Monday, February 25, 2013

It's All About the Future

I got ridiculously happy this past week when Emily sent an email to all of us asking which days we wanted to go to BEA.  BEA is going to be from May 30 - June 1, so realistically, it's waaay too early for me to be this revved up about it, but I am!

Soooo buzzed about it!

In the meantime, I am STILL waiting to hear back from those two editors about my authors' projects!  They both are fabulous editors and I would love for my authors to get the chance to work with them, but I feel like gunning for two sales at once might be shooting too high.  Then again, these are great books, so why shouldn't it happen?  MAKE IT HAPPEN, EDITORS!  Please?

As a distraction, one of my best friends and I used Groupon to buy mani-pedis at Fifth Avenue Beauty for $15.00!  This is the first time I've ever used Groupon and I think I'm addicted now.  I'm going to use it for discounts for everything.

So, dear future: while my nails are drying and I'm trolling for deals, you better have something awesome in store to spring on me soon :) 

PS Dean's on-signing check finally came in the mail at the end of last week.  That means I will have my first ever agenting commission check soon!!!! 

PPS Has anyone else heard of micro lofts before?  I found an article about one on the Upper West side and then went to this website to look at more pictures.  Holy crap, I never thought I would daydream about living in 425 square feet.

Manhattan MicroLoft-01-1 Kind Design

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

INK and Other Things

I am in the midst of reading a great book, INK, by Amanda Sun, which pubs in July.  It's a gripping story about a girl who moves to Japan and develops a strange relationship with gloomily handsome artist Tomohiro...and when she's with him, his drawings come to life in dangerous ways. 

This is a book that I'm completely jealous of.  It makes me frown and say to myself, Why on earth didn't I find that author????  This book was an ARC that was sent to Emily at the office, and which I shamelessly stole to read for myself while on the train to and from Connecticut during my vacation.  It is apparently the first in a series of books called The Paper Gods, which makes me angry.  Kiera Cass's THE SELECTION was also the first in a series (I made John pre-order the sequel, THE ELITE, for me on Amazon), and now I'm completely hooked on both books and impatient for the next ones to come out.  Why can't series be released all at once?  Harry Potter, for example, would have been so much better that way.

I did, however, find (count 'em) four great authors through Monica's contest.  I'm excited to read the first 100 pages of both Melissa H.’s UNFINISHED BUSINESS, Kristin Lenz's ON THE FRINGE, Beth Ellyn's THE INTERN DIARIES, and Talynn Lynn’s TOUCH OF DESTINY sometime soon.

And also to get some of my clients' books rolling.  I haven't heard back from the editors who are still considering my projects (worry! worry! worry!), but I'm happy to say that cover art is on the way for Dan Newman's THE CLEARING!  Exhibit A, Dan's publisher, released their first four book covers and his editor, Emlyn Rees, will be meeting with the art director to start talking about Dan's cover.  Yay!

P.S.  Now all the text in my post is gray...does anyone good at blogging know why this is?!?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Keep Calm

I'm looking forward to doing Monica's contest next week!  If you have a great girly teen manuscript, be sure to go her blog and post your entry next Monday.

Reading some good pink, frilly stories sounds like the perfect plan  - lately I've been on pins and needles (once again) about two of my authors' projects.  They both caught the eye of an editor, who pitched their projects at their acquisitions meetings...and now I'm waiting to hear back from them.

Dun dun dunnnnn.

For someone who already is something of a worrier, having a very worry-worthy thing like this on my plate means some serious webmail refreshing and floor pacing has been going on.  In a previous post, I mentioned that one of my favorite times as an agent is the moment right after you submit a project...this is one of my LEAST favorites.

I have to relax a little and let it go - I'm not going to hear from them by raising my stress level.  I'm going to go grab some rainbow chip cookies from the grocery store and watch  Emma, the BBC miniseries...oh yeah, and GO ON VACATION!  There is no room for worrying when you're about to go on break, right?  And besides...maybe they'll email me before I go.  I should refresh my webmail right now and check.
Keep calm and...oh never mind, I'm going to check my email again!

P.S.  I changed my blog design again and I love it!  The only thing is, some of my posts now appear in a light gray text and I have no idea why...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Girly Girls Fan Club

When I had my lunch meeting with Tyler over at HarperCollins last week, she gave me some great books of Harper Teen's  to read.  I was really excited about one in particular: THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass.  

I'd never read it or even heard about it before, but it looked like a fun, girly read - something that I'd devour as I painted my nails and ate chocolates in bed.  Which is pretty much what I did.  And it made me realize two things.

Number 1: I very much like Essie nail polish!  It comes in so many cool colors!

Number 2: I REALLY want a girly YA writer of my own!  It can be so enjoyable to dive into a world filled with teen romance, pretty dresses, catty competition, and so on.  THE SELECTION has a dystopian edge to it, like THE HUNGER GAMES and a Cinderella story all wrapped up in one, and it also has a fresh feel that sets it apart from other teen fiction.

So if you have an awesome girly YA manuscript that you think would be a good fit for me, submit away!  You can check out my submission guidelines by going to the Prospect Agency webpage or to my How to Submit to Me page on this blog.  And let me know if you're querying me because you saw this post, because then you get bonus points!

P.S.  I signed a new client - the one whose query and subsequent writing I had my fingers crossed about a couple weeks ago!!  She is a great young adult narrative non-fiction writer named Erin Peabody and she has an interesting idea for a book about the creation of Yellowstone National Park that I love.

P.P.S.  I have decided that I am so all about girl teen fiction right now that I will be having a query contest in a couple weeks on the wonderful Monica Bustamante Wagner's blog.  Check it out!  You should definitely take part in the contest, but letting me know that you figured out about it by reading this post will still get you bonus points. ;-)