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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have been completely crazed the past two months, crazed in a good way. In the months of October and November I have negotiated 11 contracts for a total of 18 books. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least, but it wasn’t until one of my authors said to me, “Are you happy about the deal?” that I realized what a whirlwind it has been.

I was so busy making the deals that I didn’t even have time to celebrate the deals, so that’s what I’m going to do this weekend. Here in the United States it’s Thanksgiving weekend (because one day is never enough), and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Eleven new contracts for one thing, but also the authors who make it all possible and who, really, make me look good.

I’m also thankful for my family and friends, those who will be joining me at the Thanksgiving table and those celebrating in other locations, because when one client asked “How do you do it all?” I only had one answer, and that’s that I have a family who takes good care of me. There’s no doubt that without them I wouldn’t be doing it all.

This weekend I’m going to take the time to reflect and give thanks for all the good things in my life, of which there are many. I’m going to cook a vegetarian, gluten-free Thanksgiving feast, enjoy cranberry martinis with those I love, and read a book that I don’t have to edit, critique, or give any feedback on.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. We’ll see you on Monday.


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  1. And my dear, what would that book be?

    Ms trite says:
    Turkey on Thanksgiving is a atate of mind not a state of grace.
    Eat what you will and be full of thanks as well as food.

  2. I just found your blog and it is a wonderful source of useful insight and information. So, I will say Thank You for taking the time to write these wonderful posts that are so helpful to writers. Many,many thanks!

  3. Sixty years old and I've NEVER had a cranberry martini…obviously I have missed one of life's great pleasures!

    I'm looking forward to a Thanksgiving with kids, grandkids and friends–it doesn't get any better. And I'm thankful for my terrific agent, JF, and the fact that a couple of those books she just contracted belong to me. Thanks again, Jessica!

  4. Do you ever get sick of reading or do you still get the same joy of picking up a new book and letting yourself surrender to the story? I would imagine working with what you do could take away the joy of it all at times. Am I way off?


  5. Wow, Jessica, congrats! That's awesome about all the book deals. There was a surge of book deals happening in early fall. Woot on the veggie Turkey Day! Me, too. I never take part in the bird feasting, but there's plenty of veg alternatives to keep me happy. Have a great weekend!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. And thank you for all the professional information you consistently dispense on your blog. It is so helpful, fun and refreshing.

    Love the vegetarian Thanksgiving…right up my alley.

    Enjoy & Blessings to all!!

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