STATUS: If I hear that “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” song one more time…
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? ANOTHER YEAR HAS GONE BY by Celine Dion
Traditionally, December is the month where publishing starts to quiet down as editors get ready to be away for the holidays. Kind of like how August tends to be an unofficial slow down period that then picks up after Labor Day.
If it’s true this December, I certainly can’t tell yet. We close next week but we are working like there is no holiday around the corner. Sara just wrapped up a deal earlier in the week. I’m announcing on Pub Lunch a deal I closed recently. I’m in the middle of two other negotiations–one of which was out of the blue from a publisher who couldn’t offer earlier in the year but now is.
And lots of agents are obviously hard at work during this month as some fulls we’ve requested have gotten offers of representation–literally only days after receiving the actual manuscript.
So I would say it’s kind of like business as usual and probably will be right up until we close a week from tomorrow.