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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Is Jonathan Franzen Right?

Are e-books damaging society? I’ve been thinking a lot about the piece that appeared in the Telegraph this week citing Franzen’s hatred of e-books.
I was fully prepared to be annoyed by the article when I read the headline. While I’m not fatalistic enough to link the downward trajectory of society to e-books (or at least [...]

10 Comments » - Posted in Sweet Nonsense by Danielle

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011


Today is the official release day my client Sarah Tregay’s debut novel-in-verse, LOVE & LEFTOVERS (Katherine Tegen Books).
I didn’t experience manuscript love at first sight until I read an early draft of LOVE & LEFTOVERS. When it came in on submission, I stayed up all night reading it, elbowing my husband awake and reading him [...]

1 Comment » - Posted in Announcements/Agency Biz, Books We Love by Danielle

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Friday Inspiration

I read a lot of queries this week–about one hundred. I sent a lot of rejections this week–about ninety-something (I requested four manuscripts).
Getting rejections is never easy (remember: I get them, too!). Sending rejections isn’t easy, either. But when I pass on your project and tell you to keep writing, I mean it. The passage [...]

6 Comments » - Posted in Inspiration, On Writing, Sweet Nonsense by Danielle

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Amazon Publishing. What Does it Mean to You?

So. The new Amazon publishing program.
Lots of folks are taking about this article in the New York Times.
I can see why it’s a very exciting prospect for new writers, or for writers with a lot of talent who have had trouble getting their work noticed under the more traditional model. Heck, it’s obviously exciting for [...]

7 Comments » - Posted in Uncategorized by Danielle

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray

Do you love oysters? Do you love cooking? Then you’ll love the fantastic new memoir from Upstart Crow client Erin Byers Murray!
SHUCKED: LIFE ON A NEW ENGLAND OYSTER FARM (St. Martin’s Press) is now available from your favorite book retailers. Murray chronicles her experience with the crew at Island Creek Oysters, where she learned the [...]

No Comments » - Posted in Announcements/Agency Biz, Books We Love by Danielle

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

A Sweet Read

Happy Release Day to the wonderful Christina Mandelski, whose debut novel, THE SWEETEST THING, is officially on sale today from Egmont USA.
A bit about the novel:
In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she’s decorating a cake. Unfortunately, everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his [...]

No Comments » - Posted in Announcements/Agency Biz, Books We Love by Danielle

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Fantastic Article: Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

A great article to add to your weekend reading pile: An interview in Poets & Writers, in which Gabriel Cohen talks to John B. Thompson about this book (titled Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century) and his views of the publishing industry today.
The article touches on everything from technology to chain [...]

3 Comments » - Posted in The Industry by Danielle

Monday, January 31st, 2011

On Queries

I have to be honest: I always breathe a huge sigh of relief when we close our query lines in December. Finally, I think, a chance to catch up! But after a couple of weeks in a query-less world, I get twitchy with anticipation and anxious to dig in once again. Thus, I always approach [...]

14 Comments » - Posted in Choosing an Agent/Submitting, The Industry by Danielle

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Mother. Write. (Repeat.) Interview today.

Looking for a little light reading/book chat/way to procrastinate whatever tasks are on your to-do list today? Head on over to the excellent Mother.Write. (Repeat.) blog, where I’ll be answering reader questions about all things books until 5pm. today.

No Comments » - Posted in Choosing an Agent/Submitting, On Writing, The Industry, The Rules by Danielle

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Why Revisions Matter (Or: Giving Editors A Reason to Say Yes)

I’m currently in the process of finishing up intensive manuscript revisions with several of my clients. And since I’m a total geek, I think it’s a whole lotta fun. But I’m not so sure my clients agree with me, at least not at this particular moment in time.
Giving editorial advice and doing revisions with clients [...]

16 Comments » - Posted in On Writing by Danielle