So for the past couple of months, my posts have either been brief or nonexistent. That’s because, for the second straight spring semester, I’ve taught The Role of the Literary Agent to the terrific students at the NYU School for Professional Studies. It’s on Monday nights until 9, there are preps and grades and all manner of work that ended up crashing the party of my time. (Also the new puppy was—and is—insane, and I found myself on very long walks most evenings.) Oh yes, and the only thing more insane than #Layla is the election, which also heats up on Tuesdays.
So now the semester is over, the dog is (slightly) more manageable, and the election…well…no. And hey, as my dear friend and client and co-Dead Guy Jeff Cohen has pointed out more than once, this week has included Opening Day for baseball, where optimism reigns. So let’s think of this week as a new Opening Tuesday for this Dead Guy. I’m back, and I’m starting every seventh day.
Next week I’ll be in London for the London Book Fair (Interleague Play?), and that’s usually one of my favorite posts of the year. I’m totally jazzed up when I’m at the Fair—I love the experience of 15 meetings a day in a weirdly-configured convention center, followed by cocktails and socializing with people who are usually identified by email tone. I feel like I understand my job and industry much better. It’s funny, though: The first time I went to LBF I left kind of depressed—people seemed to be uncertain where the business was going. Last year, though, whether because I understood the lay of the land better or had more books to pitch or…something…I left feeling excited and optimistic.
And this year, for the first time, two members of HSG will be going, and the indomitable (and on a selling hot streak!) Danielle will be coming as well, now in her role of Foreign Rights Manager. And that’s the other thing about this year—and this time of year, when I often take stock of where we are as a company—we’ve grown. A couple of weeks ago, the insanely talented photographer Michael Soluri came to our office and took new photos for our website. He sent us our proofs today, and the group shot of the now SIX of us made me look twice. I said to my partner Carrie, “Hey, we look like a Firm all of a sudden.” And it’s true. And very cool.
So I look forward to the next several months, where I’ll be writing about publishing; some music, probably; the experience of seeing a child of mine look for, apply to, and (hopefully!) find a college to attend; and most likely some discussions of how people treat each other. That’s been on my mind lately, and I think it bears analysis. By the way, if there is anything you’d like to see from this blog in the coming weeks, please just let me know.
But in the meantime excuse me--#Layla needs to go for a #walk.