A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry
Last year we participated in World Book Night and gave away THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and GOOD OMENS.
I’m over the moon that last night, World Book Night announced that Jamie Ford’s Debut novel HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET is a 2014 pick- both the regular and large print version.
To sign up to be a Book Giver and give away Jamie’s book, or if you’d like to choose something else (but really do you want to? Grin.) click here.
The auction has concluded. Wowza. I’m completely humbled. And trust me, I’m going to spend hours on this critique! The winner deserves that and more.
I don’t think Dave and company are going to believe me when I tell them how much money we raised on their behalf.
THANK YOU! I’ve said it before but y’all are awesome. If you still want to make a donation, feel free to. I haven’t closed that portal yet.
First off, let me just say how AWESOME every single one of my blog readers is. You guys have just blown me away.
Right now my 50 page Manuscript critique with 30 minute follow up Skype session is at $2500. That’s crazy! And just FYI that the auction closes today (August 7) at 5 pm Mountain Time. As soon as it ends and there is a winner, I’ll be sending out an email to set up the date and time.
And for folks not bidding but just wanting to make a donation, we’ve raised $3240.00!
That’s $5740.00 total!!!
Dave, Jen, Jason, Rebecca & Timothy are just going to be stunned.
Big Hugs. People in publishing are the best.
A police officer pounds on your door and when you open it, yells you’ve got 10 minutes to get out before the fire hits. What do you take?
Well, if you are Kristin’s good friend Dave Olsen, you take nothing. Sadly Dave was out of town when the alert came to evacuate because of the Colorado Springs Black Forest fire was raging out of control and just about to hit his street. Luckily, one tenant, Jen Stemen was home. Rebecca and Timothy (who had literally just moved into their bottom half apartment two weeks prior) were not there. Nor was Jason Sullivan who lived in the apartment above the workshop barn.
Jen has ten minutes. She grabs everyone’s laptop and throws it in her car. Then she runs to grab her dog Cosmo, Dave’s dog Shadow, Jason’s dog Switters (all big dogs). Then she dashes to load them into her tiny car only to realize that there isn’t going to be enough room.
She has to make a split decision: dogs or car? She doesn’t hesitate (even though she had no renter’s insurance). She abandons her car. Throws the laptops, the dogs, and her just-in-case suitcase into Dave’s old truck and hightails it out of there. The house, the entire property, is completely destroyed.
TV coverage captured the 100 foot flames that was their street. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll see my posting on the day I learned that Dave had lost everything but was cheerfully moving on and even quipping about how he could now move to Boulder, Colorado to be closer to his daughter. Nothing to pack!
Every year I donate a 30-page manuscript critique with a follow up Skype session for the Brenda Novak Charity auction because my nephew has juvenile diabetes and this is a cause close to my heart. Well, this is very personal for me as well. My friend Dave is lucky. He is insured. It will cover a lot but probably not everything.
But this auction is for Jen and Jason–who had no renter’s insurance. And especially for Jen, who sacrificed to save the pets. (And please let me take a minute to say that if you are renting your place and don’t have insurance, please buy some. Today. You just never ever know. Usually it’s under $100 for a year. Well worth the cost for the absolute worst case scenario. And I hope you never have to use it!)
So if you’ve ever wanted a critique from me and you want the money to go to great cause, now is your chance. I’m really hoping to raise at least $1500.00. Deets below.
BLACK FOREST WILDFIRE AUCTION –
50-page Manuscript critique followed by a 30 minute Skype Session
Runs: August 2, 2013 thru August 7, 2013
Click on this link and bid.
And if money is tight and you really can’t participate in an auction but might like to donate a buck, you can do that too. Just click on this link. Even if you think $1.00 is not a lot, that’s $1.00 more than what they have right now and if 200 people donate a buck, that adds up.
And THANK YOU. Except for the small percentage that GoFundMe takes to process donations, ALL the money will go to Jen & Jason.
