That right there is my book in the windows of the Barnes and Noble on some street or another in New York City (author's note: geography isn't really my strong suit). 

This is especially cool for a couple of reasons: 

1.  That ghostly image in the window is none other than my editor, Jen Besser (author's note:  Jen is awesome.  I'll explore this a bit more fully in another blog post.  Or maybe we could do an interview or something.  Or a podcast.  I'm absolutely giddy about this). 

2.  It's always been my dream to get in a window display. 

No joke.  Like, when I was a kid, me and my buddy used to hang out in front of the display window in front of his mom's store and pretend we were mannequins. 

Of course, having a chubby kid with a mullet posing in the storefront doesn't really help drum up much business.  And yes, in case you were wondering, I was the chubby kid with the mullet. 

The early nineties were a confusing time. 

Moving on. 

And that right there is the fabulous Kelly Polark of The Kelly Polark Blog (author's note:  I think she still might be tinkering with the title) posing with her copy of Sophomore Undercover. 

Now, I don't want to put any pressure on you guys, but should any of you feel like sending in a picture of yourselves with the book...well, that would just do wonders for my self esteem. 

Plus, you'd get your picture posted right here on benjaminesch.com

So, I think that works out pretty well for just about everyone. 

I mean, Frank Portman's readers are doing it.  Just throwing that out there. 


3/7/2009 01:44:53 am

You'll know you've hit it big when Rhea Perlman drops a picture of her reading your book on this site.

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3/7/2009 11:50:00 am

It looks to me like it's around Times Sq?

I <i>guarantee you</i> that my sense of geography is worse than your own, but as a former New Yorker, I feel an odd sense of determination when it comes to identifying this. You have challenged my sense of self.

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3/8/2009 08:57:57 am

Congrats on the window display!! That's awesome!
Who is that cool chick with your book!? I have to check out her blog! (even if it does have an unoriginal name!) :) Loved the book, Ben!

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3/9/2009 02:20:44 pm

wicked picture.... Just reading SU now... had to finish The Graveyard Book first.... review to come on CROSSING CHALK

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3/11/2009 10:40:32 am

That's the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble - I can tell from the reflection. Which is the biggest one in the city, and has a huge kids section, so go ahead and feel even extra cool.

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3/11/2009 11:59:43 am

Confidential to Emily: Why you always gotta try and steal my thunder?

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3/11/2009 11:45:06 pm

Paul: I know! I actually met Rhea at a party last year. She was really nice, but the whole time I was staring down at her and thinking "holy crap, this is Carla."

She's actually a MG author with the Otto Undercover series. I haven't had a chance to read any yet, but I've heard some good things.

Emily and Elizabeth: Thanks for the work on the geography on this one. If I ever get to New York, I will try to find this Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble. Of course, I'll probably end up somewhere in New Jersey, but I know with enough determination I'll end up there eventually.

Kelly: No, thank you for the "joyously holding Sophomore Undercover" picture! Now, nobody has really followed suit yet, and I think that might be because you threw down the gauntlet so hard with your photo.

I'm not trying to blame you. These are just the facts as I see them.

Tracy: I'm very excited to get on Crossing Chalk. Also, I gotta email you about a release party thing I got going in LA in a couple of weeks.

Are there any other LA people who read this?

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