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    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 & projected deadlines behind the cut, ’cause I know somebody’s gonna ask)

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    I am exceeding, exceedingly pleased to participate in this year in Brenda Novak‘s annual charity auction fundraiser for diabetes research. Last year she raised over a quarter of a million dollars, and is aiming for $300,000 this year.

    I have two items in the auction: one is a Tuckerization–ie, your name in my book–in the fifth Walker Papers novel, DEMON HUNTS (yes, the one I’m working on right now), which is due out in June 2010. Bidding started at $2 and to my astonishment a few people have already bid, so I think at this red-hot moment the lowest possible bid is $14. The auction runs until the end of May, and you can find the details here.

    The second is an Irish gift basket which will include mass market paperbacks of the first three Walker Papers, and my recent night shot of Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin. Bidding started at $2, is currently at $21, and the auction runs until the end of May. You can find the details here.

    My agent, Jennifer Jackson, has a proposal critique in the auction, and all the items up for auction from her client list here. Bid early, bid often! :)

    ytd wordcount: 160,100
    miles to Minas Tirith: 220

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