I am typing this on a Dell laptop

July 24th, 2008

Another day in the New York office, but I will be very glad to get home tonight. So I’m up early, getting ready for my meetings, checking my blogs, and I see a post from my author Lili Wilkinson that touches on yet another hot-button issue of the day, product placement in books.

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Reading up a storm

July 23rd, 2008

Spent another day running around the city to meetings with editors, authors, and scouts, and while I had to replace the battery on my phone/mobile email device, my Kindle is standing up like a champ! I am the new champ of subway reading! Granted, I got a head start on my flight into town, but I am tearing through my submissions pile and have found at least four manuscripts out of the 40 or so partials I requested where I’d like to see the full novel. And they’re not all what I might expect.

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Another YA brouhaha

July 22nd, 2008

There’s another brohaha brewing on the interwebs about Margo Rabb’s essay in The New York Times about her book being labeled as YA, and the assumed stigma that comes along with it, quoting a number of writers of both adult and children’s books. Justine Larbalestier wrote about the “stigma”, disagreeing with many of the points Rabb raised. I think it’s telling that she picked authors like James Patterson to quote, which seems an easy agreement to her point, especially since the Times has written before about Patterson’s horror at the sales of his books when they were shelved only in the teen section.

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New York office once more

July 21st, 2008

I find myself once more in the New York office, with a strangely adorable cat named Mr. Pongo peering at my fingers as I type. This is the consequence of a stopover at famous author MJ’s swank pied-a-terre.

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A Pre-Travel Potpourri

July 16th, 2008

I’m running around like a crazy Daphne this morning, trying to get stuff done before my flight to NYC. Contracts to mail, manuscripts to upload to my Kindle, emails to answer, and blogs to post! So please forgive this bare bones list of links, and I promise I’ll be better soon.

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