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Getting Ready For Frankfurt

STATUS: I need a good neck stretch or back massage. But TGIF!

What’s playing on the iPod right now? WHAT’D I SAY by Ray Charles

I spent the day working on getting my foreign rights co-agent ready for Frankfurt (which is just a few weeks away).

So what have we been doing? Well, first we establish the list of the clients/titles that will be shopped there. Basically we just make sure that any project we hold World rights for is on the list. We also make a list of projects that the publisher holds World for. We’ll certainly field interest for those clients so we make sure we have the Publishing House’s contact person so we can share with interested parties at Frankfurt.

But the rest of getting ready is making sure that our co-agent has all current info in hand.

On the checklist:

1. Final cover and final flap or back cover copy of any featured title.

2. Final manuscript—in page proof PDF if we have it yet but most often it’s the Word document—final sans copy edits.

3. All reviews, praise, and latest news for any client title. This is the most time consuming. Sara has been putting that together all week but there were literally events happening as of this week—like a film deal I just concluded for one of my YA authors.

I needed to make sure that info had been disseminated.

4. Confirmed release dates for all upcoming titles.

5. Made a list of foreign rights already sold for each title.

6. Made sure the marketing plans for all titles had been forwarded on as well.

There’s probably something more that I’m forgetting but that pretty much sums it up.

Frankfurt here we come.

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9 Responses

  1. Ima said:

    Is it me or are others experiencing a problem submitting to Kristin Nelson? I have tried several times over several weeks and each time Mailer Demon returns my submission with a message that the email address (as published on the website) is not valid. Help!

  2. Rosemary Carstens said:

    Have a great trip, Kristin! I always thought I’d like to attend the Frankfurt show. My agent will have her eyes out for possibilities for my own book this year, but it’s not on the front burner because it has not sold in the US yet. Enjoy the action and let us know what goes on over there — Rosemary Carstens – http://carstensFEAST.blogspot.com

  3. Arovell said:

    Wow! Despite the stress, getting to go to Frankfurt sounds fascinating. Who knew being an agent involved traveling to such cool places! Hawaii, now Germany! Have a wonderful trip!

  4. cindy said:

    kristin, what happens at these giant book fairs? are you able to pitch to foreign publishers? do you go to them or are they actively looking for you? just wondering. it sounds very exciting! safe travels and have fun!!

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