May 11th, 2006

books

further up and further in

I've been having a less than pleasant week on a few other fronts, so I'm doubly appreciative of the good news that my clients have been receiving, and I'm feeling very privileged and well-rewarded to work with such talented people.

*Anne Bishop's SEBASTIAN is at #5 on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller List. And the paperback release of DREAMS MADE FLESH is also at #5 on the corresponding list.

*Jim Butcher's PROVEN GUILTY will be appearing on the New York Times Expanded List at #21! It's also on the USA Today List, and the paperback release of DEAD BEAT made it to that list as well. Those two books and the first Dresden novel - STORM FRONT - also are all on the Bookscan bestseller lists.

*C.E. Murphy's THUNDERBIRD FALLS got a full-color, back-cover ad all to itself on this month's Locus! (by the way... for those of you who are having a difficult time getting your hands on a copy of URBAN SHAMAN, it's been reprinted and should get back into the distribution system shortly and be up at Amazon and the like again... in the meantime, copies can be ordered directly from eHarlequin's site: here).

*Rob Thurman's NIGHTLIFE also made the best-seller lists at B&N/B. Dalton and Borders/Walden brick-n-mortar stores, the 4th and 5th slots on the mass market lists respectively.

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And a peculiar story from the small-world department from yesterday. I got a voicemail from a film production company asking for a review copy of one of the novels I represent, and when I phoned back to talk with the person and confirm details, they were very surprised that I had spelled their name correctly already. So, I said that my mother had a friend with the same last name. It's not a particularly common name apparently, so I was asked where my mother and her friend lived. This led to a conversation in which we discovered that the rep at the film company and I had attended the same high school, and there's every likelihood that she is related to my mother's friend (I couldn't remember her first name so the conclusion to the story has yet to be discovered).

And, now, lest we think a literary agent's life is too glamorous, I'm about to spend some time filing all the royalty statements I processed yesterday....