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STATUS: Closed a deal. Now I want to end every Friday like this!

What song is playing on the iPod right now? I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) by Hall & Oats

And I have to confess, I’m not feeling all that inspired to rant today (but very inspired by this recent deal).

It’s my first sale for an author I met (and who pitched me) at a conference—the Pikes Peak conference to be exact.

And speaking of sales, Anna Louise has got her second treatise up on P&Ls and how books make (or don’t) money: part the second: the hardcover to mass market profitable/neutral book.

Now that’s worth some Friday afternoon perusing. I’ll be back in ranting form on Monday.


11 Responses

  1. Maprilynne said:

    Wow, several things about that article struck me. The first is that Amazon sales only make up 5% of the market. I would have thought that number would be edging up closer to 15%. I do hope you’ll link the next two parts of the article when they come up. Very fascinating. Thanks!!

  2. Anonymous said:

    Congratulations! Is the book Chick Lit? Or is Chick Lit dead, as several New York Agencies are saying?

    BTW is there a category for the “Desperate Housewives” type of story: Humorous women’s novels with married protagonists?
    …or is everything dead serious blood and gore in books these days?

  3. kis said:

    Crikey, I hope it’s all blood and gore–there’s a lot of it in my project! Not all, mind you, but hey, it’s what I love.

  4. Elektra said:

    Perhaps Amazon only makes up 5% because most people don’t browse on Amazon–they go there going for a specific book that they’ve heard of through word-of-mouth or advertising. In a book store, however, it’s much more likely someone will be walking along the shelves and think (tying in!) “Hey, that’s a pretty nice cover. Looks like my kind of book. I think I’ll buy it.”

  5. NoraDevius said:

    Congratulations to both of you! 🙂

    I’m one of the rejected but I’ve been meaning to say thank you for your fast reply for some time now. I really do hate the waiting. 😉
    Also, thank you for all the useful information you post here.
    Wishing you many more days like this one!

  6. Eileen said:

    Congrats on the sale. Have you ever advised a client to walk away from an offered deal? What are “deal breakers” for you?

  7. DanStrohschein said:

    Congratulations to you and your author. What a great thing to happen.

    I wanted to know – how many clients on your list came from conferences? I have heard that not many agents collect clients from conferences – is this true in a generalized statement?

  8. Kelly Parra said:

    Yes, Kim!!! I just saw the PubMarketplace annoucement!! When Kristin wrote Pike’s Peak I was hoping it was you. *grin*

    Major congrats!!! woo-hoo!! I am so happy for you!!!

  9. Bernita said:

    I’ve just typed out 10 times.
    “I will not feed the trolls.”
    “I WILL not feed the trolls.”
    “I will NOT feed the trolls.”
    “I will not feed the TROLLS.”