Welcome to the week (ok, one day!) that was!
After a month long pet parade (and that was a lot of fun to do!) the blog resumed just in time to host a flash fiction contest! All of one day in this week, but it was a comment filled day, so there is grist for the WIR.
I should mention that I'm not sure how long I'll be able to keep up the WIR posts. This new job is taking up a lot of time (it is after all, a job!) and that time is in addition to agenting. I do love the WIR and I know y'all do too, so let's keep our fingers crossed.
How far is the new office from your apartment? 11 blocks is a long NYC walk!
I live in Brooklyn, in the parish of Most Holy Trinity, the church where Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) was baptized. I take the L train into Manhattan then change to the uptown M train to 42nd Street. On nice days, I walk to the M-train stop near my apt (about ten blocks) then take the M all the way into Manhattan.
My old office was on 29th and Sixth Ave. The new office is at 40th and Sixth. It's the same commute for me, but just one additional stop. On a good day, 30 minutes. On a normal day, closer to 45. And some days, well, here's a photo of what happens when there's a problem on the MTA.
11 north south blocks are just a bit over half a mile, so not all that much of a hike...unless you're dragging 100 pounds of books behind you of course!
And Terri Lynn Coop said
Wish I'd been there to help you with the transit-system move.
Geeze, me too!
We could have sold film rights!
Jennifer R. Donohue asked
(though it does seem like you're near the kitchen, if that's a fridge I spy?)
Yup, and it dispenses ice cubes and water, which has been a lovely luxury these last hot weeks of summer.
Susan asked, (and was echoed by John Davis [manuscript] Frain:
Where's your glorious pen collection?
At home. Soon to be coming back to the office, but it's a slow process to get everything back in place. I took a lot of stuff home because for some months, early in 2016, I thought I'd be working from my home in Brooklyn. (You'll notice FPLM has a new address.) I'd started taking non-essentials (posters, extra pens etc) home in my rucksack every night. Now that I'm not working from home, I have to bring it all back, and it's been a slow process.
When I thought I'd be working from home, I also thought I wouldn't need a full bar and had asked my boon companion in whisky swilling Brooks Sherman if he'd take some of the bottles off my hands. When it turned out I did NOT need him to do so, he had to lie down for a week with a cold compress on his brow, such was his weeping and wailing.
Okay, so here's the big question...when does the painting begin?
NEVER! For starters, I'd have to take everything out of the office, which would mean putting it someplace else, and there just isn't a lot of ELSE here to put stuff in. Second, it would disrupt work and I'm barely up to speed as it is. Third, the building has a fleet of handsome maintenance men who view this place as their domain and they come to do things like pound in nails or paint.
If the place needs painting (like in five years) I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
In the meantime, I'm getting my daily dose of paint fumes at home because The Apartment Painting Is Not Done.
So I was checking out New Leaf website, you know for query guidelines and well... Say someone wanted to query you, are these the guidelines? Because that subject line for that query is going to be long
Query, Her Imperial Majesty, Janet Reid, Attack Shark and Queen of the Known Universe, Dino Erotica in Haiku
I'm asking for a friend. Naturally.
Just to make it easy, you can still query me at JetReidLiterary (the gmail address) with Query: Title in the subject line.
I'm still getting used to the group query system.
Craig F asked
is there to be a moratorium on discussing NORMANS now that you are at an Agency that advocates them?
Oof. Yup, that's gonna be a sticky wicket considering how vocal I've been on the topic.
However, since I am the Director of Literary Services here, I'm actually in a position to change that. Of course, effective management means you don't just announce "ok, agents, here's how we're doing it from now on" so it's going to be a process. Stay tuned!
Jerrianne Hayslett asked:
(Is there a story behind the checkered flag?)
Yes! That's a victory flag from one of client Steve Ulfelder's car racing victories. He sent it to me when I said I'd love to have one to wave in my office!
Angelica R. Jackson said
Ooo, ooo, what about this fabric for curtains? It comes in several weights and in cotton, silk, etc
Zounds! I ordered a test square immediately! They print to order so it's nine biz days to wait, dang it. Thank you!!
Dena Pawling asked:
My question for you – You have Lair written twice, both with capital letters. Did you have to backspace over the final “d” both times?
Just a quick reminder you can pre-order the new collection (lauded as one of the best of the coming Fall season by PW!) here
Claire Bowbrow said:
Your new office looks wonderful, but it seems to be missing a cat tree in the corner :-)
The Duchess of Yowl would not deign to visit a workplace. She might (MIGHT) wave a languorous paw at the building from her chauffer driven car as she returns to her aerie, assuming she's looking out the west side window, and not rummaging in the food hamper for snacks at the time.
Catherine Viglioni said:
Mystery eggs in the bucket--well worth the rigorous move.
ahhh…my projectiles. I used to throw things at minions back in my digs on 35th Street. When we moved to 29th Street ALL my projectiles disappeared. Mysteriously. Minions had canary eating smiles on their little faces.
One day, after I got up here to 40th Street, I was yapping on the phone with an editor, in a pretty intense phone call, and some of my colleagues were by the refrigerator talking to each other. I couldn't reach my door to close it, so I threw something at the nearest person to get their attention. It might have been a koala.
Sufficient unto the day, the pail of furry snowballs appeared in my office the next day with strict instructions to throw these if I needed to, not koalas.
and Joseph Snoe asked the $64,000 question
Does your new job mean you are curtailing your agent activities?
No, not at all.
One of the things I'm tasked with here is developing the adult fiction and non-fiction categories. New Leaf is a category leader in YA, mg and picture books, and intends to stay that way. Joanna Volpe is no slouch when it comes to business acumen however, and realizes that being strong in other categories is a sound business move. I am delighted to be able to offer the wealth of author support and talent here to prospective clients suited to my list.
and DLM just made my sharkly heart warm with delight::
Elise, I want to thank you here and publicly, because YOU are responsible for my breakthrough yesterday. I read the blogs here, clicking on everyone's IDs to see what they have to say (though Google's popups of late are stopping me dead in my tracks; I'm just closing out of that, so for those of you whose profiles go straight to the Google ID, something to think about). Anyway, your blog in particular has been about your recent burst of productivity, and I have to admit rather a long period now of *not* working on my wip. It's really not a WIP if you're neither "working" nor "in progress", though ...
So I opened it. I stared it down. And something happened. I blame you. :) And am immensely grateful. You got me over the very greatest hurdle.
And THAT, ladies and gents, is what this community does.
Contest results on Monday.
Blog posts resume Tuesday.
Can't WAIT to get started!
Writing doesn't pay any bills (yet) but it certainly isn't just a hobby. --Andrea