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STATUS: Just another manic Monday. Can’t believe it’s 3 pm already.

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? BEMSHA SWING by Roy Haynes

Recently, I had something that has never happened to me before as an agent.

I had an editor ring up, out of the blue, to offer on a book that she had passed on 2 months previously. And she didn’t just offer for one book.

If the term “gaping fish” comes to mind, you won’t be far off in terms of how I looked when the call came in. I was so surprised that I think I even asked: “You’re calling to offer?” As if she were pulling my leg.

All my agent friends want to know how I made this happen.

I replied: “Uh, I answered the phone when it rang.”

And of course, the one thing everyone else wants to know is this: Why did the editor change her mind?

Tune in tomorrow…

39 Responses

  1. Sharon K. Mayhew said:

    Congratulations on the sale!

    Perhaps the manuscript storyline had been rolling around in her head, and she finally decided that if she couldn’t stop thinking about it it must be a good one. 🙂

    Happy Monday!

  2. Kelly Freestone said:

    Wow, I can’t believe it..that’s one book that’s meant to be published!
    Good luck with that, all.
    When the book comes out, you’ll have to let us know it was “The One” lol

  3. Remilda Graystone said:

    Wow. I can’t believe that happened. I’ve never heard of it happening before, at least. Congratulations to both you and the author!! Must be a great book.

  4. Robin said:

    I’m guessing that the story involved a giant oil spill, or the divorce of a long time political couple. 🙂

  5. Anonymous said:

    At this rate, I’ll have to create a new category for rating agents. 😉

    Dave Kuzminski, Editor
    Preditors & Editors ™

  6. Stuart said:

    “Tune in tomorrow… “
    Same blog time. Same blog channel.


    Tease. Like we’re not here everyday regardless?

  7. Jeff Baird said:

    Ok…I’m a rookie but could it possibly have anything to do with an agent with several books at one time on the NY Best seller list? If you’re a betting person going with a proven track record sounds like wisdom to me!

  8. Anonymous said:

    Editor changed her mind because..
    a) She had been on the fence about it, but couldn’t stop thinking about the book even after she passed.
    b) Someone whose opinion she respects told her that type of book was going to be the next BIG thing.
    c) She passed because she couldn’t get buy approval from editorial board. A superior who had veto power quit or retired to Tahiti.
    d)She suddenly got more money in her budget.
    Any of the above????