Monday, November 15, 2010

My Town Monday: Ruby Foos, New York City

I have wanted to eat at Ruby Foos since the spring of 2007.

Oh, you say, why in the world would a woman living in San Diego have Ruby Foos on her mind for three-ish years?

The story goes like this:

On Wednesday, March 28, 2007, a literary agent by the name of Kristin Nelson was visiting New York City and had lunch with a Delacorte Press/Random House editor named Wendy Loggia. About 2,800 miles away, an aspiring San Diego author snacked on too much licorice.

That night, in her hotel room, Kristin Nelson kicked off her high heels, donned her comfy sweats, and fired up her laptop (I don't know that it happened EXACTLY like this, but it might have! ). She blogged:

It’s late so I only have time for a quick blog entry. Today I had lunch with Wendy Loggia from Delacorte (a children’s imprint at Random House).

We ate at the yummy Ruby Foo’s on Broadway (which is an editor hang out by the way). You can always spot publishing folks here around lunchtime because of the close proximity to the Random House Building.

Wendy mentioned that she would love to see a MG or YA mystery (think a modern Joan Lowery Nixon-type author who can reinvent something fresh).

Even later that night, the San Diego woman woke up with insomnia and a stomachache. She decided to forget about sleep for a while and padded down the hall to her teeny tiny office to surf the net. Lo and behold, she stumbled upon Kristin's blog. "Oh, oh oh," the aspiring San Diego author squealed to no one in particular as everyone in her house was fast asleep. "That could be my little Sherry!" She immediately cut and pasted the blog post into an email and shot it off to her agent, Rachel Vater, back in New York City.

Rachel added Editor Wendy's name to the submission list. And by May 17, we had a two-book deal for I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES and I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY. (Naturally, it wasn't quite this cut and dried. Agent Rachel worked her special brand of magic. She got other editors interested. She negotiated a two-book contract. But, by the end of an exciting day in May, we did sign with Editor Wendy. Yay!)

So, on October 27, 2010, Child #4 and I walked to Ruby Foos for our pre-theatre dinner (la di da!) before seeing Wicked (beyond amazing!) at the Gershwin Theatre.

At Ruby Foos, I ordered the house salad (which came in a bowl made of cucumber slices!) and sushi. Child #4 had dumplings and white rice (She's a bit of a carb fanatic.). And while I was waiting for my food, I gazed around the restaurant and wondered where Kristin Nelson and Wendy Loggia had sat and what they had eaten on that fateful day in Ruby Foos back in 2007.

This week, I'm the hostess with the mostest for My Town Monday. So, if you've put up a MTM post, let me know in the comments section here or on the official My Town Monday blog. And I'll link to you on both blogs. Happy Monday!

Oh, and here's a link to Kristen Nelson's momentous blog post.


Sarah Laurence said...

What a great story of good luck and timing!

Charles Gramlich said...

Now I want to eat there.

Barrie said...

Sarah: Thank you. I must admit my heart went pitter-patter when I first spotted the Ruby Foos' sign. ;)

Charles: And so you should! I think you and Lana would both get a kick out of the place.

Teresa said...

Very, very cool, Barrie. It sounds like you and Child #4 had a fantastic trip.

Barrie said...

Teresa: We did have a great trip. It already feels as though it was quite a while ago. Funny how that happens.

lotusgirl said...

What a great story. It just goes to show that it's a good thing to read blogs.

Susan R. Mills said...

Great story! I hope to tell a similar one some day! :)

Barrie said...

Lotus Girl: I think that must be the moral of the story: Read your blogs! ;)

Susan: I hope the same for you.

Mac and Cheese said...

Good story! You know how to work the universe!

Barrie said...

Mac and Cheese: Ha! If only this were true! ;)

Gabriele Goldstone said...

Great story - and because it's true and it happened to you - even better. You make me keep believing!

Frank Baron said...

I love these serendipitous, feel-good stories. Especialy when they're so well told. And I betcha anything you're all going to live happily ever after!

Barrie said...

Gabe: I think we may as well always believe. :)

Frank: Thank you. And I hope you're right about the living happily ever after part. Also, I love the word "serendipitous"!!

Cloudia said...


Blogging can take us amazing places

Aloha from Waikiki :)

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Redford said...

Ruby Foos is very high on my to do list but I'm going to have to wait until TSA abolish their crazy body search methods until I head over to the states to tick that one off. In the meantime I'll just have to make do with these pre-theatre dinner offers and pretend I'm at Ruby Foos.