OK, I’m back. Awake, aware, capable of independent movement and thought. The thoughts are whirling a bit right now (happy at being out of their cage, I expect.) Now…where were we? Oh, yes. Post trip report on book, etc.
Book V may have a title, but I’m not ready to tell you what it might be yet. Editor liked my suggestions–very similar but for one word. Nonetheless it has to pass through the filters of the other relevant departments to become the actual title.
I had a delightful time with Editor and others in the publishing house offices. I’m listening to one of the operas I went to (Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore) and the opening scene of conviviality was much like my visits with the Del Rey people. I even, on the last day, was persuaded to try grilled octopus…and liked it. Also had some substantive talks with my agent, and useful visits with other writers and editors at various meals. I very much enjoyed seeing Former Editors I and IV (of six and I hope I’m counting right) again and having supper with them and with Former Publicist. Former Editor I is the one who had both the original Paks books (but not the prequels) and the new Paks up as far as you’ve read. Former Editor IV was my editor for The Speed of Dark and the first several (two or three; can’t quite remember) Vatta’s War books. I think I’ve mentioned being blessed with a number of really good editors.
Agent has moved into new office space since I was there last; I had met two of the assistant agents before but only briefly, and had not met the third. I was late getting there due to (I claim) bad signage in the Times Square subway station that meant I sat waiting on the platform for a train that never came until I caught on. When I finally found the platform for the 7 train (after asking directions) it was still a long ride and a confusing climb down from the elevated platform. Nice office, though. We all went out to lunch.
So the New York trip was productive, but exhausting…there just wasn’t much down time in it. Wouldn’t have missed any of it, though, except the bug that laid me low on return.