Many of you already know that since the beginning of the year I have been working as a literary agent. I have already signed two authors whose books I am incredibly excited about. I am equally excited to tell you that I am now with the smart, savvy, and fabulous new agency Foreword Literary. For the full details, you can check out the press release and theseblogposts.
Basically, though, we’re a full-service agency who wants to bridge the gap between traditional literary agents and the possibilities of the tech world, including our new service FastForeword.
I’m absolutely thrilled about this new development and am aggressively looking to build my list in historical fiction, literary fiction, and upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. If you have a manuscript that might qualify please check out my submission guidelines.
We’re just going to pretend I didn’t spend a long time being excited about the fact that you can multiple the date (4) and the number of the month (3) together to get the two-digit representation of the year (12).
So, I’ve been on Pinterest for a couple of months now, mostly for recipes and house design ideas (plus baby stuff – we found out we’re having girls!) – and I have invitations if anyone needs one. Until Thursday, I really didn’t have any bookish pins at all, but I finally decided to go ahead and create a board that showcases the books I’m loving in 2012 (note: just like my ‘best of’ lists, books are eligible if they are reviewed in 2012, some may have been read in late 2011). On Friday I also added a board of amazing audiobooks, which so far contains my 2011 and 2012 favorites, but which will be expanded over the next few weeks to include beloved audiobooks from years past. I know for a fact I don’t want to pin all of my reviews, because Pinterest seems to me to be very much about curation, but I’m not sure what else I might do with it. I’m contemplating ‘best of’ boards as a different way to showcase my 2010 and 2011 ‘best of’ lists, but those would obviously not be ongoing projects. Anything in particular you’d like to see?
As I mentioned briefly above, the exciting news this week is that we found out that our twins are girls! Daniel is not really thrilled – apparently he wanted brothers, not sisters – but we’re happy, and also just happy to know. Now my mother and sister can start spending way too much money buying cute things =)
Actually, this was just a huge week of excitingness. The other major accomplishment this week was getting totally caught up on book reviews before February ended. Of course, I now have a few to write again, because much of my reading for this week was done Thursday or later, once I’d completed all the writing and I finished a couple more books. Still, 3 reviews to write is better than 18 from a couple of weeks ago.
Here’s what I finished this week:
Yes, I did read 2 different books called Sister Queens/The Sister Queens, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping them differentiated. Apart from the format difference (print vs. audio), they were about different sets of sisters living about 300 years apart and one was fiction and the other nonfiction. Both reviews should be coming this month.
As far as reviews, it was a so-so week. A couple of books I really enjoyed, sandwiched between a couple I liked less than everyone else seemed to. I also posted my February reading wrap-up, so if you’re wondering what my pick of the month is, go check it out! What I reviewed:
Lately it has seemed as if half of all book bloggers (and quite a few authors) are either pregnant, or have had babies. An astonishing number of people seem to be due in April or May (seriously, what was in the water last fall?). With my son turning two and 1/2 at Christmas, it was time for us to think about our next baby as well, and it turns out that the baby will be arriving this summer, due July 23rd.
Funny story, though. The baby actually won’t be coming by his or herself. We went to our first doctor’s appointment and got a nice ultrasound picture of the baby. Then, a few weeks later, we went to our second appointment and had another ultrasound. The doctor appeared concerned or confused – which, by the way, is NOT how you want your doctor to look AT ANY TIME – and kept searching around with the ultrasound machine. Finally, she looked at us and said with surprise, “there’s two people in there!”
And then our jaws dropped so hard that we banged them on the ground.
So, yes, twins. Identical twins, actually.
Okay, this isn't actually twins, it is just two pictures stuck together of Daniel as an infant
Needless to say, this sped up our “we probably need a house now” timeline. One baby we might have been able to squeeze in, but two not so much, plus twins tend to come earlier than single babies. Luckily, we had an appointment to look at a house just a few hours after we went to the doctor and happened to love the location, potential, and price of what we saw. We should be putting in an offer soon, which will hopefully mean that we can end up being in the house before I’m ready to pop.
So, between that, our mini-move, and the heater drama that ensued Sunday – Tuesday (the heater went OUT right after we moved in, and the repair company had issues getting the right part), we’ve had an exciting week, to say the least.
So we’re basically just having a great week+ here. The weather has (finally) been gorgeous, hubby started a new job that he’s really excited about, and Daniel got to spend lots of time with various grandparents, including a day and 1/2 while hubby and I took a trip downtown to celebrate our upcoming anniversary.
This week Nicole and I also posted a new episode of our podcast, What’s Old is New. Check back there next week for a Season 1 wrap up and a sneak preview of what will be coming up next season.
My reading week was higher in quality than quantity, but it was a good one nonetheless. I’ve still got a couple of good books going, too, and more good stuff coming up.