Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

Great Covers, Film Deals, Good PR, That’s What This Job Is About!

STATUS: It’s one of those days where everything has come together. It makes being an agent perfect.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? SONO ANDATI from La Bohème

First off I get the news that my author Kim Reid is going to have a live interview about her memoir NO PLACE SAFE on NPR this Oct. 10th.

She will be on the program News & Notes (which is the flagship African-American talk radio program on National Public Radio and is hosted by Farai Chideya).

I love NPR and it’s always a special thrill to have an author spotlighted on their radio program.

Then I finally get to share my most recent exciting film news. Universal’s Strike Entertainment has optioned Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted, Inc. Look for the Deal Lunch announcement to appear soon. This is especially thrilling because this deal has been three years in the making—not to mention this project was optioned by a whole other company about a year ago and that deal fell through. It’s the little film option that could!

And then, cherry on top, I receive the most gorgeous cover for a recently sold young adult project. It’s always amazing when a publisher gets it exactly right. Brooke and I are so in love with this cover, so if you hate it, I don’t want to hear about it.

Just kidding. Well…maybe not.

24 Responses

  1. Lisa said:

    Way to go Kim Reid! I cannot wait to read her memoir and hope to make one of the upcoming book signings!

    …cover is gorgeous too 🙂

  2. Christopher M. Park said:

    No, I have to say that’s a pretty incredible cover. The colors, the composition… its all really attractive. Sorry, no one to disagree with you here! Congrats on all the good news.


  3. Elver said:

    The face looks way too retouched. To the point where I’m thinking that it’s probably a fully computer-created face.

    But it does capture the eye. By the looks of it, I’d say it’s a romance novel or a young adult romance novel or something like that. Which means I wouldn’t buy it. Not my cup of tea.

  4. ~Nancy said:

    At least it’s not headless, like so many covers seem to be these days (what’s up with that?).

    Congrats on Shanna’s book being made into a movie – I hope this one goes through!


  5. Pallandra said:

    Congrats to you and Shanna!

    I ended up buying “Enchanted, Inc” after reading her query on your blog, and I immediately devoured the rest of the series — to see film rights optioned makes me giddy!

  6. Nate said:

    I do think that is quite a striking cover, though I would be remiss to not mention that the unfortunate placement of the white line under her nostril has me thinking snot.

    Am I just too juvenile? 🙂

  7. Anonymous said:

    I wouldn’t buy it. My first thought is this: another generic person. Is she supposed to be a teenager? Yeah, teenagers always have flawless skin like that. Sure. It looks like a million other pictures of Generic Fake Teenage Girl.
    The distress marks look like tracked-in snow, like someone used the book to clean their winter boots– and I can’t blame them.

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