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05 June 2009 @ 05:45 pm
best agent ever :)  

Harlequin has launched a new teen line which I promptly got all jealous that I wasn’t writing for, and equally promptly came up with a Walker Papers spin-off series I /could/ write for it.

So I emailed Jenn, who is under strict orders to not let me over-commit, and said, “This is the part where you tell me I really, really *really* don’t need to put together a pitch for a YA trilogy.”

She wrote back and said, “Actually, this is the part where I tell you that sounds like so much fun, but then dutifully remind you of your current contract commitments and your resolution to slow down to a “normal” pace,” and very helpfully listed my current commitments and suggested I write up any future projects, “to see if this is a realistic pursuit. You’ll have to convince me that’s the case before I’ll make any such submission. *g*”

I really do have the best agent ever. :)

Current deliveries:
10/31/2009 - Wayfinder
11/30/2009 - Janx short story
5/1/2010 - Walker #6

Walker #5 (pending)

Future, pretty likely:
Walker Papers 7-9 (deadlines every May 1 for 2011-13)
Inheritors’ Cycle 3-5 (deadlines late in the year. Call it December 1, for 2010-12)

Future, hopeful:
Chance graphic novel #2
“Mia” graphic novel–manga story about a girl and her dragon

I clearly need a second me.

miles to Minas Tirith: 336.3
ytd wordcount: 179,000

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on June 5th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm still in awe at the speed of that response...

(and as soon as you figure out that mini-me thing, let a pal know, huh?)
kitmizkit on June 5th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
If I figure it out I'll be happy to give you the secret, and then you and I can go live on a beach in Hawai'i with Kate and make our clones do all the work. :)
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dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on June 5th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need to start taking on co-authors so you can share the pain. And so your fans can read your work at a faster rate.

T.M. Thomastmthomas on June 5th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
i was thinking she ought to license out the idea to some up-and-comers.
kitmizkit on June 5th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
No. To both ideas. :)
taerintaerin on June 5th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I am beyond delighted to hear that there are five more Walker books coming. :-D

I've been making everyone I know read the ones that are out already.
kitmizkit on June 5th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Well, 6 more planned (in total, including this fall's release), 3 more contracted for. :) WALKING DEAD is out in September, DEMON HUNTS is out in June 2010, book 6 is out...sometime after that, and hopefully there will be a contract for books 7-9. :)
Laura Anne Gilman: blood from stonesuricattus on June 5th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
be careful what you wish for, says she who is working on #8 (extended series, but still). The sheer mass of Sh*t to Keep Track Of...
kit: walkerpapersmizkit on June 6th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Well, I always *planned* for the Walker Papers to have 9 books...
Lady Doomlithera on June 5th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)

St. Sean the Amusedseanb on June 5th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)

I'm particularly interested in the Janx story, of course.
Wolf Lahti: Polarwolflahti on June 5th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Where/How did you find your agent?
kitmizkit on June 5th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
My agent is arcaedia/Jennifer Jackson. I found her because she also represents my friend Jim Butcher, and he liked her very much, so when I sold my first book I more or less called up the DMLA and said, "Would you be interested in looking at my book and seeing if you'd like to represent me?" and she said yes, and then yes again after she'd read my stuff. :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 5th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Harlequin has launched a new teen line

I looked on their website and didnt see it.. but, it does sound cool.

There was that old Twilight Zone eppie (or another horror anthology show) that had the writer hooked to the typewriter and it wrote and wrote and wrote ... with todays modern technology, you would have a wireless implant....
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
It's at Harlequin Teen, and I mis-spoke in saying it's /been/ launched; it's *being* launched in a few months. Right now there's not much content at the site. :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 6th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
much ta, will keep an eye out for it.
Harold Zablehzatz on June 5th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
So... if there *were* two of you, do you think you'd be satisfied with the same total output as one of you? I don't... :-)
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
it's possible you're entirely correct. OTOH, maybe it'd just mean I got as much writing done as I wanted *and* had time for other things...? *hopeful*? :)
kehazenkehazen on June 5th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
I second the idea of you needing a clone. With my love of the Walker Papers and my love of YA, I'm guessing there's about a 98% chance that I'd love a spin off. Maybe years down the road when your schedule opens up some? Of course you'll probably think of an even better idea for something else between now and then. That's the problem with writing, always too many fun ideas that there's never enough time to get to.
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Actually I think my problem with writing is I keep signing contracts to /do/ all the fun ideas I think of... :)
wednesday childewedschilde on June 5th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Amandatreehugginhippy on June 6th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Yes, there must be more Walker Papers. The second the summer hits, and I'm not working 15 hour days, I'm going to be rereading all my Walker Papers and next year's students will have to deal with papers being handed back late in September when I get the new one!

Seriously, can I just say that I am very glad you're as prolific as you are? I've had to classify the Walker papers as one book in my top 5 faves or there'd only be room left for White Oleander and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest.

And hey -- I teach 14-15 year olds, so I'm always up for reading more YA lit!
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
My God, that's some rarified company you've got me in there. Thank you. :)
Amandatreehugginhippy on June 6th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
The top five are books that have, in some way, emotionally changed me or smacked my soul really hard. I've been into Wicca/Buddhism since I was 16 (am 28 now), but after I happened to pick up Urban Shaman because the concept sounded cool, I started researching Shamanism, and haven't looked back. It so happened that my husband's ex-coven was running Shaman Classes a few weeks later. It actually changed the focus of my spirituality :) (BTW, I lent THAT Shaman the first book and haven't seen it since -- had to buy another one for myself :))

Frankly, it's just really really rare to find an author of "popular" fiction who really puts time and effort into both ideas and research. What I learned in Shaman classes, and in my subsequent reading and my own journeying, is smack-dab set with what's in your books. Too many times I've seen supernatural authors bend or break the "rules"/conventions/whatever you want to call them, for the sake of plot -- but you made those things WORK in your plot. I've seen other authors do it, but never consistently.

Don't worry, I'm not some stalker fangirl, but I am, as Stephen King would put it, a Constant Reader -- because I've read so much crap, it's really terrific to find an author that isn't -- and who's also accessible so I can TELL her that :)

Okay, going away now before I scare you!
kit: walkerpapers_petitemizkit on June 6th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
*laughs*! I'm not scared, just delighted. I've spent a lot of time researching shamanism, so I'm very pleased to hear the books work within what you've learned.

The truth is, when I started writing these books I genuinely expected I would end up saying, "Look, it's just a book, it's fiction, I'm not pretending this is accurate," but instead I've had a surprising number of people take the trouble to tell me how /right/ I got it. I'm pretty proud of that, really. And, as I said, delighted. :)
Brian: panda bouncinglogrusboy on June 6th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow. Just wow.