Update on ICRS

I’ve spent the last several days at ICRS in Denver and like most everyone who attended, I’m exhausted! It’s just like any event where you’re “on” non-stop for 13 hours a day. While it can be a blast, it wears you out! I’ll spend the next few days compiling my notes from all my meetings and starting my follow up. A few of the projects I’m representing seemed to be pretty popular with the editors so I’m really excited about that. Hopefully I’ll be able to share news of some sales soon! I had my eye out for trends and was asking editors what they really wanted in new projects. A few things I noticed: – In fiction, regardless of genre, almost every editor told me they’re looking for strong female protagonists. This is...
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What is ICRS?

I’m spending most of this week preparing for my meetings at ICRS, so I thought I’d explain it to you in case you’re wondering. ICRS stands for International Christian Retail Show. If you’re familiar with BEA (Book Expo America), ICRS is a smaller version for the Christian publishing and retailing world. It’s a trade show, basically. The original purpose, like the original purpose of BEA, was to bring together publishers and booksellers. These trade shows eventually became large industry-wide events, bringing together people from all areas of publishing: publishers, authors, agents, booksellers, publicists, etc. There are parties, workshops, speakers, panels, readings, booksignings, and lots and lots (and LOTS) of meetings. So ICRS is next week, in Denver...
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ICRS Part Three: Tidbits from Editors

ICRS Part Three: Tidbits from Editors On the Saturday before ICRS officially began, I attended a gathering of published novelists. They had invited editors and agents to participate in panel discussions, and I knew the questions would be interesting, coming from multi-published authors.So, I sat on the agent panel along with Janet Grant, Steve Laube, Danielle Egan-Miller, Joanna Mackenzie, and Wendy Lawton. It started off great, with each of us telling who we are and what distinguishes us from the others. Of course I said I was different because I was the new agent on the block, actively seeking clients and hungry. After that we went immediately into the questions which were pretty complicated… generally having to do with the state of publishing in general, plus some of the more intricate contract issues, the expanding...
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ICRS Part Two: Publisher News

ICRS Part Two: Publisher News I thought you might be interested in a few specifics from my publisher meetings:Abdingdon Press (a Methodist house) is starting a new fiction line, headed by Barbara Scott (formerly of Zondervan). Their line will NOT be denominationally focused and they’ll be open to Catholic and Jewish themes/authors. They’ll be publishing mostly new authors to begin with and are looking for romance, historical, suspense and contemporary women’s with word counts in the 75-85k range. They’ll mostly take agented submissions but Barbara will also be at some writers’ conferences. (Brandilyn Collins did an in-depth post about Abingdon here.)Monarch Books, a division of Lion Hudson in the U.K., is aggressively pursuing American authors. They have terrific worldwide distribution, nice sales...
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Recovering from ICRS

Recovering from ICRS I’m back! Coming to you “live” from Colorado once again. I know dozens of people have already blogged about ICRS but honestly, when I got home I was SO exhausted and I am so buried with follow-up that I haven’t been able to even THINK about blogging. I’ve managed to get my thoughts together so I’ll talk about my impressions in three posts this week.This was my sixth ICRS (in my earlier years I went to the BEA, Frankfurt and London book fairs). But this was my best ICRS by far. I felt like I got a lot of important business done, far beyond the amorphous value of “networking,” connecting with old friends and making new ones. This was my first ICRS as an agent so it was my “official” face-to-face introduction to the editors and publishers (most...
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