Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turkey, Trains, and Troubles

I had so much fun at Thanksgiving!!!  It was great to see my family - my cousin, Scott, and his wife just had twins and they are the cutest things ever!  John loves children (He will literally just start making silly faces and playing games with kids he sees on the street. I think he freaks out parents who don't know him.) and had Eleanor's tiny hand curled around his index finger.

I was working at the restaurant last year and was in the city for Thanksgiving all by myself, so it was kind of a downer then.  But this year, I got to be with everyone!  I didn't want to leave.

John also had a holiday work party on Saturday so I left Connecticut after Thanksgiving, went back to New York for a day to work at the restaurant, and then took a train right back to Connecticut.  I was in transportation hell and if I didn't love him so much, I would have just used my day off to do some Christmas shopping - my friend Dasha went to Saks for Black Friday and got a black rabbit fur vest!!!  I was in shock...growing up in central Connecticut, Black Friday was usually not that classy.

...instead of to Walmart like everyone else.

As for agenting stuff, part of me is feeling pretty psyched that I've been able to sell some great books this year and have some more in the wings that I hope are going to find good homes fairly soon (fingers crossed!).  I also just did a video interview for DIY MFA, which was awesome - although I was freaking out about being interviewed via Skype and my hair kept getting in my face.  

The other part of me is feeling a teeny bit disillusioned.  I came into agenting with the idea that I would never drop a client, because I can imagine how crummy that feels and would hate to do that to someone.  Well, if you read my blog, you know that I've already done that.  And this week, I had to do it again.  It doesn't get any less shitty, no matter how cordial the parting of ways.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Excited :D

Thanksgiving is coming!  Thanksgiving is coming!  I'm going to eat turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes and green beans and corn and pumpkin pie and pecan pie (which I pronounce pe-cahn and that apparently makes me a nut elitist) and some ice cream for good measure and some of that yummy clam dip that my mom makes with melted cheese.  Oh, and the homemade pickles that we made a month ago.  Going to be goooooood.  John is going to come with me to my parents' house - our first Thanksgiving together!

In other equally exciting news, Georgia sent me the cover for Jessica's book last week!  It is always so exciting to see what the cover looks like, because that's when you start to get the yay-this-is-going-to-be-an-actual book feeling.

So awesome!

And some more exciting news: I got an offer for Dan's book last week too!  Huzzah!
All in all, things are pretty thrilling around here!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Getting It Together

My mom's birthday was last Thursday, and the day after that was the wedding of my friend Lindsay, whom I've known since we were in first grade, so I took a looong weekend and went home to do some celebrating (and tearing up)!

Now that I'm back, I am going to read the revisions Esther sent me for her manuscript and bug some editors whom I haven't heard back from in regards to various projects.  I feel like I have a lot of loose ends dangling around and it would be great to gather some of them up and sell some more books!!  I've been a little reticent to overly-bug, though, because I'm not 100% sure what the etiquette for contact after a hurricane is.  Can I email and write, "Hi Dave, I haven't heard from you in regards to XYZ and wanted to make sure you actually have internet and are still reading the manuscript.  Looking forward to your thoughts!"  Seems a little callous...

Time to hunker down and get some reading done, and also gently and considerately bug.  Now that I'm looking around my room, I should probably do laundry as well.

OMG, I don't know if I would ever be able to afford an apartment that has this room, but I want it!

P.S.  I'm participating in YALITCHAT's Agent for the Holidays!  Click on the link to check it out and to submit a pitch!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Things Post-Sandy

I was incredibly lucky this past week: my building never lost power or internet and all the grocery stores in my neighborhood were amply stocked with food and water.  Watching the news, it was absolutely horrifying to see the kind of damage that was done by the storm.  My cousin Katie lives in Alphabet City, and although she didn't have flooding, she was without power, hot water, or internet for several days and unable to take the subway uptown.  Her phone kept dying, but I was able to text her daily and make sure she was okay.

Hurricane Sandy: Live Storm Reports
Can you believe this image?  This is something out of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (which I made the mistake of watching during Sandy).

The Backspace conference was this past Thursday at the Radisson on 32nd, even though I thought that the city was completely dark past 34th Street.  The hotel must have a Man of Steel generator.  The conference went really well, even though it happened right after Sandy.  I participated in an agent panel with three other agents and led (by myself!) a small group workshop where I critiqued authors' opening pages.

I had a "first" during the workshop - usually there are always some aspects of an author's opening pages that I would like to see altered or improved on in some way, but this time, there was one author in my group whose first two pages I thought were pretty much perfect!  They were about a woman who returns to France after killing her father.  Obviously, since these were just the first two pages, I have no idea if she actually killed her father or if there are just mysterious circumstances that she was involved in that led to his death, but I hope to get the chance to find out!  I gave her and the other workshop participants my email so that they could send me their queries.

A picture of the conference.

After the conference, my friend Laura came and visited.  She lives in Chicago and I haven't seen her since college!  She was going to a wedding in Connecticut the next day, so I didn't get to catch up with her for that long, but we went to brunch in the city and did some shopping.  We stayed uptown and she kept commenting how you would never know there had just been a hurricane from looking at all the people milling around and from all the shops that were open and decorated with pre-Christmas glitter and lights.  Hopefully, the rest of the city will be able to recup as quickly.

P.S.  Thank you to all my clients and friends who checked in on me during the storm, especially the wonderful Jeff Cole, who offered to send me batteries and homemade pumpkin bread!