Until recently, I had never met my publisher. You see, Inknbeans is located in California and it is not like I have a private jet at my disposal to jet around meeting people. I mean if anyone wants to loan me their private jet, I would be glad to take advantage of it. Think of all the cool places I could go. Oh who am I kidding? You know I would just use it to fly to DL. Speaking of…at my birthday trip to the House of Mouse, I was fortunate enough to finally meet the head of Inknbeans, who we all lovingly call Boss Bean. I was super excited when she suggested we meet up and that she would meet us for lunch. Plans were made and we even discussed what we were wearing…I felt like I was a spy meeting with my contact in a busy restaurant for my next assignment. Although, I must admit, I loved that Boss Bean said she was going to be wearing a Mickey Mouse top hat with a sprig of holly….jolly good sport that Boss Bean.
Now don’t get me wrong, I had skyped with Boss Bean, but her image was never on the Skype calls and no live video feed, so really I had no idea what she looked like. It really was like a secret agent meeting in a restaurant. BFF and I decided that since I had never met her, that maybe she was really like Charlie on Charlie’s Angels. We wondered if a speaker box would greet us at Tortilla Joe’s and Boss Bean’s voice would materialize saying “Good Afternoon Angels” and we would be given our secret mission to be completed in DL…a mission sure to include a Dole Whip or two. I mean, really…what secret mission wouldn’t include Dole Whip? We also wondered…would the speaker box have the Mickey Top Hat on it all jaunty like? What would her secret mission be? Run through DL throwing pie at people and shouting Viva #FatGirlRevolution? Hold up copies of my book on the rides that take photos so everyone can see it? Needless to say, we eagerly waited in anticipation of our meeting.
The day of our meeting with Boss Bean, we walked into Tortilla Joes and I have to admit…I was slightly nervous. I was not sure what to expect out of the meeting. Would she tell me she was disappointed in me? Would they let me go? Would I get a slap on the wrist for my lack of commas? BFF was afraid she would make a fool out of us and I would have to banish her to the bathroom to eat guacamole in a stall. Gross. We were unsure as to who to look for besides the speaker because honestly, I didn’t think she would really wear the Mickey top hat. When we didn’t see anyone in the lobby of the restaurant, we sat down to wait to see who else might be looking for someone. Luckily, the hostess came back and said she thought our Boss Bean was already in there and led us to a table. There sat, not a speaker box, but a wonderful woman who indeed had a Mickey top hat complete with a sprig of holly on it!! We half expected her to still say “Hello Angels” but were so excited at the prospect of meeting her that we might have talked at lightening speed for the two hours we sat there eating. Good thing Boss Bean can keep up with us and laugh with us (or at us sometimes). BFF jokingly told her about how we thought she was like the elusive Charlie and she giggled, telling us the reason there were no pictures of her on the website or on Skype because she is NOT the face of Inknbeans…the authors are the face of Inknbeans. Yup…pretty sure I made the right decision on publishing houses. I cannot say enough how wonderful Boss Bean is and how much she means to me. She took a chance on a Fat Girl and shined me up like a new penny I tell ya. And she has a great sense of humor. It is not everyone that can keep up with BFF and I word for word, but she can.
Lots of guacamole and food later, none of which BFF had to eat in the bathroom stall since she behaved herself, we reluctantly said good-bye to the Boss Bean. We would have loved to have taken her into DL and played, but she had to do things like work and promote books and such things of that nature. Much to my relief, she did not tell me I sucked or that they did not want to publish me anymore. BFF and her already named book 3 so I guess I had better get blogging more!! I told you I had a lot to catch you up on…We all parted ways, with Boss Bean walking away in the sunshine, jaunty Mickey top hat on her head, just like Charlie was always portrayed walking down the beach. Except we weren’t on a beach and she isn’t Charlie but you get the point. It was a great meeting…one I cannot wait to repeat because she is not only my publisher, but also a friend. Love Boss Bean!!
And she might have given me a special mission….one I cannot tell you or I would have to kill you but one I am working on now. It might have involved throwing pie at random people in DL but we won’t discuss that either. You shall just have to stay tuned to see what comes of this special mission she handed to me…one of her Angels.
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did, however, meet up with my publisher in person and have a wonderful meeting complete with guacamole, laughter and a jaunty Mickey top hat complete with a sprig of holly. I am Fat Girl who is also a Boss Bean Angel with a a secret mission Running. The experiment continues…