Thursday, May 28, 2009

Off to BEA

My first year working for Elaine, and I get to go to BookExpo America! I'm beyond thrilled. Everyone keeps talking about scaling back BEA, but somehow I'm sure I'll still feel a bit like Dorothy in Oz: seminars, foreign agents & galleys, oh my!

I'll be back next week with a full report. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer's begun

Summer has now officially started. It will be interesting to see if this one has the laid-back tone of prior summers, with publishing houses closing early on Fridays and publishers doing the Cape (or wherever else it is they go) in August. I’ve noticed over the last couple of years there’s been a bit less of that laid back attitude each year. Now that most houses have gone to e-readers and year-round telecommuting for their editors as well as videoconferencing for all kinds of meetings, it’s possible that those laid back days of summer are officially over.

One thing I’ve carried with me from childhood is a love of summer vacations. Having time to decompress, resting the weary brain cells, and getting back to the natural world are all things I find very renewing. Some people see each year’s end as a time of renewal. Not me, I see the summer as the time to rest and regroup and then you start over again with full force in the fall.

This past weekend was celebrated with a long hike along the C&O canal. Yes, we almost walked farther than poor Harry wanted to go until he found a stream for swimming and to cool off his weary paws. And, of course, there was the family picnic complete with my best baked beans and potato salad where we celebrated those who have served in the military.

I also celebrated by reading only two manuscripts and answering 25 or so queries this past weekend. In honor of the holiday I didn’t even turn on my computer on Monday. What a treat! Some days it feels good just to take a break – makes starting that short work week even easier.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Catching Up--Publishing '09

It's easy to get caught up in the gloom & doom of the publishing industry right now: the layoffs, the marketing & acquisition budget cuts, the increased pressure for bestsellers, etc. The list (as you know) goes on and on. But, there's good news! So far in 2009, we've seen the following publications here at the Agency:

February 1 - Diane Whiteside, Kisses Like a Devil: Available at Amazon, Borders or your local independent bookseller.

February 24 - Misty Evans, Witches Anonymous: Available through Samhain Publishing.

March 1 - Bettye Griffin, The People Next Door (mm. ed.): Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

March 3 - Gail Dayton, New Blood: Available at Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

March 17 - Misty Evans, I'd Rather Be in Paris: Available through Samhain Publishing.

April 1 - Marcia Preston, The Wind Comes Sweeping: Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

April 1 - Tawny Weber, Coming on Strong: Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

April 1 - Diane Whiteside, The Southern Devil (mm. ed.): Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

April 28 - Bettye Griffin, A New Kind of Bliss: Available at Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

May 1 - Tawny Weber, Going Down Hard: Available at Amazon, Borders, or your local indie.

More to come throughout the year!

We're Live!

Starting today, May 20th, 2009, the Elaine English Literary Agency is live in the blogosphere. We're looking forward to bringing you information about our agency and our authors and to enjoying a conversation about the ever-changing publishing industry. Here's to new directions!