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Entries in Agents (4)


Tattered Cover: Denver, CO

Near the Denver airport. In case of a water landing your Range Rover can be used as a floatation device.The Denver stop of the Willow Frost Tour was wetter than expected as seven inches of rain fell overnight on the Mile High City of No Storm Drains.

My signing in Boulder and radio interview both had to be cancelled, but we pressed on with the evening book event.

And despite the National Weather Service urging residents to stay inside, 30+ hardy storm-troopers showed up for the taping of my podcast for Authors on Tour LIVE, and some even joined us for an after party hosted by my agent, Kristen Nelson, at a nearby Irish pub (where I drank wine instead of beer, which I think is a crime in certain circles).

Now I'm heading home for the weekend and sending warm, dry, safe thoughts to the folks in Boulder and surrounding areas.

But then it's full speed ahead on Monday as I fly to LA for a gig at Vroman's on Tuesday, then San Diego, and then Dallas, where perhaps I'll run into a tornado or a plauge of locusts.


Wednesday Writers Hangout: Agent Edition

On Google+ yet? It's their latest foray into the social networking mosh-pit, currently occupied by Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, et al. And so far, I'm still intrigued. For one, it's strictly 18+, which means fewer posts like, "Beliebers will rool 4ever <3."

But beyond that, their Hangout feature is what makes it truly unique. Hangouts are like Skype video chats, expanded to accommodate 10 people. So a few of us authorly-types have been hosting Writers Hangouts (mine are on Wednesdays, noon PST).

This week we were joined by my über-agent, Kristin Nelson, who spent time answering questions about genres, queries, and the mystery of ghostwriters who pen books for the likes of Snooki. It's a tough job, but some poor writer had to get all up in that.


CAA, IPG, UTA, and other glittery Hollywood acronyms

I spent last Friday in Beverly Hills, wending my way from meeting to meeting—a veritable crash course in how challenging it is to sell a book in Hollywood.

Throughout the day I kept envisioning Harlan Ellison leaping across a conference table and decking some poor producer in Irwin Allen’s office. (This thought came up whenever someone would ask, “How are you going to mitigate the financial risk without a Caucasian lead character?”)

That being said, the amazing news is: I now have new representation in Über-agent Kassie Evashevski at (UTA) United Talent Agency. I absolutely adore her.

The bad news is: studios adore franchised sequels (Saw V), remakes (The Karate Kid), and TV shows turned into movies (The A-Team). So the odds of getting a film made are still about a million-to-one. But as Jim Carrey said in Dumb & Dumber, “So, you're telling me there’s a chance!”


California daydreaming

Today is a great day. I feel as though I’ve just mainlined a Xanax-enriched triple-latte, while watching a tropical sunset atop my unicorn. That great. I just found out that Harlan Ellison, after a 60-year career, has made the NYT Bestseller List (#6) for the graphic novel, Phoenix Without Ashes. Plus, after years of trying to shed the label,  “Science Fiction Author” (Magical Realism is a better descriptor, but one that wasn't common in the 60s and 70s), Harlan will be inducted into the SF Hall Of Fame in June. Kudos, Harlan. Not a bad third act.

In other news, I’m typing this from Sonoma, the heart of California’s wine country, which unfortunately, I do not drink due to its deleritous effect on my blood sugar. When they’re able to ferment a Riesling using Splenda, let me know. I’m in town for events in Santa Rosa, Lodi, and then up to Woodland tomorrow.

But, I also flew into this neck of the Redwoods to interview one Jimmie Matsuda. Though Jimmie was born in the US, his family moved back to Japan in 1938, when he was 13 years old.  Four years later he was conscripted into the Japanese Navy and trained as a Tokkotai—a kamikaze pilot. Jimmie’s story is eerily similar to the character in my new book—so meeting Jimmie was a must. A tremendous thanks to Tom Ikeda, at Densho, for putting me in touch with him.

Oh, and for all the aspiring writers out there struggling with query letters, here’s my agent, Kristin Nelson, with a few helpful tips.