Tuesday, January 20, 2015


By the time you read this, I will have left my home in Paris for San Francisco... the events of the past week here will always be imbedded in my psyche.  The heinous actions of the men who took innocent lives in their personal Jihad to extinguish a form of free speech, failed.  I have witnessed the true spirit of the French people, as well as the world, as we have united in solidarity to memorialize those lives that were lost.  Writers are heroes.  They use their pens in cartoons as well as articles to voice their opinions - free speech is a precious and fundamental right that we must protect and celebrate.  I am saying "au revoir" to Paris for a time, but I will never forget the beauty and fragility of this lovely country.  Nous sommes tous, CHARLIE....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover Reveal!

My client, Sean Danker-Smith's cover is here! THE FALSE ADMIRAL is coming October 2015 from Roc Penguin.
It's a creepy fast-paced military science-fiction that will make you laugh and want to read more.

Check out Sean's author site: evagard.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kauai Writers Conference

I am lucky to call myself a founding member of the Kauai Writers Conference.  Last year, I planned a vacation to visit friends on Oahu, and let a couple of my other friends on Kauai know I was coming. We'd been talking about a writers conference in Kauai. With two months to go, I said, "Are you up for it?" They responded quickly with a big yes. In just two months my friends and their writing group managed to pull together a lovely, intimate conference with much Aloha spirit.

The 2nd Annual Kauai Writers Conference is scheduled for May 1-3 this year, with an amazing faculty of agents (myself included), editors, and best-selling authors.  There is an early bird rate for the conference that ends in a couple days (under $400). As conferences go, this is an inexpensive conference. You will get a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak, even at full price. And it's the perfect opportunity to invest in your writing in the new year! Think resolution.

Some of the faculty (click on a name to view their website):

The Kauai Writers Conference is also now a federal nonprofit. If you are looking for a tax write off in the new year, think Kauai Writers Conference. As a nonprofit, the Conference has started a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise money to pay the expenses of faculty. If you can, please help Kauai Writers Conference meet its fundraising goal by donating through Kickstarter.

I hope to see some of you there. Last year's conference was really something special, and this year should be even better, with double the workshops and classes as well as faculty. Please take a look at the links below, one to register and the other to donate to Kickstarter.

To donate to the Kauai Writers Conference on Kickstarter, click here

To register for the Kauai Writers Conference or read more about it, click here


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Book Giveaway

A Woman's Paris blog is giving away two free copies of Janet Hubbard's Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish for subscribing to the blog.  Sign up now as the deadline is January 9th!

To read or subscribe to A Woman's Paris blog, click here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Reputation Books

Happy New Year to All,

Alan Rinzler was kind enough to interview me regarding our imprint, REPUTATION BOOKS.  I wish everyone a healthy and successful 2015!




Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers.
“Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind.
We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and releasing them as eBooks, print-on-demand paperbacks, and even hardcover.”
Kimberly Cameron has been a player in the book world for more than twenty years. Writer’s Digest calls her a superstar agent. She’s President of Kimberley Cameron and Associates Literary Agency, and CEO and Publisher of Reputation Books. Her main office is in Tiburon California, across the bay from San Francisco.
I interviewed Kimberley recently about the changing role of the agent and the new position she’s taken on as an entrepreneur on behalf of her authors.
How long have you been an agent?
22 years…Hard to believe… I worked for MGM developing books into motion pictures, and as an actress, including playing Snow White to seven dwarfs in a Chrysler commercial. I was in “The Jerk” with Steve Martin for less than a minute on screen (laughter). But I’ve always loved books more than anything.
What percentage of writers who get in touch with you do you take on? And how many are debut authors?
We get thousands of submissions every year, mostly through email query letters, some through attending writers conferences, and take on less than one percent. About 80 percent of them are debut. I personally have about 50 to 100 authors at various stages of development, submission, publication and marketing. I wish I could clone myself and represent more.
What kind of advances are you getting these days?
Advances have gotten lower as the industry has changed, so sometimes I’m content with a few thousand for an unproven author. But I made a two-book $85,000 deal recently for a debut author. It was so satisfying to make that call to let her know. We’ve also made deals for more than $100,000 but not for first-time authors.
Why did you start Reputation Books?
We continue to sell books to the various big conglomerate imprints. For example, I recently sold a new author’s first thriller to Minotaur at St. Martin’s for a solid advance. But we also spend countless hours sending out manuscripts we love and believe in without finding a home for them. It can get frustrating to wait and wait and then be rejected. It’s not only a question of time, though, but an instinct, a feeling that we’ve exhausted all the old possibilities. So I believe that agents have to adapt to myriad transformations in publishing. Our role is constantly changing. It makes sense to step in and rescue those books that might never be published, and I like being a publisher.
What author services does Reputation Books provide to authors?
To be clear, we only publish our own clients. I’m not interested in soliciting outside authors. This isn’t self-publishing – our books have a brand we are proud of. We provide copy-editing, conversion to all formats, cover and internal page design, in-house and on-line marketing and publicity. We pay royalties of 55% on sales in all formats with a one time fee out of earnings of $200 for our costs. We also handle subsidiary rights – translation, TV and film.
How do you project the future of Reputation Books?
Starting a business, especially in publishing, is always risky. We launched our first twenty titles in February of 2014 and so far the eBooks are selling well on line. Our print books are being distributed through Ingram. We’ve been able to get hardcover editions of Dr. Suzana Flores’s Facehooked on the tables at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores like Book Passage in Northern California have been supportive as well.
So we’re optimistic and continue to welcome submissions to our agency. If we sign up an author with a book we love who wants to go the mainstream route, we’ll start submitting to the big publishers. If our new author becomes frustrated after not selling the book in a reasonable amount of time, we’ll suggest publishing it ourselves at Reputation Books. And we also sign authors who want to go with Reputation right away, preferring quick action, total control, and a larger royalty.
It’s tougher than ever for a first-time author without a platform to get a decent offer, and the same is true for formerly successful mid-list authors who don’t have big recent sales numbers (or aren’t celebrities). It takes an agent with guts and smarts to break out and try something new. Hat’s off!
What about you?
What has an agent done for you lately? Any war stories to share? We look forward to hearing about them.
- See more at: http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/#sthash.96WPzlnK.dpuf

Thursday, December 18, 2014

'Love for LAMENTATION" Day

It's "Love for Lamentation" Day here at KC&A. Joe Clifford's novel Lamentation was featured on both SFGate.com and LitReactor as a notable staff pick for 2014. 

LitReactor says, "Joe Clifford is one of the best new crime writers emerging onto the scene," while SFGate.com suggests that "Lamentation is a suspenseful page-turner that may jangle your nerves." 

To read the full review of Joe's work on LitReactor, click here.

To read the full review of Joe's work on SFGate.com, click here

Relentless storm clouds roil over Northern New Hampshire’s Lamentation Mountain as Jay Porter is called to pick up his delinquent, drug-addicted older brother Chris at the local police station. Released into Jay’s care, his brother, now a suspect in the disappearance of a friend, reveals a conspiracy involving a mysterious hard drive and the small community’s most powerful family. As Jay fights to win back his ex-girlfriend and their two-year-old son, his journey forces him to confront his own parents’ suspicious death twenty years ago as he steps deeper into his estranged brother’s addicted world—delivering him to the dark heart of a small town’s shocking secret.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rejection and Publishing

Rejection, it's a word all writers loathe and fear. I myself have been rejected as an author by zines, agents, editors, workshops, and readings. It's a difficult road, and I feel for the thousands of writers that pass through our slushpile everyday. It's hard not to take each rejection like an arrow to the heart and I've seen writers who have become bitter, angry, sad, and then broadcast it online. They vent their frustration, believing they have been wronged, calling publishers, editors, agents alike nasty names and blaming them personally for the rejections.

One of the most important things I have learned since entering the other side of publishing is that rejection is not personal. Publishing is first and foremost, a business. The people within publishing love books (they have to, for it is rarely a lucrative career), but they are not artists per say, so they are looking at each submission with a practical eye. For example, as beautiful as your prose may be, if the book is hundreds of thousands of words long, an agent knows that a publisher will not probably not pick it up because to publish a book that large costs more money. No one is saying the writer is a bad writer for having a long book, it just means the writer probably doesn't understand the business side of publishing and is likely inexperienced.

So if you are like the average writer and wish to have a financially successful career, do your research, know the business and understand that it's similar to any other job. Your first project is your entry-level resume. You're going to have to submit it to as many places as you can, be rejected or ignored, and even if you do get hired, you won't be the CEO within the year. But if you keep honing your craft by going to school or workshops or conferences, doing online research, critical reading and practicing writing, just as you would invest in another career, your odds of success become much higher.

And you will see that rejection is just business as usual.

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