Thursday, December 20, 2012
Today is my last day in the office until January 2, 2013. In clearing my desk, I ran across this lovely note I've been holding onto from an author expressing gratitude for a response, even though a rejection, to her query.
With electronic submissions, it's increasingly difficult to keep up, not only with reading, but also with responding to queries. Our agency receives about 500 submissions per week. It's our intention to respond to every query, but it has become nearly impossible to do so.
There was a time when I was submitting my work to agencies, but not necessarily tracking responses. I remember getting a rejection from this very agency months and months later and being happy that my work was still circulating.
The phenomenon of not receiving a response to a query has quickly become standard practice for some agencies, the idea being, if you don't hear, you can assume it's a rejection. This is not our policy, as of yet, but again, we are struggling to keep up.
Don't think you are alone, though. Many of the queries we send out on behalf of our clients to editors go unanswered. Kimberley says this didn't used to be the case. Editors are also struggling to keep up with the volume of electronic submissions.
I want to thank and show my appreciation for the author above for her kind note. A note like this--when the pace of our world has increased, chaos reigns and publishing seems impersonal--reminds me how important it is to stop, value and foster (to the best of my ability) the creative spirit of all those submitting to this agency.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Dear Writers, Authors, Lovers of Books,
I have much to do. As a literary agent, I am constantly reading and considering, sending manuscripts with thoughtful intent, and frankly, just trying to publish every writer I deem worthy. I do not need people following me - I have too many emails now that I can't possibly address - guilt is one of those things that I have learned to live with. This is the New World - I get it, but I'm not happy that I can't personally answer all the queries I receive. Please keep trying, and if you don't receive a timely response, send your query again. It's our responsibility to read and review your work, professionally. We try to do our best. Good work will always rise to the top - no question about it. Keep going and know that we are there to help. I wish you the happiest of the holiday season.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Award winning author of the Tom Hickey California crime novels, Ken Kulken, gave a quote for Matt Coyle's YESTERDAY'S ECHO (Oceanview Publishing).
"Anyone who wishes, as I do, that Raymond Chandler had written more novels ought to read Matt Coyle's YESTERDAY'S ECHO, which zings with wit while it convinces us that police, politicos, and business folk can be as mean and corrupt as ever."
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Kimberley was recently interviewed by Marin Magazine for an article titled, "The New Art of Publishing."
Follow the link, scroll to page 58 and enjoy!
Below is a link to photos taken by Ted Weinstein at the Books & Booze cocktail party held at Chronicle Books earlier this month. Take a look; you just may see some faces you recognize in the bunch.
Kimberley Cameron & Associates was well represented at the event. I believe there were eight of us who attended the event, three agents and five readers.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
|Laura Florand is the author of THE CHOCOLATE THIEF and BLAME IT ON PARIS.|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Check out the video here!
The chocolate adoring author has been receiving praise from various papers and online publications for THE CHOCOLATE THIEF and BLAME IT ON PARIS.
A recent interview with Laura Florand is also available to read here. Finally we get to know the amazing author personally and learn a few wise words: "I really think dark chocolate is an important part of any healthy diet." She talks about her inspiration and the experience of meeting with an actual chocolatier to research her novel THE CHOCOLATE THIEF.
You can also read an article about Laura Florand published by the News Observer here, where the question is asked 'What do women want, anyway?' Laura is praised for answering these questions in her novel THE CHOCOLATE THIEF.
Make sure to check out Laura Florand's memoir, BLAME IT ON PARIS, a "A frothy French confection" (Publisher's Weekly) and her novella "All's Fair in Love and Chocolate" found in the romantic anthology KISS THE BRIDE.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
We are very excited to have Heidi Cave's FANCY FEET cover from Behler Publications. Isn't it beautiful? Heidi's friend provided the photograph, part of a series taken of Heidi's prosthetic legs/feet.
Heidi lost her best friend Betty and both of her legs below the knee in a car accident caused by a reckless driver. She is also a burn survivor, having suffered burns over 50% of her body. Her story is a page-turner full of hope, triumph and giving back.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Laura has received some great reviews for CHOCOLATE THIEF:
“It’s like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven: Florand has managed to capture that emotional experience and put it into the pages of her novel. She’s also captured some of the political parts of chocolatiering and mixed in a pretty serious romance to boot. This is definitely a pleasure to read, and the hints for excellent stateside chocolatiers in the back had me firing up Google!” – RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
We're excited to see some great support for D.P. Lyle's RUN TO GROUND!
Susan Wasson, a veteran at Bookworks in Albuquerque, writes, "I could not turn the pages fast enough while reading RUN TO GROUND. All the characters were so real."
Mystery Gazette writer Harriet Klausner also wrote about RUN TO GROUND in a blog post, which can be found here.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
YESTERDAY'S ECHO is about a disgraced ex-cop, branded a murderer but never convicted, who grasps at a chance for redemption by risking his job, freedom and life to save the woman he loves.
