the delightful chaos of writing two books at…

Last week, I flew to NYC to visit the archives containing Maurice Sendak materials at the New York City Public Library and meet with my book editor at Astra House. In the past year, I sold two very different books to publishing houses in NYC. One is a hybrid biography of illustrator Maurice Sendak based on letters he wrote to my mom, and the other is a non-fiction book investigating labor conditions at America’s largest meatpacking company. I’ve spent the past decade working to demonstrate that I can manage long-term, complicated reporting projects. I wasn’t sure how to get a book agent or a film agent, but I made the bet that they would eventually find me via my writing. And so I didn’t go looking for them. For the first time in my life, I’m supporting myself 100% by writing books. This means I have the power to say “no” to any and every person who wants to work with me - unless there is a compelling reason to collaborate.

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