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Kickstart the New Year

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STATUS: The new year is off to a roaring start. The first day back in the office is always chaos but today I got lots of exciting news. My author Ally Carter is going to be a spotlight author at Book Expo 2007 and audio rights just sold for the second book in her series. Then an editor called to express excitement for a project that went on submission right before the holidays. Now that’s a first day back in the office. Can’t get much better—unless, of course, an editor had called to actually offer.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? THE BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU by The Police

Did you guys miss knowing what was playing on the iPod for the last two weeks? Seriously, I needed some new downloads for Christmas. It’s one of those things that I do when I have time and I should have had plenty of time over the holidays while being trapped in Denver with about 4 feet of snow. But did I? No. Must have been all the eggnog I drank instead.

I am glad to be back although I really enjoyed my blog break. Consequently, these blogging muscles feel a little rusty but lucky for you it’s a two-fer.

One here and one posted over at Romancing The Blog. I say that’s kickstarting the new year. Just try not to overload.

So today was an attempt to get back in the swing of things. There’s no hard or fast rule but I usually try and wait until tomorrow before I start calling and haranguing all my editors about the status of current submissions, publicity/marketing plans for upcoming books, and whether they are ready to see what I’ve got cooking.

Just like 1000 other agents, I have submissions to send out but waited until after the holidays to do so. Guess what’s happening tomorrow? I’m sure I just made a bunch of editors either cringe or leap with excited anticipation. Maybe both. After all, they probably cleared off their desks and computer desktops before heading out. That lasted about one week.

Happy New Year folks!

18 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    Happy New Year! I happen to be a HUGE music lover myself. Let’s see if I can detect a pattern with your music choices.

    All the best in 2007.

  2. Molly M. said:

    Didn’t miss the iPod stuff at all, but missed your lively posts. I love that you started back up with another review of cliche’ lines and approaches in your RtB post. Those posts are always great fun to read. I look forward to hearing which names are the most popular ones for heroines in the new year — will Rhiannon still keep her grip on the lead? 🙂

  3. Bridget Medora said:

    Happy New Year Kristin! =)

    Though I don’t comment often, I read the blog every day and it’s good to see you back. A happy and prosperous 2007 to you and yours!

  4. Jill James said:

    Glad you are back, hope the snow doesn’t have you cold and wet. So great to come here and see the post up, already saw the one at Romancing the Blog. Great post!

  5. ian said:

    Welcome back, Kristin. I think we’ll still have snow hanging around here in April, we got so much.

    Here’s to a brand new year full of new possibilties, new manuscripts, and new authors. *hint hint*


  6. ryan field said:

    I’m so jealous…here in NYC, and most of the East we haven’t even seen a flurry.

  7. Eugenia said:

    Happy New Year, Agent Kristin. May it be filled with lots of publishing contracts and as many bestsellers as you can handle!

  8. RenaissanceGrrl said:

    Welcome back, I wondered how you were holding up in all that snow out there. Simply incredible, here on the east coast it’s still in the 50’s.

  9. Anonymous said:

    Welcome back, Kristen.

    Out of curiosity, had you finished going through all your queries prior to the holiday break? I know you’re not one of the “we don’t respond unless we like you” agents, but I never did receive a rejection for a query I emailed around the 8th of December.

    Want to know if I need to cross you off for the New Year. 😉

  10. Anonymous said:

    Happy new year!

    I swear, when Denver started getting deluged, I started worrying. “What if Mrs. Kristin gets hurt? What if her power goes out for large amounts of time? Argh!”

    So, I’m glad you’re doing well (and that you’re able to blog). Best of luck to you this year!