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What Made Me Burn The Midnight Oil

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STATUS: I’m fully recovered from jet lag! Today I offered representation to a new client (very exciting). I worked on a contract, and I handled some outstanding issues. All in a good day’s work.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? BEGIN THE BEGIN by R. E. M.

Do you remember when I was posting all those late night blogs about a week or so before I went on vacation? I mentioned that a lot of exciting things were happening at the agency but I couldn’t really talk about them.

Well, I can finally talk about the two auctions that happened back to back in the first weeks of August. Both were several day auctions as well and so during the work day, I did nothing but handle the bidding etc. Then I would work on everything else that should have been done (especially since vacation was approaching) until about 11 o’clock at night. Then I blogged—hence some late night entries and that midnight oil.

So here are my two exciting deals in Publishers Marketplace Deal Lunch terms.

Jamie Ford’s HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, a story set in Seattle and told in alternating time periods, when a Chinese boy falls in love with a Japanese girl during the Japanese internment in 1942, and later in 1986 when the belongings of Japanese families are discovered in the basement of a condemned hotel and he must confront the memories and choices he made years ago, to Jane von Mehren at Ballantine, in a good deal, at auction.

Sarah Rees Brennan’s debut urban fantasy trilogy starting with THE DEMON’S LEXICON, about two brothers hunted throughout England by a powerful magician’s circle after their mother steals a charm and when the eldest is marked by a demon, the younger uses swords and dark arts in an effort to save him but unwittingly uncovers the darkest of secrets, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry, in a major deal, at auction.

23 Responses

  1. YvonneLindsay said:

    Kristin, I didn’t get to meet you at the RWNZ conference but wanted to congratulate you (and your authors) on those good and major deals. It must be exhilarating representing people and product you’re passionate about.

    Good to hear you’ve recovered so swiftly from the dreaded jet lag. I always find the trip from the US back to NZ shattering as far as body clocks go.

  2. Aneeka said:

    I’m a lurker but I just had to post and say wow! A new client and two deals?? And a vacation to boot!

    I bet you’re on cloud nine (as well as your authors). Congratulations 🙂

  3. Vicki said:

    Congrats to both your authors and to you! The news is wonderful and exciting.

    Two auctions, new clients, a contract offered, and vacation. August seems to be a good month for you and your people. 🙂

  4. Tracey said:

    Isn’t it wonderful when hard work and late nights pay off? Jane and Sarah must be ecstatic. Way to go.

  5. JDuncan said:

    Big congrats to the authors, and to you as well, Kristen. I’d heard at RWA national that demons were one of the ‘in’ elements these days, and low and behold you have proven that right. Perhaps I should work on that demon hunter story I have sitting around here.


  6. Anonymous said:

    There are many reasons for Kristin and her clients to be excited about these deals – congratulations! My favorite part of these sales is the fact they’re both debuts. It dispells the idea that agents don’t take on new writers, that editors aren’t looking for new voices.

  7. Southern Writer said:

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet … what a great title! What a great premise. I can’t wait to read it! When will it be released? Congratulations Jamie Ford!

  8. Jamie Ford said:

    Kudos to Kristin!

    I’m glad everyone likes the title. We went over dozens of alternatives. I think that was the second title I came up with. Around title #28, we went back to it. I’m glad we did! Kristin’s input in was pivotal.

    Release date is tentatively Spring/Summer 2009.

  9. Anonymous said:

    I’ve been reading Sarah’s writing for years through her blog. She’s beyond fantastic. You’re lucky to have her.

  10. Anonymous said:

    One question: how long until Sarah’s book can be shipped to Australia? I am obscenely excited, about this. I’ve been reading her blog for years, and just love her writings. Congrats!