Here is quiz full of information you have no reason to ever know about BookEnds, but hey, every blog post can’t be purely for educational purposes. We need fun too. So let’s see how well you know your BookEnds agents.
1. Which two agents started their careers as interns at Berkley?
a. Kim & Jacky
b. Jacky & Jessica
c. Jessica & Kim
d. All of the above
2. Who is Riggins?
a. Jacky’s dog
b. Kim’s dog
c. Jessica’s dog
d. Our assistant
3. Who invented the term “twitch” as it relates to publishing?
a. Our assistant
4. Who survives without coffee?
b. Our assistant
5. Who did Jessica once dogsit for?
a. Maurice Sendak
b. Elizabeth Strout
c. Miss Snark
d. Pete Hamill
6. What is the name of the BookEnds assistant (frequently referred to as “our assistant”)?
c. Your Highness
7. Who is the only BookEnds agent without an English degree?
d. None of the above
8. What year did Jacky, Jessica, and Kim first meet?
9. What is the longest time a BookEnds project has been on submission before a sale is finally made?
a. 2 months
b. 2 years
c. 2 weeks
d. 12 years
10. How many books did BookEnds sell in 2008?
1. (a) Kim and Jacky both started their careers as Berkley interns, although years apart. In fact, Jacky was the first ever intern at Berkley and later went on to actually run the intern program, hiring Kim.
2. (c) Riggins is Jessica’s fairly new rescue dog, but his name was suggested by Kim. He was named after Tim Riggins, a character on Friday Night Lights, although Jessica’s husband will swear he’s named after Washington Redskin John Riggins.
3. (b) “Twitching” was Kim’s idea as a way to launch Jessica (@bookendsjessica) and Kim (@bookendskim) into the Twitter world. Twitch Week was a contest of Tweet Pitches run through Twitter.
4. (d) While Jessica, Kim, and their assistant can’t believe anyone survives without coffee, Jacky does. Although she drinks a lot of tea.
5. (b) As a poor editorial assistant Jessica dogsat for extra money and author Elizabeth Strout (at about the time her first book was released) was one of her clients.
6. (d) Katelynn saves our butt more times than we can count. She started as an intern and landed the job when another former intern-turned-assistant, Holly, moved to St. Martin’s.
7. (b) Jessica actually has a degree in journalism.
8. (a) 1994, when Jessica started her job as an editorial assistant at Berkley and Kim started her internship. Jacky was already working there.
9. (b) 2 years: Jacky and Jessica each had a project that took two years from the time of first submission to sale, which is why we always encourage authors to never give up.
10. (c) 127 books were sold in 2008. Note that some of these, probably many of them, were multi-book deals and we didn’t count foreign sales in this number. Okay, the number is rough, but you get the idea.