Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bookmas Giveaway, and that includes all of our terrific clients for their clues. I’m hoping everyone enjoyed the contest, and for those who won, the prizes.
Friday’s question was:
I had just finished my very first interview in book publishing. I was nervous, excited and overwhelmed by New York City, tall buildings and the prospect that I’d just discovered my dream job. As with any publisher, when walking through the office there were books and posters everywhere and I couldn’t get enough of seeing what types of books they published and who they published. Some of the authors I was already a fan of, many I’d never heard of. However, what really made the experience was when I got off the train to head home that afternoon I noticed a gentleman walking next to me carrying a book. A book I had just seen a poster of in the offices where I interviewed. I can remember that moment as vividly as if it were yesterday.
What was the book and who was the author?
And the answer is Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker.
Congratulations to Tracy. Please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get your prize out immediately.
As I hinted at Friday, BookEnds has already had our holiday celebration and today the offices are quiet. I’m hoping Kim, Jessica, and Lauren are all at home doing something very holiday-oriented. I’ll likely be baking cookies and making my final shopping lists because, in my mind, there’s nothing quite as much fun as that last-minute shopping.
It’s been a phenomenal year for BookEnds. We’ve had one of our most successful years to date and couldn’t be more thrilled with how our clients are doing, and how we’re doing. We’ve had no fewer than 7 books hit the New York Times bestseller list this year (and I might be missing one or two) and a record number of sales. We welcomed both Jessica Alvarez and Lauren Ruth into the mix and we’ve watched them grow, excel, sign new clients and make new deals. And most important, we’ve had fun. We still love what we do and the clients we work with and we couldn’t be more proud of what’s on our bookshelves.
So to end the year I’m going to raise my glass of warm Swedish Glogg in a toast to you, my loyal readers, to you, my amazing BookEnds agents, and to you, the clients who made it all possible and who I couldn’t be more proud of.
As the Swedes say, “Skol!”
1 bottle red wine
1/2 liter good vodka
10 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
Orange peel from 1/2 an orange
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup almonds
Place spices and orange peel into a piece of cheesecloth and tie shut.
Add all the ingredients to a heavy saucepan and set over medium-low heat until it just reaches a simmer. Do not boil. Simmer for about 45 minutes to allow all the spice flavors to steep.
Once finished, pull out your spice bag and pour the Glogg into a fondue pot or other similar pot with a ladle so you can keep the Glogg warm for guests. Allow the raisins and almonds to float on the top.
Serve with sugar so people can sweeten to taste.