Happy Holidays etc.
First off, Happy Holidays to all. Hope you and yours are warm, safe, and if not together in body, than in spirit.
A couple of interesting tidbits came across my computer this week. The first is an item being offered on E-bay
for an honest-to-God 19th century vampire killing kit. Includes, among other things, a wooden hammer, four stakes, garlic, incense, a "secret" potion and, of course, a wooden cross. It is believed to have been put together by a Romanian monk from Transylvania sometime between 1835-1845. Bidding closes today so if you haven't yet found my perfect Christmas present, this will do nicely. Thanks to Mario for sharing this.
Next, some book stuff. These are from Kirsten Nelson's
blog (she's a Denver agent and sold 21 books this year). She says: for 2006 she read and responded to 20,800
queries. Of that number, she requested and read 54
full manuscripts. The number of new clients accepted: 8
. Getting an agent is a little like getting hit by lightening. The odds are stacked against you. My point, of course, is not to be discouraging, but rather to congratulate any writer who manages to beat those odds and lives to tell about it.
Last, an article about reviews. This
was from a loop I'm on and I think it's funny because--well, you read it and tell me. The name of the article is: Reviewer slams book that was never written. Most of us have trouble getting books we have
written reviewed. Go figure!
Best of all good things to you out there. Thanks for tuning in.