Congratulations Matt, Kimberley and Oceanview!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"Call me morbidly curious, but I found the book vastly entertaining aside from my perspective as a writer. Even if you're not the author of crime, mystery, or thriller novels, you'll be fascinated by the tremendous amount of information and varying perspectives Lyle offers his readers."
To read Linda Faulkner's full review, click here.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Alex and Mallory met at the agency and were both MFA students at St. Mary's. Alex is a talented writer, whose manuscript I'm reading, and Mallory a talented poet, whose collection I someday hope to see. Both have helped us tremendously with client manuscripts.
We thought Alex and Mallory might get married. At our Christmas party last year, Alex made an early comment about marrying Mallory after they disclosed to us they'd been dating for a while. They were trying to keep their dating on the down low, but we had our suspicions. They didn't realize how much we love a good love story.
When I gave Kimberley the news today that Alex and Mallory are engaged, she was thrilled. She said, "If you do nothing else today, at least put up a blog about their engagement." Done. It's an honor.
Congratulations to you both, Alex and Mallory. We love you and wish you the brightest and happiest future together. We are so excited to have played a small part in your union, and hope you will keep us posted on life as you go forward together.
May 30th was a special day. My sister called me yesterday to say she got engaged last night as well!
Jane Shoup's THE CHRONICLES OF AZULLAND, the story of a woman who embarks on a quest to save herself and her people in the midst of lustful dark gods, power-thirsty kings, and a forest of white magic, to Mary Cummings at Diversion Books.
Susan Shea's THE KING'S JAR and MIXED UP WITH MURDER, the next two in the Dani O'Rourke mystery series, set among museums and the super wealthy, to Alex Lubertozzi at Top Five Books.
Philip Donlay's ZERO SEPARATION, the next of the Donovan Nash thrillers, about a race to stay one step ahead of a blackmailing FBI agent while trying to stop a terrorist bent on the death of millions, to Robert and Pat Gussin at Oceanview.
Terri Nolan's BAD PACKAGE, in which a young journalist inadvertently becomes a part of the story when she investigates the questionable death of the man she loves and learns that he possessed vital evidence to a famous cold case murder that has been the obsession of her career, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Emails have increased enormously in the last few years, as everyone knows. However, we are finding it close to impossible to reply to every single one. My emails are screened - we look for professionalism, correct submission procedure, etc. If you don't hear from me directly, please do not take it personally. If you are emailing often, we most likely won't answer as we are only considering submissions and emails with the first 50 pages attached, after the work is completed and ready for the market. We are trying to do the best we can, and will reply to the emails we deem most appropriate! Merci pour votre attention ainsi votre patience....
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Stan has received outstanding reviews and endorsements for this important work. To see the full list of reviews Stan's book has received, please visit his website by clicking here.
To see other IBA winners, click here.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
If you miss the interview, it will be posted here after the show.
I'm looking forward to seeing Michelle and Meghan, and meeting with the many writers in attendance!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
My client, Arthur Kerns, whose book THE RIVIERA CONTRACT I am currently shopping, will be a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Society of Southwestern Authors on May 5th at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at 207 W. Clarendon Avenue, in Phoenix.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
BONJOUR MES AMIES... I was honored to be with several clients at the Left Coast Crime Mystery Conference in Sacramento, California a few weekends ago. I've always liked this conference, as it is smaller and more intimate than the very large ones. I spent time with old and new clients, and was pleased to have made a 3 book deal for a debut author by the name of Terri Nolan the week before - we celebrated big time! Kelli Stanley was nominated for the Golden Nugget Award, given to the author of The Best Mystery set in California. We were thrilled that she was nominated for her 2nd Miranda Corbie series, CITY OF SECRETS, but knew she was up against some formidable talent such as Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly. When her name was read as the winner, we were astounded and ecstatic. She deserves it more than ever, especially at this time in her life, and I could not have been more proud of her - congratulations Kelli! Your light is shining!!!!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
D.P. Lyle's book MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION received a review from website In Reference To Murder.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner gave D.P. Lyle's upcoming book RUN TO GROUND (Oceanview, 2012) a nice quote:
"A first-rate thriller! RUN TO GROUND delivers the goods: great characters, fine investigative details and the kind of nail-biting action that leaves you rapidly flipping the pages, breathless to discover what will happen next!"
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Stan Goldberg's recently released book LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS was reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski for Retailing Insight magazine.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation.
Doug Lyle's MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION: CRIME WRITERS' MORBIDLY CURIOUS QUESTIONS EXPERTLY ANSWERED was reviewed on Women In Crime Ink, a blog of "thoughts on crime and media issues from women criminal justice professionals and authors."