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Friday Funnies

STATUS: Time to dive into the day.

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? WHATAYA WANT FROM ME by Adam Lambert

I’m so unhip, I’m just now discovering the totally hip video book reviewer Ron Charles for the Washington Post. Absolutely hilarious!

Enjoy! And be sure to check out his other video reviews.

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Gone Fishin’

STATUS: I wish. Home sick today. Again. Sorry about the blog silence.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? Nothing at the moment.

Yes, this nasty crud is going on 11 days now. I talked with my doctor this morning and she said that this bad cold is lasting from 2 to 3 weeks with the sufferer occasionally feeling better only to be smacked down worse the next day.

Great. So I think I’m mending and it’s just misdirection.

This also means I have, on average, another 4 to 10 days to enjoy this crud. Shoot me now!

I do hope to be back in the office tomorrow…

Upgrade Complete. Foibles Remain.

STATUS: TGIF! Ack. Computers.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO by Louis Armstrong

My aplogies. The upgrade was fairly seamless but invariably, something doesn’t work properly or has gotten messed up. I’ve spent most of this afternoon trying to nail down all the fixes so Monday can be a normal work day. [snort]

I’m a little too exhausted to try and form coherent sentences for a blog entry today. Let’s hope I’m back in fighting form on Monday. Thanks for your patience.

Pulling A Part-Nighter

STATUS: It’s after midnight so I’m very ready to go to sleep.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? JACKSON by Johnny Cash

It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while, I’ll pull a late night to push through to the end of a client edit. However, since my brain is now feeling a bit fuzzy, I’ll wait until the clarity of morning (and a nice chai latte) to actual put words to paper for my revision suggestions. Luckily for me, this is the second look at this particular manuscript and the client did a mighty fine job on the revision so we are really just looking at tweaking.

As most agents will tell you, the only time we get a chance to read (uninterrupted) is after office hours. In fact, I never do reading while at the office. There are just too many normal daily issues that need attending to. April/October is our busiest royalty period so a lot of statements are coming in just about every day. That along with current submissions, an issue with an upcoming release, cover discussions, getting ready for Frankfurt, there just aren’t enough hours in the day it seems.

Tomorrow evening is already spoken for with the Colorado Book Awards. Wish Kim Reid luck as her memoir NO PLACE SAFE is in the running.

Chutney has now tucked her head under my knee so that’s the biggest sign that it’s time to call it a day (or should I say, a night?)

Private Arrangements Book Trailer

STATUS: Just a heads up that tomorrow morning I head to Salt Lake City for the World Horror Conference so I can’t promise I’ll blog on Thursday and Friday. I’ll try though.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? STAR 69 by R.E.M

Last year when the book THE MANNY hit shelves, there was a fun book trailer floating around blogs and easily spotted on youtube. If I could embed the link through the youtube site, I would but since I can’t figure that out, I’ll just add it here:

I have to say this trailer was uproariously funny. I watched it several times and laughed heartily with each viewing but ultimately, I didn’t buy the book.

There in lies the rub. Book trailers can be great, fun, and generate buzz but do they sell books? That’s the million dollar question. If we could accurately measure the books sales generated by a trailer then that would help quantify whether it has a positive impact or not.

But ultimately it can’t hurt book sales so if you are creative, or have the dinero to hire professionals to make one, I say go for it.

Especially when the trailer is clever or quite funny as that in and of itself might get the link spread around. With that in mind, I give a huge thumbs up to Sherry Thomas’s new book trailer for her debut PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, which just hit shelves yesterday for all you historical romance readers that have been eagerly awaiting the release.

I laughed outright while watching. No stuffy trailer here. Enjoy and let me know if it encourages you to buy the book. If it doesn’t, well….

Dreams Can Come True

STATUS: I’ve got another submission going out this week. Pretty soon I’ll be done for the holiday season.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? I PUT A SPELL ON YOU by Bryan Ferry

Sometimes a video comes along and you just realize that anything is possible—especially in publishing when all you ever seem to hear is NO.

And this video I’m going to share doesn’t actually have anything to do with publishing but it does have to do with dreams so I wanted to share. I actually cried when I watched it so Kleenex alert.

And if you want to know more about the career this moment launched, here’s a link:

Spam Me Baby One More Time

STATUS: Still working on a contract and reading some new client proposals. Fun.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? BEATS SO LONELY by Charlie Sexton

Must be the day for the spam kings. I read about this Blogger issue at Media Bistro.

Blogger Attacked by Hackers Posting Fake Entries (BBC)Google’s Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs. The fake entries contain weblinks that lead to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC. Infected computers are being hijacked by the gang behind the attacks and either mined for saleable data or used for other attacks.

I’m almost afraid to provide the link to the full article but if you want to take that chance, here it is.

Also, I had gotten an email from a client asking me to link to her at a site called QUECHUP. Good thing I didn’t have time to do anything about it this morning because it too is a spam scam.

I was chatting via email with an industry friend who had asked me to be linked with him via LinkedIn (which is a legitimate site). He warned me about QUECHUP. It turns out that what that outfit does is simply email everyone in a registrant’s address book automatically, without asking if they’d like to do that.

A quick email to the client verified that that was indeed true. And let me tell you, the email you get looks pretty real so watch out for it.

And last but not least, I have a public announcement for any LA authors who are interested in learning more about publicity etc. Several of my clients have worked with Bella Stander so I can recommend her. The line up looks pretty good as well.

Los Angeles — September 29 The Orlando Hotel,
West 3rd St.9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class limited to 8
Price: $495; includes lunch at La Terza restaurant plus 1-hour follow-up phone consultation.
Registration deadline: Sept. 10

Guest Speakers:
Sally Nemeth, author of The Heights, the Depths, and Everything In Between
Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
Jane Marla Robbins, reading coach, actress & author of Acting Techniques for Everyday Life
Kevin Smokler, editor of BOOKMARK NOW: Writing in Unreaderly Times; cofounder,

Guest Publicists:
Megan Underwood Beatie, West Coast publicity director, Goldberg McDuffie Communications
Kim Dower, Kim-from-L.A. Literary & Media Services

Bonus: Wine & cheese poolside chat with guest authors after the workshop.

TO REGISTERSend email to with subject LA Workshop. Please include the following information:
1) Your name.
2) How you heard about Book Promotion 101.
3) Your literary agent’s name.
4) Book title(s), publisher, publication date (include month if published 2006-07). 5) A one-sentence description of your most recent book.

Example: OLIVER TWIST (Penguin Classics, 1998). In 19th century London, a runaway orphan boy is taken in by a gang of young pickpockets directed by a scheming miser.

I will respond with payment directions & homework assignment.