Monday, September 29, 2014

Feeling Glam

Had another fantastic agenting week!  I went with Emily and her NYT bestselling author, Tracy Deebs, to Random House to deliver cupcakes and made a new editor friend!  Her name is Sarah Murphy and, like me, she loves OUTLANDER.  I didn't realize RH published the book, but she gave me the first in the series and we are going to go out for drinks to discuss projects she is interested in.  Yay!

I also took Nicole out to Koi in the city, where we celebrated with her signing her Penguin contract!  I'm was glad that she was in town for us to be able to something special like that and that her contracts were miraculously ready while she was here.  It was lots of fun - there was a couple next to us and when we were talking about GIRLS WHO TRAVEL and Penguin, they sneakily checked us out and made me feel very big shot-y :)

Nicole signing her contract!

I will be following up with submissions this week, hopefully working on the agency website, and getting psyched for Brianna's publication day for FAMOUS PHONIES!!  Better pre-order if you haven't already!

Monday, September 22, 2014

High on the Hog

It appears that I am living high on the hog right now.  Far from my usual week of reading (and I am sorry to all the authors who have been waiting for to get them their notes - this week, promise!), this past week was full of all kinds of fun, author-related things and there are more to come!

First of all, I got to meet Susan for the first time when she came to the East Coast to do several readings/signings.  I went to her event at 5C Cafe in Alphabet City, where she read an excerpt of her book and answered questions from the 20+ people who had come.  It was great to finally meet her in person and to be at one of my author's event, where I got to hear other people discuss the book and what they loved about it.  You can read more about Susan's tour on her website.

I  got to meet  Kara for the first time, too, and we had an awesome walk home from the reading together and an energetic chat the next day about her proposal, which is currently on submission.

Kara, Me, and Susan

Earlier that week, I also facilitated a conversation between the wonderful Jackie Cantor () and Rachel; they discussed revision ideas for Rachel's commercial women's fiction manuscript and were generally inspired/excited together.  I wasn't a part of the call, but I got filled in via email and phone, and the two of them had lots of positive, productive things to say about their chat.  I am looking forward to working on these edits with Rachel and resubmitting to Jackie soon.

I was at the office for most of the week, but in addition to Susan's reading, also got to have a very Big Deal Agent day in the city with Emily and her author Lia Riley, where we lunched with lots of editors, art designers, and publicity people at Grand Central Press who are involved in Lia's books, UPSIDE DOWN and SIDESWIPED.  

And next week, I get to have a super glamorous agent day.  Nicole is in town and I just received the final copies of her contract from Penguin, so we are going to go out to dinner and celebrate her signing together!

Now tell me you aren't jealous ;)

Oh, and P.S.: Brianna got bookmarks made to prepare for the release of FAMOUS PHONIES in October.  Don't they look great?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Agent 2.0

Had such a fun time at the wedding last weekend!  It was wonderful to see Laura and Marco get married and also spend time with friends from home.  John and I even went on a hike the next day with a couple of our other friends and ran into people that I haven't seen since middle school.

In other news...I am  happy to announce the unveiling of Carrie Pestritto, Agent 2.0.  I'm going to be working at the agency more often during the week and cutting back on restaurant work, which will be mostly on the weekends.  For those of you who are not lifelong Literary Carrie readers (shame on you!), I work part-time at a restaurant in addition to agenting and it's actually not that unusual for people in publishing to have side jobs because, let's face it, we make no money.  In fact, one of my favorite editors at Bloomsbury also works at a Sephora in the Upper East Side on the weekends.  

Anyways, I will slowly be taking over working on/being responsible for our website and I'm hoping to incorporate some ideas I've had on how to add different features, such as a log-in contracts database for agents and publicity tools for authors.  It's been in the works for a little while and something I've been wanting to do.

I'm hoping this extra time to devote will mean that I will get to do an even better job for my clients and also continue to learn a lot from Emily, the best mentor ever!  

P.S.  Very excited to get to meet Susan for the first time this week at her reading this Wednesday at 5C Cafe!  If you're in the area you should definitely stop by!

Monday, September 8, 2014


This was a shorter week than normal, but it felt even more so because my work week was squished in between CT visits.  I went home for Labor Day and then circled around and traveled back this past weekend for a family party.  I do feel like I got a lot done in that short period of time, though, including sending out two projects for their debut round of submission, so go me!  Also had a very energetic conversation with Jeff about a few of his ideas for other books - I am very excited about one in particular and looking forward to seeing it start to take shape.

I've been going home more frequently lately, and I have to admit, I really enjoy doing it.  You don't realize how adorable and picturesque your hometown was until you get used to the view from your apartment window being another person's apartment window.  John and I went to the Hebron Fair while I was home, and I couldn't stop commenting on how much wide open space there was on the drive there...guess New York is getting into my head too much, because I kept thinking about how many apartments you could fit onto the fallow fields and forests we sped by.

I'm having another short week this week and going home for our friends' wedding.  Hopefully I will be as productive as I was this week so that once Friday hits, I can line dance and eat cake with a carefree heart!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Good Stuff

I had such a great, productive week this past week!  I felt like I got a lot of reading/edits done and I also had a good call with two of my authors about their projects and our plan of attack for moving forward.

And I'm excited to announce that I signed a new client!  Her name is Kim Graff and her YA novel, LIV ON FIRE, is a fantastic, suspenseful, contemporary book with a snarky, damaged heroine you can't help but root for.  She was one of the contestants in The Voice competition that I participated in awhile back, so yay for blog contests and Love YA.

I got to spend some quality time with the folks and John this weekend, too, which was really nice.  All in all, a pretty perfect week.

Now that everyone is back to work, I'm going to be following up on projects I have out on submission and see if I can get some more books sold!  I'm really hopeful about the books Beth Ellyn Summer, Rachel Mork, and Jessica Arnold have out on submission right now - they all have editors who expressed a lot of interest in them, so I'm holding my breath waiting to see if they will be my Indian Summer deals!  

Writing the words "Indian Summer," made me realize that fall is right around the favorite season!!  I think I'm going to start indulging in things like cider, kettle corn, and butternut squash soup to psych myself up!