I’m back!

March 30th, 2009 • Kate

Ok, not really, but I’m back in the States, and taking meetings this week with US editors, instead of international publishers. Which is a bit of a switch in my mind, really, since for the last week I’ve been talking about translation rights to books I’ve already sold in the US, and now I’m talking about books which I’m submitting for US publication. Needless to say, they’re different books.

But about that week in Italy…

There’s been a lot of talk online and among publishing folk as to how Bologna was quieter this year, and I guess others would know more than I — as it was my first year, I couldn’t really judge its relative size. There were very few US editors in town, but it certainly seemed as if most of the Europeans were there. Partly that’s because the European markets are, for the most part, not feeling the same recession we are. I’ve certainly sold Alyson Noel‘s Evermore around the world — 8 territories so far, with offers in two more, including one that came in at the fair (Very exciting!).

After hearing how other agents hated the look of the Rights Center last year, I had nothing to complain about this year — it was bright and sunny, with fresh flowers lining the aisle. Actually, that’s not entirely true — we discussed how they could improve the snack bar next year with the addition of more sweets, especially in the afternoon. But here’s a peek:
The best part of the week was having the time to sit and catch up with fellow agents and publishing colleagues. It sounds like it’s all fun, and it mostly is, but for us, luckily, fun is also work. That’s why I love my job.

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5 Responses to “I’m back!”

  1. Jessica (at It' Says:

    Wow. That's not at all how I imagined the fair. It all seems so studious and serious, which I guess is the point, but does destroy some of the mystique.
    At least it was a better lit and bright than the trade shows I worked at back in college.
    Glad you're back!

  2. yellowbrick08 Says:

    Welcome back — almost — and congratulations on those international sales for Evermore. That is exciting. And it's wonderful to hear that the recession hasn't hit publishing in other countries as hard as it has hit here. Thanks for the news.

  3. Amy Says:

    Oh, wow, it is so lovely! I'm positive I would be loads more productive surrounded by all those bright colors and fresh flowers.
    And congrats on the sale!!

  4. chocolateinspir Says:

    Glad your back. Great pic. And congrats on all those sales!

  5. Julia Karr Says:

    Oh – it looks lovely! The perfect spot for deal-making (much nicer, altho' not nearly as mysterious as smoke-filled back rooms.)
    Congrats on all your successes and welcome home!