Back to Work!

After a summer of traveling and non-work related reading (I did read The Underground Railroad, When Breath Becomes Air and A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan), it’s back to school and work. Fall is my favorite season, so the end of summer doesn’t sting so badly.

I think of this time in many ways as the beginning of the year, perhaps even moreso than January. The crisp air of autumn fills me with excitement and reminds me of walking to class at the start of the school year. There are so many great new Unter Agency books coming out this fall. See the News on this site and feel the autumn vibes.

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Ah, Summer…

Summertime! Time for the beach, pool, vacations, hammocks and …catching up on submissions. It’s very hard to get caught up on my reading when there’s so much else going on with my clients and my outside-of-work life, so I like to spend July and August reading what I couldn’t get to in June.

Additionally, though, it wouldn’t be summer without reading actual published books, crazy as that may seem! I just bought The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and am very excited to dig in. I’ve been anxious to read this one for a long time. Also on my list: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht, and You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Changing Face of Book Expo

I recently attended BEA (Book Expo America) and it was somewhat disconcerting.  While it was crowded with lots of people bustling about, the air of excitement was missing.  At least was for me, and I talked to a number of other publishing colleagues who agreed.

I also attended some parties that were a bit lackluster.  Parties? Lackluster? Those words shouldn’t be in the same sentence.  But, here we were, at a blah BEA. Some people attribute it to the missing BIG book of the year.  There is nothing that is grabbing everyone’s attention. Others attribute it to the rise of BookCon and the focus on fans, and notably those who have them.  

I haven’t attended BookCon yet, maybe it’s time that I try that out.  That may be where the action is. What do you think? Send me a comment on twitter at @jenniferunter!