Thursday, August 16, 2007

Q & A Thursday

It's question and answer time! Today we're going to mix it up and give you a chance to really get to know us here at TKA. Ask us anything you'd like about our personal reading habits and we'll be happy to answer. Afterall, there is nothing we love to talk about more than what we're reading.
So hit your keyboard and ask away. We're going to answer the first five questions that come our way.

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Blogger ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

This should be fun :-)

Q1: Which authors are on your auto buy list?


Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 1:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eliza Osborn said...

And in the same vein as LindaH's question:

What magazines / trade publications / Web mags do Knight Agents (that could be a book title, dude) read on a semi-regular basis?

Do you ever find new blood from literary magazines, short stories, and the like?

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 1:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Keri Ford said...

This is a fun mix up for Q&A day. hmm...

Which authors would you stand in a LONG line for to get an autograph copy and your picture made with them for your refrigerator?

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 1:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Isabelle Santiago said...

What's your guilty pleasure? The one thing that you would be hard pressed to admit that you love?

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 1:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cathy M said...

What are the top five favorite books on your keeper shelf?

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 2:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Linda! Great question...
JR Ward
Stephenie Meyer
Lisa Unger
Julia Quinn
Susan Grant
Lisa Kleypas
Jacquelyn Frank
Kristin Hannah

This is just the BEGINNING! LOL!

Eliza, Elaine's going to hit the trade mag question. :)

Keri, I would stand in a long line for JR Ward, Kristin Hannah, Stephenie Meyer, Nelson DeMille, gosh, this one's tough b/c there are frankly many. I'm evil, too, --at RWA, I ask other people to go stand in the long lines for me while I'm doing other stuff. :) But I can say that there are quite a few non-RWA authors who would be worth it for me. MEeting Pat Conroy years ago was very special.

Isabelle, guilty pleasure would be playing online games on Pogo. There, I fessed up. I especially love Hog Heaven where it's roulette with little piggies, and if you win, they fly to heaven. They make little slobbery oinking sounds too if you forget and keep the volume up. Now is that not the MOST HUMILIATING thing you've ever heard an agent admit as a guilty pleasure? I'll never intimidate a soul ever again! And that's probably for the better.

Cathy, top five books... I'm going to think on this one and come back! I'm still in shock that I admitted about my Pogo addiction! LOL!!! Deidre

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 3:29:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I love these questions.

A few authors I'd stand in a long line for are Stephenie Meyer, JR Ward, and Joan D. Vinge.

My guilty pleasure, reading in my sweats and indulging in chocolate.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 4:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Elaine Spencer said...

What fun questions!!! YAY something different, this makes Elaine VERY happy.

Linda - My Autobuy list - Jodi Picoult, JR Ward, Stephenie Meyer, Kristin Hannah, Sophie Kinsella, this is so much harder than I thought it would be. I read really varied things and am always looking for something different. There is so much out there that I still haven't discovered I do a lot of jumping around. It has to be something big for me to really commit to reading a handful of titles by the same person at the same time.

Eliza - Trade magazines. Well I always read the catalogues that we get from the publishers with the upcoming season's titles. I always read Pub Weekly and Romantic Times. I try to stay up on Booklist. I always glance through the RWR.

I subscribe to a lot of online info sources - PWdaily, galleycat, pubmarketplace, the norm I suppose - I am a big newsletter junkie too. From authors, other agencies, publishing houses - I always read through them to get ideas about what other people are doing.

I haven't found any new blood from these likes, but you never know when that could change!

When thinking about this I realized that it is a bit of my guilty pleasure, getting signed books. I am a bit of a hoarder. I get really excited about adding personalized things to my shelf. I have a whole special section for these special books. When I go to conferences and such you better bet I'm still going to the signings and purchasing my faves personalized to me.

My first autographed book was the Original Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin. I was the most excited kid in the world when my mom surprised me with that trip to the bookstore. Some habits die hard I suppose.

At RWA I stalked JR Ward trying to get to her table before the lines got out of control. She probably thought I was a wack job just casually pacing back and forth in front of her table.

One that I don't have that I would love to have is Jodi Picoult. I've never met her and I am really excited thinking about when that opportunity will present itself.

Guilty pleasure - since we're keeping this PG for the kiddies lets see: Shopping is a huge one, a big stress reliever for me. I also have this pair of ratty grey sweats that I bought at Kroger Store (no judgment here folks) which I adore climbing into the second I get home from work. Another thing I love to do as an indulgence is go to a big extravagant Sunday Brunch and just hang out all afternoon like I haven't a care in the world.

Kathy - Top 5 Books. I want to go home and check my shelves to make sure I don't leave anything off-

I actually think I'm going to - I'll get back to ya in a few hours on that one . . .

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 4:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Janice Hardy said...

If you’re a unpublished writer who’s just about to start submitting her first book, (Well, the first one worth spending money on to send out) should the next book you start be in the same genre? What if you have ideas in two related genres, say YA fantasy and YA urban fantasy?

I want to get started on a new book, but I don’t want to do anything that will hurt my hoped-for career if I do sell my novel.


Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 5:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

What if you have ideas in two related genres, say YA fantasy and YA urban fantasy?

Danthia... those aren't two genres. They're one. One audience, one genre, one shelving section in the bookstore. I wouldn't worry about it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 5:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Keri Ford said...

Danthia, I agree with Diana and also want to add that sometimes writing out of your genre can be good. It's a great way to push yourself and you never know what might come out.

I once wrote out of genre and found what I should have been writing all along. Good Luck!

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 5:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Keri Ford said...

Deidre, you should have met my roomate at nationals. She had me standing in lines for her!

I got my first autograph book this year, and since then, I've been snatching them up at every chance!

thanks for the answers Ladies!

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 9:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger talia pente said...




Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 9:34:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No mention of Stephen King? I can't help it - he's my all time favorite!

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Pam P said...

Deidre, I never would have guessed you were so into Oinkers - lolol.

I've spent many a Sunday afternoon lazing around at extended brunches over the years. Now that you mention it, about time to do that again.

Friday, August 17, 2007 at 11:27:00 AM EDT  

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