March 24th, 2006

books

milestone

Or at least it feels like a milestone this year. Early in the year, I reported a multitude (or maybe it was a fleet) of contracts landing on my desk. Since then I have been working on them non-stop in various stages. This morning I have reviewed a contract for an audio licensing deal and signed off on it. I think this is the first day this year in which I can report that there are no contracts on my desk awaiting review and negotiation. There are several in my pending file that I have not received FECs for, but there is nothing new. And, despite glancing suspiciously at my fax machine (whereby most contract drafts arrive), I may actually make it through this post with that still true. Of course, I've also closed three new deals this month (one for a Japanese translation, one for a German translation, and a two-book domestic deal), so it won't be long now.... Still, I can momentarily breathe a sigh of relief and then tackle the accounting...
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    determined determined
books

incoming RITA news

The day just got a whole lot brighter....

Today is the day when the RWA committee for the RITAs starts calling around to tell authors if they have made the finalist list. In the romance section of the blog-o-sphere, there's a lot of quite pensive sounding waiting going on. Well, the calls are starting to roll in and I am thrilled to announce that my client Shelley Bates is a finalist in the inspirational category for her book Pocketful of Pearls. I am especially chuffed about this as she was nominated and won(!!!) in the same category last year for the previous book in the series, Grounds to Believe. So, this is a wonderful recognition of her contribution to the genre. The full list hasn't been released as yet, so I don't know what her competition might be, or if there's even more to come. I am so thrilled for her, though, and plan on celebrating with her at the convention.