I had a fun visit to Writers House when I was in New York the other day. In a dense warren of rooms winding through two adjacent old houses are some really great people, including my agent, Jodi Reamer.
A lot of good things happened when Resurrection hit all those Amazon bestseller lists this year. I mean, hitting the bestseller lists was obviously the main good thing, which is why I’m taking this convenient opportunity to mention it again. As a writer, you feel a whole lot better when your stories are being bought and read by thousands and thousands of people, rather than read reluctantly by a few close friends and relatives who are obligated to (but don’t always) say something nice to you. It doesn’t really have to be that way — the job is “writer,” not “seller of books,” but still I am pretty happy about selling books.
Great old building with offices tucked away in a rabbit warren.
Aside from the thrill of seeing Resurrection climbing up (and down, and then up again, and then, yes, down again) Amazon’s bestseller lists (I’m using way too many parentheses here — Jodi would definitely complain in the unlikely event that she ever used the Internet and saw this — but I would like to mention that Resurrection did briefly displace two Hunger Games books in the kindle store, during the absolute peak of HG rabid buying), it’s been fun hearing from people who’ve read the book and so great to watch all the nice reader reviews going up.
And to the few readers who didn’t give me a very nice review, I’d like to say that I’m still super happy you bought my book. Maybe it can double as a paperweight or doorstop or something. I guess you could write grocery lists in the margins, or use the pages to start a fire, or as toilet paper. (Don’t try this if you only bought the kindle version of the book. That would be an uncomfortable/expensive mistake.)
A kind of weird side effect of the book doing well was getting to talk to several really interesting agents who wanted to represent me. I had a terrific agent years ago, but we hadn’t worked together in a long while, and I decided to put myself back on the market (to make an odd and inappropriate dating reference out of this).
I spoke to some great people, but ultimately Jodi was the perfect fit. She represents a few #1 NY Times bestselling authors you may have heard of, like Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), John Green (The Fault in Our Stars — just selected as Time Magazine’s #1 fiction book in 2012), Ally Condie (Matched). This is shameless name dropping on my part, since I (a) don’t know any of them and (b) may be slapped with some sort of Cease and Desist order for using them to plug myself. But I’m doing it anyway.
Despite her amazing list of authors, she makes me feel like her only client when she’s talking to me. You can’t ask for more than that. Okay, you can ask for more than that, but this is still pretty good.
I’m thrilled to be represented by Jodi Reamer and I think she’s happy to have me as a client too — at least, I can’t think of any other reason she’d agree to do it.