Momma Goes to the Big City with Tim Gunn and Bernadette Peters

By the time Tim Gunn looked me over, I realized that it was not the typical day. While I usually work in my home office while the occasional rogue poodle chases a deer through my yard, yesterday was not that kind of day. Yesterday was a once-a-year kind of magical day for an author like me.

When I arrived at Book Expo America at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City yesterday morning, I’d already asked my mother-in-law to stay with my sick kid (thanks Omi), promised to pick up the soccer balls for last night’s practice (rained-out anyhow) and started working on four good-sized blisters, courtesy of two very feet-unfriendly shoes.

I checked in, threw on some lip gloss in the bathroom and headed over to the HCI booth, where I would be signing copies of my Stop Second-Guessing Yourself books. When I arrived at the booth 15 minutes before the signing, people were already lined up, so I started signing and didn’t stop until an hour and 15 minutes later. I felt like a bit of a rock star.

By noon, all these books were gone.

By noon, all these books were gone.

My publisher put my books up in lights. I'd like these for my office.

My publisher put my books up in lights. I'd like these for my office.

And it was all very exciting, but let’s remember where I am on the food chain of writers:

Only John Grisham got the giant sign attached to the outside of the Javitz Center.

Only John Grisham got the giant sign attached to the outside of the Javitz Center.

Still, there were a lot of people there, and I got to be one of the featured authors.

Still, there were a lot of people there, and I got to be one of the featured authors.

And so was Bernadette Peters.

And so was Bernadette Peters.

Plus, I got to meet great people, including the folks who asked for my book, many of whom were expecting or knew people who were expected babies in August. It makes me wonder if last November was especially cold or something. Just sayin’.
I got to meet Bruce Feiler, who wrote this fantastic book about parenting with cancer.
The Council of Dads is a must-read for parents with cancer or any parent, really.

The Council of Dads is a must-read for parents with cancer or any parent, really.

I didn’t get a photo of Bruce because we were too busy comparing notes on parenting with cancer.  He’s a great guy and a wonderful writer.
And I got to meet Kris Carr of Crazy, Sexy Cancer fame. I told her that her documentary aired the day after my fifth chemo, and helped me through it all. She hugged me and let me get a photo with her. She is both beautiful and kind: 

Two survivors/authors just happy to be here. Literally.

Two survivors/authors just happy to be here. Literally.

Plus, I saw Tim Gunn, and he saw me, in the Author’s Green Room. He looked me over, and suddenly, I wasn’t so sure about my outfit selection anymore. I don’t want to know what he thought. Then I sat next to one of Bob Marley’s sons and signed more books.

It was all sort of surreal, like a dream you have after a long night at a TexMex restaurant. It was also a lot of fun. I’d better write another book, so I can go back next year. That will be easier than picking out an out fit that Tim Gunn would approve.

No responses to “Momma Goes to the Big City with Tim Gunn and Bernadette Peters”

  1. Jenna

    Congratulations! I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you there.

  2. Elizabeth

    So, Tim just sort of looked you up and down? Hmm. I would have marched right up to him and said “HI TIM!” in way too loud of a voice :)

    Congrats on the awesome book signing!

  3. Jen Singer

    Good to meet you, too Christie.

    Everyone else: check out Christie’s great web site: http://www.paranoidparentsguide.com/

    Her book comes out in September, and we’ll be giving one away here this fall.

  4. Christie Barnes

    Next time Jen goes to sign books–go! She is totally awesome! And funny! The publishers and her great husband kept handing her stacks of books for her fans. She took time to talk to everyone there. (Some authors just pre-sign and grudgingly add your name and move you on). That personal care is in her work.

    Thank you, Jen! I am a newbie HCI parenting book author (Jen said she would tell you about my book when it is coming out and maybe even give out some copies–this is a thank you to her not a book plug for me) and she took me under her wing with advice. She even ushered some of her following over to me–I was signing next to her.

    Her parenting advice is amazing and I sincerely thank her for making me feel welcome!
    Christie Barnes

  5. Melanie Davis

    I enjoyed Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Cancer documentary. Glad she’s as nice in person as she seemed on film.

  6. MainlineMom

    Wow, how exciting! I saw the author of Council of Dads on TV and that book looks fabulous. Go you for selling all those books and being a featured author! If Tim Gunn had looked over my outfit I think I would feel so insecure.

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