It's continues to be a busy, but positive, time of year.
I finally closed on a multi-book deal for a non-traditional series of books that I have been working on for over a year. This is the deal that I had to fly to Chicago for. I wanted my client to meet the people he would be partnering up with for the next few years. And that was certainly good advice, because now everyone really knows everyone. He not only got to meet his editor and the book's designer, but the special sales and marketing people, as well as the actual owner of the company. Win, win all around.
I've also had three meetings with another publisher in the past three weeks where I have been developing a series of books. Again, this is exciting, but very time consuming. But it is also opening doors for all my other clients as well.
I took these last two weeks to have lunches with some of my agent/editor colleagues, because it is important both professionally and personally to know what's going on in the agent part of the book world. It was great to see people I hadn't seen since the summer, and to hear that we are all extremely busy this year, so it's not just me.
And my clients continue to deliver proposal after proposal and book after book. I made a list of things to do over the weekend, thought I was finished by Sunday night, sat down to watch Desperate Housewives and checked email before I went to bed only to find a new partial, a proposal and a whole new, unexpected novel. So I was already late before I started the week.
And on top of that, my cousin got a new job in San Francisco that starts on Monday and decided to come to New York to shop for new work clothes, so I had a dinner for her Wednesday night with more relatives and went out to dinner tonight.
Tomorrow is a paper work and reading day and it couldn't have come at a better time.