I made my first visit to New York as an author. Mind you, I love the city for its own sake and I loved it again this time (in spite of a sinfully expensive hotel). But the main reason I loved this trip was that I met my agents for the first time in person. It was an incredible visit. I was treated like an important author with a gourmet lunch and limousine ride to Penguin headquarters. It's still all a bit unbelievable.

I have said so before, and many times: I'm incredibly lucky in my agent and would not trade her for the world. Above and beyond her experience, her contacts, and her past support for me, she is a wonderful friend in person. Who could have known in 2000 that she would accept my query letter and the novel HELL SCREEN?

There is some good news for the future, too: She has sold audio rights for four novels. And Penguin (perhaps encouraged by the PW and NYT reviews of ISLAND OF EXILES, which brought enough sales for another print run) have requested the mss. of the next two Akitada novels and of the short stories.

Let's hope! I'm too fond of that character not to want to see him go on and have a full life.

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Comment by I. J. Parker on November 20, 2007 at 8:21am
Soon, very soon! And this is your site. You can do anything you want.
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on November 20, 2007 at 7:18am
I did, but only on my member blog. I don't feel quite right about making it a big deal on my on site, but I'm sure once I get a novel published I'll have no reservations. :)
Comment by I. J. Parker on November 20, 2007 at 12:19am
Thanks, Daniel. Have you shared your good news on crimespace?
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on November 19, 2007 at 11:05am
That is fantastic news all round, Ingrid. Congratulations!
Comment by I. J. Parker on November 18, 2007 at 8:05am
Endurance? Well, yes. In a way. Mind you, I love the writing part and when things don't go well, I just write another book. Thanks, Glen.
Comment by Glen C. Allison on November 18, 2007 at 5:42am
Good for you, Ingrid. And congratulations on being recognized for your talent as well as your endurance.
Comment by I. J. Parker on November 18, 2007 at 1:15am
Then I wish you much good luck, Grant. May you get a fabulous contract soon.
Comment by Grant McKenzie on November 17, 2007 at 12:19pm
Sounds fabulous, I.J.
I too have a wonderful agent (who I've only met in person once) and hope to have a wonderful editor and publisher soon ;-)

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