Back at the office today after a week and a half in NYC, first at Book Expo America (BEA, for the acronym-savvy) and then on holiday with Rexroth. So how was it? Busy! For every appointment I made and kept, I think I ran into another editor, author, or fellow agent. And it’s the possibility of these unplanned meetings that brings me back to BEA over and over again. Sure, I could schedule every minute of my day, but then I wouldn’t have twenty minutes to stand in the halls, chatting with a fellow agent I used to work with, or have dinner with several amazing YA authors, or make a run for Southern Comfort Red Velvet Cupcakes with an editor. Those are the moments that make BEA, people.
As for galleys, I tried very hard not to grab everything I could get my hands on. I did pick up Cory Doctorow‘s For the Win at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on Wednesday morning at BEA, and finished it yesterday on the way home. Rexroth and I decided that one of the wonders of Doctorow’s writing is the sense of reality that permeates his fiction. You really don’t know where he’s blending fact with fiction, or just creating something altogether new. Also, he made me cry. So consider that a recommendation, even if you don’t know anything about MMORPGs, computer gaming, or gold farmers.
I haven’t had a chance to read anything else I picked up yet, but there’s a couple I’m looking forward to. I managed to nab several of the titles discussed at the Young Adult Editors Buzz Panel, although it’s worth noting that of the six (?) books discussed, a fellow agent I sat with and I had both declined one — different ones. But one person’s trash is another’s treasure — not that any of your books are trash, of course, it’s just a figure of speech!
I had a chance to pitch several fun upcoming projects by my clients, and sent a few manuscripts out. I also got to meet with a couple of editors who’ve already bought some of my clients’ books, and to talk with them about plans and covers and all the wonderful details that are part of the publishing process.
All in all, an excellent trip! (The vacation part was great, too, but that’s not exactly a subject for this blog.)
And while I was gone, I did follow the voting on the photo inspiration stories. My choice to have the order of the choices flip for each voter was deliberate, and while the nature of the internet poll service I used meant some people could find ways to vote multiple times, or that others could get everyone they knew to vote for them, I think that’s part of the process! We’re not deciding the fate of the universe here — just the winner of a short conversation with me. To that end, since both Amy and Alicia ended up with 43% of the vote, I’m going to call it a tie, and award each of them a 30-minute phone call. Guys, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with some times that will work for you, between 9am and 5pm Mountain time.
And I think that’s all the housekeeping I needed to do here. I still have queries to get through from mid-May, so I’m not going to say anything more, but will save it for another blog post, and another time.