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A Milestone

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STATUS: Some pretty great news today.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN by Cyndi Lauper

One of my agent friends is constantly chastising me for not taking a moment to celebrate when really big things happen at my agency.

For example, last week, we did a huge film deal and I barely broke stride. I have to admit, I didn’t even go out to a celebratory dinner or anything. I just kept my nose to the grindstone (in my defense, Bologna Book Fair is rapidly approaching—I have to be ready!)

But today, I really can’t just do that. Besides, I don’t want her to berate me again (and I know she’s reading this and will call me up).

Last week was big—no doubt. This week is a huge milestone for an agent and in truth, it doesn’t happen often so I really need to take a moment and acknowledge it so that’s what I’m going to do.

Today, I have two authors sitting on the New York Times Bestseller list at the same time.

Now, I’ve had one author with two books sitting on the NYT list at the same time but never two authors on at the same time.


Great. Now I’ve just raised the bar and I’ll have to do 3 authors on the list at the same time or 2 authors with 2 different books on the list at the same time…. Naw. I’m just going to enjoy this moment.

50 Responses

  1. Alli said:

    Every achievement, big or small, is worth a celebration (although the celebration should be super huge after the film deal and NYT Bestseller list!). Take a breath and enjoy the moment! Congrats to all involved.

  2. Stephanie McGee said:

    Congratulations to all! That’s a huge milestone. Definitely one to celebrate. So, how do you celebrate something like this? Dinner? Chocolate? Chocolate for dinner?

  3. Jen said:

    Who doesn’t love some Cyndi Lauper! The covers are fabulous for these two books, and I am all about sight as well as reading the back covers!

    Congrats on having two on the list… drat for having to make it so next time there is 3! LOL 🙂

  4. K. E. Carson said:

    Wow! That is impressive! Go out, treat yourself, have fun! You deserve it for working so hard.

    That’s amazing. Kudo to your superiour nose for sniffing out great books.

  5. K. E. Carson said:

    Wow! That is impressive! Go out, treat yourself, have fun! You deserve it for working so hard.

    That’s amazing. Kudo to your superiour nose for sniffing out great books.

  6. Marie Lu said:

    Wow, that’s *fabulous* news! I’m so excited that Heist Society has gotten a film deal–I saw stacks of it at my local bookstore and am going to pick it up soon. Congrats to both Jamie and Ally on hitting the NYT lists (again!), and to you for having 2 authors on the list at the same time!

  7. Eric Riback said:

    I admire your discipline. When most of us sales types close a big deal, we bring out the whiskey and take the rest of the day off. And EVERYBODY knows about the big deal. Those who we see earlier in the afternoon are better informed than those we see later.

  8. Julie said:

    I’m getting ready to order Heist Society on Amazon right now. I love Ally Carter! I wish it was summer already so we can find out what going on with Cammie and Zach!

  9. _*rachel*_ said:

    Sweet about the film deal! As I waited for the page to load, I was hoping it would be one of Ally Carter’s—I’ve been reading through the Gallagher books after seeing them on your agency site, and I love them!

  10. Stephanie Thornton said:

    Congratulations- that is a huge milestone! I’m thrilled Jamie’s book is doing so well- I loved it. In fact, I loved it so much I’m having my high school students read it in the spring!

  11. Wishwords said:

    Btw, just wanted to thank you for taking on Jamie Ford. “Hotel” has been a revelation for me on both the events covered in the book and in how an author can successfully write an important relationship plot line disguised by and enhanced by surrounding it with important historical events on a personal scale. What a beautiful story and talented author. Thank you for seeing that.

    And congrats on the NYT list!

  12. Hayden said:

    wow, congrats!

    in my former (very different) sales career, I could never figure out what was the right moment. It was an incredibly long sales cycle, and the money payout was typically even longer. Is it the signing? The implementation (for you, I’m guessing, the publishing?)

    but yes, this is undeniably a perfect moment to celebrate! So again, congrats!

  13. Jeff Baird said:

    Congratulations! I can’t help but feel how nice this should be for you. It has been a bitter sweet year starting in January with personal loss and in recent weeks a new assistant on the horizon. Before that, business statistics for 2009 out the roof!!!! I was reviewing the nasty comments by someone in reference to A few Good Men and either our ability or lack of ability to seek constructive criticism. WOW, what a roller coaster ride it must be for you!!! Kristin you really need to enjoy this. Two Authors, best sellers, film deal all of which…a credit to you at some point in the chain bigger or smaller. It only makes it worth it if you stop and enjoy it. Otherwise, it is just work and will take a real toll on you. Keep up the great work! Maybe it’s a sign to put on TWO ASSISTANTS!!!! Ha ha More skiing!!!

  14. Sarah said:

    Wow. Congrats! I just read the Hollywood Reporter piece about the upcoming film deal and it sounds really exciting. What a neat milestone in your career- both the film deal and the two authors on the NYT list. Well done!

  15. Stephanie said:

    Yea! Congratulations to you for your hard work, and to your authors for their hard work in writing their books. I’ve been pondering a new book to read until the book I am anticpating comes out next month, so I think I will go pick each of those up this weekend to show my support and give me something new to dive into! Thanks for sharing your achievements!

  16. Tawna Fenske said:

    Super huge congratulations, Kristin! (and to the authors as well, since I imagine they’re both over the moon).

    You ALL deserve to celebrate this. If you don’t, I’m afraid I’m going to have to drink enough celebratory champagne for everyond.


  17. Kelly Bryson said:

    I would like to formally volunteer to be NYT best selling author # 3. I just need a few more months to polish it;)
    Seriously, great work and congrats! And PS- I picked up ‘Soulless’ yesterday and intended to read it over the rest of the week but read it straight through, stopping only to pick up the kids from school.

  18. Pam Harris said:

    Congrats for the string of successes! They are all well-deserved. I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award. If you’d like to accept, please visit my blog. 🙂