Monday, August 25, 2008

Good News, Monday!

So I got some good news last week.

First off, I found out that the paperback version of The Department went back to press for its second printing! It evidently happened a while ago, and I'm just finding out now, but hey, I'll take good news whenever it happens!


Second of all, I got my copy of the latest issue of Hallmark magazine, and Time of My Life is featured as a "must-read." In fact, they call it, "A fantastic, often funny novel," and let's be honest, anytime that someone deems your work "fantastic," you're pretty freaking happy about it.

Also, I wanted to give a shout out to Therese Walsh, whose book deal (made by my fabu agent, Elisabeth Weed) was written up by Liz Smith in the NY Post!! Whoohoo! Teri's situation and deal are just one more example of why it pays to befriend, not compete, with fellow writers. A few years ago, she approached me about becoming a contributor to Writer Unboxed, and I was flattered at her request (and knew that it would help boost my visibility before the release of my debut novel). A few months ago, when she'd completed her first novel, she asked for an agent referral, and I was more than happy to help her out by referring her to mine. Voila - a "major deal" as reported by Publishers Marketplace.

I've said it a dozen times here before but I'll reiterate: we are not in competition with each other, we should simply be in competition with ourselves to be the best possible writers we can each be. I am thrilled for Teri; I'm thrilled for my agent, and yeah, let's also be honest: their success is also mine, as the more established my agent becomes, the better off I am as her client. So it's a boon to everyone.

On that note, I'm taking the week off of blogging to hang with my family on our vacation. (Unless I get more good news, in which case, I'll post it!) :) Also, I'm working off of my laptop so I don't have some of your email addys, but I know that a few of you asked if I'd be game to do Q/As for your blogs for the TOML release, and the answer is YES! Now is the perfect time for me to take a few hours and answer questions, so if YOU have a moment, send them over!

Hope everyone has a wonderful end to their summer (sob), and I'll be back after Labor Day!

9 comments:

Dara Chadwick said...

Good news all around, Allison...enjoy that vacation!

Kristen DeDeyn Kirk said...

Congratulations, Allison! You are a generous person, and it's wonderful that it's coming back to you. Enough your well-deserved vacation.

Trish Ryan said...

Happy Vacation. You're so right--the writing life works better when we cheer each other on. You've done an amazing job with that here on Ask Allison, and I'm grateful :)

Here's to more good news this Fall!

Eileen said...

Have a great vacation and huge congrats to both you and Therese. I am always shocked when I run into people that see this business as a competition. It has plenty of challenges without adding competing with other writers to the mix.

Therese Walsh said...

Thanks again, Allison, for e-introducing Elisabeth to me. I'm beyond grateful!!

Andrea said...

Congrats on the wonderful news! I can't wait to pick up "Time of My Life" :) Have a wonderful vacation!

Suzanne said...

Allison, you are the embodiment of what goes around comes around. You are receiving the blessings that you have given to others.

Have a great vacation. We look forward to your return and many more notices of good news!

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ambersauer said...

Hi Alison, I discovered your blog and great advice, and that led me to your book. I just picked it up at the library and blasted through the first half in one evening. I havent been able to sit down and read a book in ages (excuses are many, but Ill blame my kids!). Thanks for all your advice and congrats of the second printing!