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Beyond The Call Of Agent Duty

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STATUS: Yesterday, one blog commenter said they didn’t want to hear any more doom and gloom so in good news, I’ve done three deals in the past 2 weeks for already established clients. All six figure deals. That’s positive.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT from Grease soundtrack

Yesterday, my author Simone Elkeles flew into town to do some research for her next YA title that is going to be set in Boulder, Colorado (sequel to her wildly successful title Perfect Chemistry (almost 100,000 copies in print!).

She has never been to Boulder, Colorado and since she’s a big believer in experiencing what she plans to use in her books, here she is.

Well, little did I know that she also wanted to have her main character, Carlos, do white-water rafting in this new novel.

Yep, you can see where this is going. Who else is going to take her to go and do white-water rafting but her Colorado agent?

Hey, I never want to hear that I don’t go the distance for my authors.

So tomorrow morning bright and early (heading out at 5 a.m.) we are tackling the class III and IV rapids of the Arkansas river through Brown’s Canyon.

Don’t worry, it’s mandatory to wear life vests (not to mention Simone’s editor emailed and said her author had better be wearing one and I don’t want to upset her editor).

Hope to see y’all back here on Monday…

36 Responses

  1. DebraLSchubert said:

    Wow, Kristin, I’m impressed. It’s not every agent that would risk life and limb just to help an author research a book. Your dedication is priceless. I hope Simone realizes what a gem of an agent she has got! (I’m sure she does.)

    Have fun on the river!

  2. Jean Reidy said:

    You will have a blast. Just keep your head above water and wear a helmet in the event that you don’t (also helps prevent head wounds from the wild paddles of newbie, client rafters).

  3. Marie said:

    Haha, that’s awesome. 😀 Hope you guys have some wild times!! (The rapids in north Cali often contain long stretches of just paddling in calm waters, so it just becomes a lot of suntanning. 🙂 )

  4. Amber said:

    That’s remarkable. Not every agent would go that extra yard for her authors!

    Have fun, keep safe!

    (And congrats on your deals as well. 🙂 )

  5. Solvang Sherrie said:

    What a blast! Class III and IV rapids aren’t easy. I used to raft every summer on the south fork of the American River near Sacramento. You are such a cool agent! Have fun!

  6. The Decreed said:

    My former roommate is a guide for the white water rafting around there! He likes it intense, so, if you get a guy named Spencer, heads up.

  7. Mariana said:

    I must say that I’m also glad to hear some good news. I was getting gloomy myself.

    Do have a great time in the river. Of course you’ll come back safe! But not dry, lol. 😉

  8. Anonymous said:

    I’m so jealous! I’ve only been reading your blog a short while and you’ve been to England, Nyc, Washington, DC and now white water rafting! What a life.
    I’m thinking about giving up writing to become an agent – sounds like more fun!

  9. Anonymous said:

    I must admit, even if I seem like a beezy, I’m a little pissed since I have a novel set in Boulder County, Colorado…and I thought it was pretty original, because I don’t know of much books set in CO. But aw well, I suppose…

  10. Eika said:

    Relax. I’ve gone white water rafting every year since I was seven, and unlike most people, have never been in the water.

    One tip: keep your feet firmly wedged into the raft when you’re in the raft, as they’re the best way to STAY in; and if you fall out, keep your feet up, so they don’t get caught on anything and drag you underneath. Do that, and you’ll come through fine.

  11. Vacuum Queen said:

    Whoa…3 deals in two weeks, all over 6 figures. That’s more than positive, isn’t it? That’s sing a song, jump for joy, do a ditty, etc. It’s very cool. Go buy something fun now. 🙂

  12. J.T Wilbanks said:

    I think the economic depression is good for the country. Gets people to focus more on what really matters rather than devoting all their time to thinking about money. (Money is nice though.)

    Try to veer away from any large rocks while rafting, if the boat flips onto a rock the force of the impact can…well you know. And we really need nice agents like you in the world. (Makes a teenage novelest feel a little bit about the prospect of getting an agent.) 🙂

  13. Nathan said:

    Hmmm… white water rafting is totally not my thing. But for research? I truly wonder how far I’d ever go. It’s really cool that you took the time to help out a writer. Good job on your deal-closing these past two weeks. Hope you still have room for new clients 😉