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STATUS: It’s a rainy day in Denver. Perfect for working on an edit. It was also a quiet email day. Folks are getting ready for the long weekend and then BEA in New York City.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? HOTEL CALIFORNIA by the Eagles

Yep, it’s happening next week. Get ready for publishing to shut down for a couple of days while we all party at the Javits Center. And I do mean party. Parties in the Publisher exhibition booths. Parties at external locations. Invitation only parties. And parties worth crashing.

And I’ll be there—reporting from the floor if I see anything of interest for blog readers.

BEA 2007 is a banner year for the Nelson Agency. I have four authors who are being spotlighted there.

So if you are wandering the convention floor, you might want to pop in and say hello to some of my authors and get an autographed copy of your favorite book.

Marianne Mancusi
Friday, June 1, 2007
12:00-1:00 p.m. Dorchester Booth 3681

Ally Carter
Friday June 1, 2007
Hyperion Booth 3956
3:00-3:30 p.m. Author Autographing Area: table 16
(sorry for the neon green. That’s how blogger uploaded it and I couldn’t fix it. Honestly, the cover is not that weird green.)

Jennifer O’Connell & Vicki King
Saturday, June 2, 2007
1:00 pm Adams Media Booth 3915

Hank Phillippi Ryan
Saturday, June 2, 2007
2-2:45 Harlequin Booth 3874

Jennifer O’Connell
Saturday, June 2, 2007
2:30 p.m. Author Autographing Area

13 Responses

  1. bran fan said:

    Yes, please do report from BEA. Keep in mind that the majority of your blog readers have never been to BEA and we would like to know what it’s like.

  2. McKoala said:

    LOL, is the ‘reporting from the floor’ what you will be doing after all the parties? Have fun with all those great authors you are representing.

  3. The Writers' Group said:

    Anyone going to BEA should stop by Harlequin’s booth to meet Hank Phillipi Ryan. She won’t disappoint. She is smart and funny and her book is destined to do really well.


  4. Anonymous said:

    I, too, wonder about the headless women. First it was headless men on the romance covers, I suppose so each women could envision her ideal hero. Creepy, I thought. And the headless women are even creepier.

  5. John Q Writer said:

    I’m wondering if you can recommend a source to see good examples of query letters, cover letters, book proposals, and a synopsis. I’d appreciate whatever help you may offer.

  6. ~Nancy said:

    john q writer,

    Here are a couple of query ideas:

    (The name of the thread is Query letter–something unconventional, in case the above gets cut off by Blogger)

    This is Lynn Flewelling’s query (The Complete Nobody’s (!) Guide to Queries):


    (That’s How to Write a Synopsis on the website)

    (This one’s called the Deadly Synopsis)

    Can I make a suggestion? Join the forums over at Absolute Write ( They have a section called Share Your Work. They’ll crit your query and I also think a synopsis (there’s a password required to get into that particular part of the site, but when you click on the link, it pops up with the password).

    In addition, there’s discussions on novels, short stories, agents (good and bad), etc. A plethora of info.

    Another site you might want to consider is Electra’s Crapometer ( No passwords or anything, but they’ll take queries, synopses, chapters (1 at a time).

    Last but not least, check out Backspace (, which I know Kristin belongs to. There are a bunch of articles on the site, which you can look at for free. You do have to pay to access the forums, however (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

    Good luck!


  7. Anonymous said:

    Rainy days ARE perfect for an edit. Or just enjoying a second read…at a more leisurely pace. But it must be a crazy time, too, getting ready for BEA. Safe travels.