Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Fun Facts: Agent Search Update

Happy Friday!

Update on agent search: one request for synopsis + full manuscript - very exciting! Without mentioning specifics, this is a junior agent at a NYC agency who is just starting to acquire/sell YA. There are, of course, 2 thoughts on this: she hasn't sold a lot and perhaps does not have the connections that a more seasoned YA agent would have; but she also is actively seeking YA in a variety of genres to build her list. I'll keep you posted!


And just for fun, on this day in history...

Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon.

Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

Ringling Brothers bought Barnum & Bailey.

The cities of Baltimore and Washington ran out of coffins during the "Spanish Inflenza" epidemic.

Chester Carlson invented the photocopier. He tried to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they saw no use for a gadget that made nothing but copies.

U.S. revealed Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy ordered a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Writers' Wednesday: Author Appearance November 13th

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
Benjamin Franklin

Hey all, a new signing by Yours Truly: I'll be appearing with fellow romance writers Stella Price, Tilly Greene, and Cat Johnson on Saturday, November 13th at Borders in the Galleria Mall in Middletown, New York. Time still to be determined, but most likely in the afternoon. I'll keep you posted!

And my writing friend Liz is busily reading 4 excerpts I just sent her from Summer's Song, to help me decide which I should read at Lady Jane's November 1st. It's a tougher decision than I first thought...I want something with spice and action, but not too far along in the story, probably with some dialogue but not strictly conversation, and a sprinkling of narrative but not too much. Yikes! Choices, choices...Liz, I can't wait for your insight!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday's Mentionables

Two mentionables for today:

My local writers' group, Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America, will feature an editor from Wild Rose Press at its November meeting. Trish Owens will be discussing the various lines AND accepting pitches! Woo hoo...very exciting, so if you're local and interested, here's our webpage for more info and to RSVP.

I thought this article about ebooks gaining in popularity was interesting. Especially in developing countries, where it's more practical to send an ebook reader loaded with ebooks than an entire library of books, the growth looks to be exponential. Maybe ebooks and ebook readers really will take over more quickly than anticipated...