Monday, June 30, 2014

News

So I actually got this news a couple weeks ago but wanted to wait to write about it because I wasn't sure if it was announce-able news.


In a very unfortunate turn of events, it looks like Dan and JB's publisher, Exhibit A, will be shutting down immediately due to financial issues.  Their parent company, Angry Robot Books, will still be up and running, but Dan's second book, THE JOURNALIST, will not be published with them, though THE CLEARING and JB's John Resznick series will still be published by Angry Robot.

It's always sad to here about something like this happening, but I'm hoping that we can find another publisher for THE JOURNALIST soon!


In other, happier news, I'm moving and going to San Antonio!  These are actually two separate things, but they're happening on top of one another, so they're linked in my mind.  I'm going to go to RWA with Emily in San Antonio at the end of July and I'm also going to move into a studio (only 3 blocks away from my current apartment) at the start of August!  With all that burning sunshine and heavy lifting in my future, I may just post a picture of me sweating then and have you guess where I am.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading

I've been talking to a few of my authors who are summer submission-ready and also to Emily (our agency president) about my fear of submitting during the summer, and have decided that for my clients who are ready to send out June-August, I will do a smaller submission pool of editors who I think are really strong potential fits and if all of those editors end up taking a long time to get back to me, do another larger submission round in September while still waiting to hear back from the summer people.





I know this is relieving some of my authors, who didn't like the idea of waiting until the fall, and is also the right choice to make.  Emily didn't think that there was a really good reason for me to suspend submissions in the summer (the winter holidays are another matter!) since she sold one of her star client's books then last year.  I feel like I've just had bad luck in summers past...my sales have been pretty good so far this year, so maybe the June-August curse won't be a problem this year!

One of the authors who will be a curse-breaking guinea pig is Bridget Baker, author of fantastic YA dystopian novel MARKED.  Since "dystoptian" is kind of a nonstarter word for editors at larger houses nowadays, we are trying smaller sci-fi presses and will see what happens!  I got to meet up with her and her brother-in-law this past week for dinner in the city, and it was so great to be able to talk to her about our plans for her novel in person!  Now I'm submitting her project and three others, and also trying to figure out how to handle some other agenty issues...but more on that next week!

Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm Back

Hi everyone!  I'm back from vacation and playing catch up this week, so instead of a blog post, you get this:

A pictorial representation of what I am doing this week :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Literary Agents Need Glasses Don't They? Lots and Lots of Glasses?

One of my new (slightly fanatical) obsessions lately is--you guessed it--fancy specs.  After getting teased a little by someone ::cough, JOHN:: about my '90s robot glasses, I've been in the market for a new pair.  Or three.

I had gone to the Warby Parker in the West Village with my bestie Sarah last summer when she wanted to buy glasses just to wear (i.e. she doesn't actually need them, which threw the salespeople for a loop).  It is a very cool place, and their website was my first stop when I started my own glasses search.

But then I discovered that there are lots of other similar glasses sites, with awesome virtual try-on options and easily returnable home try-ons to boot.

So this is what I did:

I ordered home try-ons from Warby Parker.

Thanks for your
Home Try-On order!
Good news! Your Home Try-On order has
been received, and we’re packing up a box
with the frames you chose:



Durand in saddle russet 
DURAND in saddle russet



Burke in tennessee whiskey 
BURKE in tennessee whiskey



Lyle in english oak 
LYLE in english oak



Ainsworth in walnut tortoise 
AINSWORTH in walnut tortoise



Ainsworth in striped chestnut 
AINSWORTH in striped chestnut




Get excited!
And I also got a pair of Maxine glasses from Lookmatic and a pair called Watling Street from Eyefly.  

Maxine
These are the Maxine glasses.

These are Watling Street!  (I think they might be my favorites).

This is pretty much how I've been spending the start of my vacation.  And there is probably going to be a lot more glasses ordering going on in my future, because this is easy, inexpensive, and so much fun! 

Oh and if anyone knows where I can buy a pair of Warby Parker Preston glasses in Bellini, I will give you one of my eyeballs for your information. Those glasses are sooo pretty it would be worth not having depth perception anymore.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekend Warrior

I'm still recovering from this past weekend.  BEA was the most intense it's ever been...or maybe I was just the most intense I've ever been at BEA, not sure.  I did bring a suitcase this year, but it did also seem like everyone was really aggressive about getting the same ARCs I was gunning for.

You can't tell, but all the people are moving from booth to booth at the speed of lightning.

Over the weekend, I got my notes for Erin's contract back to her editor, and was able to cross a manuscript off my "to read" list!  Pretty big feats since I was under the sway of the free book gods and also went back home to drive up to my five-year college reunion.  

It was really nice to be back at Amherst, see old classmates, and show John around.  It was, however, kind of jarring to go from the BEA pictured above to the campus pictured below.

I went to such a pretty school!  And it's SO calm!

Now that I'm back in the city, my goal is to read as much as possible before I go on vacation next week.  I was a judge for an online writing contest called The Voice recently, and requested a lot of great manuscripts from it, so making a dent in all of that is not going to be as easy as I'd like to be.  I am, however, trying to stay firm on my self-imposed enjoyment rule of ABSOLUTELY NO WORK during vacation.  

I may bend it a little, though.  Because it's not really work if you're doing it on the beach, right?