cheek face from all of thecleansing put the camera on the fritz.

Your radiance could not be captured by mere technology.

And your name in lights to boot.

Posted by: Roxanne at June 3, 2007 3:46 PM

AAAH! your name in lights! I'm squealing vicariously! That is just about the coolest thing EVER. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for sharing how much of a fan YOU are, so that if I ever meet you in person you won't think I'm a weirdo stalker for being all excited.

Posted by: amy at June 3, 2007 4:41 PM

With your next royalty check you must buy a Lumix credit card sized camera to take to these par-tays with you. Regardless, yay you and Stephen Colbert!

Posted by: Edgy Mama at June 3, 2007 5:04 PM

I can SO tell it's him. And your luminarious names are on the same section of the Station! How cool! Glad you're having a great time :)

Posted by: Pattie at June 3, 2007 6:01 PM

See, for reasons I do not know I did not connect that you and Brad Meltzer had the same publishing company and I MONKEY FLIPPED when I read on HIS blog that he was going to be there. Do you know why? Because I thought this precise thing:

"OHMIGOD! I wonder if he's going to get to meet JOSHILYN JACKSON?!?!"

And, because you are the sharing-the-love-est, I felt "in".

Posted by: Casey at June 3, 2007 6:28 PM

And now we bring you "Why that is the very best possible picture with Colbert," the answer being that it could not possibly have been photoshopped. We've just had a week of the glories of photoshopping, and while a bright and shiny Colbert would have been suspicious (remember Johnny Depp,) this picture would only be posted by someone very sincere.

Or vewwy, vewwy sneaky. Seen the Shroud of Turin lately?

Posted by: rams at June 3, 2007 8:11 PM

I dunno....

I'm looking at the picture, and the more I look at it, the more I think she made up the whole Steven Colbert thing to cover up the incriminating picture of herself macking on Bruce Campbell.

Posted by: Mr. Husband at June 3, 2007 9:06 PM


*dies of envy*

*realizes that I had lunch with and hugged woman who hugged Stephen*

*comes back to life*


Posted by: Autumn at June 3, 2007 11:26 PM

Coming back later to read the whole story. Late. Tired.
But I have to just say: WOW! STEPHEN COLBERT! You are at the very top of all cool people in my book now. Officially.

Posted by: Stephanie at June 3, 2007 11:40 PM

Gotta agree with Edgy Mama on this one. You need a nice tuck in the spanx sized camera. I was even able to sneak one into Elaine's last fall.
So, more than the writers you met--I'm dying to know- how did the shoes hold up?

Posted by: linda at June 4, 2007 6:30 AM

I'd recognize Stephen Colbert anywhere, even when he's disguised as the Eiffel tower. I now feel all starstruck by association!! :-)

Also - what Edgy Mama said!! A genuine non-phone tiny camera needs to go on Joshilyn's Official List of Necessary Stuff to Take to Parties Where She Might Get Hugged by Hot Celebrities. Just sayin'...

Posted by: DebR at June 4, 2007 8:48 AM

Colbert! I'm sure you cracked him up. I don't think I could have held back from licking him. YUM!

Posted by: Cheryl at June 4, 2007 10:29 AM

You are the coolest. That is all.

Posted by: Aimee at June 4, 2007 10:33 AM

I could totally tell it was the divine Stephen Colbert, because of the arched eyebrow. Lee Child and Stephen Colbert. Next your going to tell me you and Jon Stewart have collaborated and you are going to write for the Daily Show and then I will just have to hate you.

Posted by: jennielynn at June 4, 2007 10:54 AM

oh so cool. I'd know that eyebrow anywhere, even with a camera phone.

And, not to be repetitious, but ... go get yourself a REAL camera!

Posted by: Patti at June 4, 2007 4:07 PM

Your name in lights AND a totally unexpected (by me at least) promo for Between lurking between the pages of my People magazine this week! Tolja you were gonna get all famous and whatnot! ;)

Posted by: Amy-Go at June 4, 2007 4:37 PM

I haven't screamed this hard over a photo since a good buddy sent me a pic of her and Spike (as in Buffy's Spike) standing arm in arm.

I heart Stephen Colbert. So two of my favorite celebrities in one pic!

And Amy Sedaris - more cool! Did you get to meet her? You are both in my Top Ten funny girls list!

I know that feeling, of being treated like someone special. I've been on the receiving end of it a time or two and I always want to look around me and see who they're REALLY talking to before I embarrass myself by assuming it's me.

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