I went to a lunch yesterday to meet three of the authors of the 39 Clues series, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson (who is really a lady named Judy and who sort of looks like the grandmother on Parenthood, super hip and beautiful and free). I also sat next to the Assistant Editor who worked pretty exclusively on the entire series, from fact checking to making sure the authors didn’t divulge too much about the series during chats or interviews.
Meeting the authors and getting them to sign my books was super, super cool. Each of them shared stories about their experiences as writers. Peter Lerangis began his career as a ghost writer for Sweet Valley High and Baby Sitters Club. We even discussed all of the really great blogs out there that snark BSC. It was great.
However, I honestly think that my favorite part of the afternoon was listening to the AE talk about all of the behind the scenes. There is so much work that goes into making a book, especially a book as complex as 39 Clues which is both book and web based, and whose fans tend to be a little bit crazed – doing research and interacting with the books far beyond what anyone might have ever intended. I haven’t read them. Yet. I seriously plan on it. It just sounds so cool.
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