Pic 1: Me, Jen, and Dave on the day we were clearing the property
Pic 2:: the house before
Pic 3: the house after
I’m sure you’ve been dying to see a picture of Agent Kristin manning a wood chipper. Finally, your chance. My husband Brian and I spent a weekend with Dave helping him clear his property after the Black Forest Wildfire destroyed his home and everything there.
Pic 1: Dave chainsaws a tree
Pic 2: One tree down
Pic 3: That’s me picking up branches that have been cut so as to take to the wood chipper
Pic 4: I’m watching Dave cut so I can grab those branches
Pic 5: A very dirty Kristin & Brian
Pic 6: Dave & Me & a wood chipper
Pic 7: Me feeding the chipper. Fargo anyone?
Pic 8: The clean up crew. Jen, who saved the dogs, is sandwiched between me and my husband Brian. She, who had just lost everything, still came to help clean the property. Amazing gal!
Pic 9: My favorite picture! Dave had a stack of firewood for his fireplace. It was the ONLY thing that didn’t burn. LOL How ludicrous is that?
We had sunshine but warm it was not. I needed that down jacket you are seeing me wearing.
Best story of the night? Standing on the corner of 16th Street and Market when Isaac zipped by on his pedicab. On such a cold evening, we couldn’t help shouting out “free book to celebrate World Book Night?” He said, “no thanks” and starting riding away. He wasn’t interested in any religious material (although I didn’t realize at the time that he thought we might be giving away some religious literature). I called out, “But it’s Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens (sorry Terry I was speaking quickly) and The Phantom Tollbooth.”
Isaac whipped around so quickly on his pedicab, I felt like I had whiplash. “No kidding?” he exclaimed..
He thought Book Night was so cool, he insisted on being our Pedicab bookmobile and wouldn’t take no for an answer. It was darn chilly. Not a lot of people walking up and down the mall. But we loaded up on his pedicab and he zipped us up and down 16th street looking for kids and other delighted folks who couldn’t believe we were giving away free books. No strings attached.
Pictures to enjoy! And Sara’s son Elan was our very special ambassador! Thank you Elan for braving the cold with us! And thank you Isaac! If you see this blog post, drop us a line. You made World Book Night a triumph for Nelson Literary Agency. We’d love to send you the pics.
Oh it’s happening – despite the fact it’s 25 degrees out right now and we will all be bundled to the max and unrecognizable. LOL. Last year it was 82 degrees on this date. Oh fickle Mother Nature.
We’ll be celebrating World Book Night as promised but instead of being at Skyline Park and 16th street, we’ll be on Wynkoop near Coors Field. There is a Rockies game scheduled and I’m betting that if you are a diehard enough fan to sit outside in 25 degree weather to watch a game, you might be a reluctant reader. Besides, kids will be there!
With the minimal foot traffic along the mall we are likely to get because of weather tonight, we’ll hedge our bets. So come join us. Bring Hot Cocoa and say hello! Just look for the banner. And notice that I’m wearing Rockies colors.
And incidentally, my birthday! If you haven’t got plans on Tuesday, April 23, come join the gals of NLA at Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall of Downtown Denver. We’ll be talking to passerby’s, reluctant readers, and giving away two very cool books.
Last night my husband says to me, “I’m a reluctant reader. Can I get a copy of Good Omens?” I replied, “it’s true you are a reluctant reader but you can afford to buy a copy so no, you don’t get one.”
I know! I’m tough. No nepotism people!
STATUS: I’ve seen the first beta page for our website redesign. I’m so excited!
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? MEXICAN RADIO By Wall Of Voodoo
(Just saw the sale for the tell-all by the original MTV VJs. I’m feeling nostalgic!)
Are you an author? Want to be a part of something terrific and spread the love of reading? Then you’ll want to know about World Book Night. NLA has signed up to be a book giver as have some of our authors! We are committed and then some.
Originally started in the UK last year, Carl Lennertz is now taking it on to make April 23 extraordinary in the US.
Find out more about it and how to sign up here. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2012.