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Saturday, December 06, 2008

I had rotten news this week. My agent is quitting and leaving Yates & Yates and Orange County (CA). To use the literary term, this sucks. I'm not going to find another one like her. First off, I'm the needy sort of client. Not in a demanding, show-me-the-money kind of way, but in the scratch-my-back-and-tell-me-I'm-pretty way. Who is going to put up with that?

Here's just a few things my agent has been through with me. I get really tired when I travel. This is not good for Jeana because it's usually to the East Coast and Jeana is in California. I called her once at six in the morning because a publisher had left me at the Cracker Barrel. My phone call went something like this, "No--sniffle -- no one came...and no one called me...and -- LOUD WAIL -- I AM THE ONLY ONE UNDER 300 LBS HERE!"

IT was hysterical later, but at the time, not so much.

Let's see, she has taken a publisher and me to Disneyland to satisfy my not-so-inner 12 year-old while we talked business. When I was writing that difficult non-fiction topic, she put me in a hotel across from the mother ship (South Coast Plaza) so I could chill afterwards.

After a mix-up in the hotel, she had to sleep with me in NYC while I tumbled nervously over my 3 a.m. (my time) Today Show appearance. Needless to say, I'm bummed -- and just think of what my new agent is going to think!?!

Jeana Ledbetter is a gem among women, and though she won't leave my life (hah, like I'd let her off that easily!), I am truly saddened for me, but thrilled for her and her new adventure!

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At 2:41 PM, Blogger Lynda Lee Schab said...

Sorry to hear that, Kristin! Prayers for a new wonderful agent to show up at your door who will put up with your high-maintenanceness. :-) Hey - you're worth it!

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Christa Allan said...

Sad news, Kristen. You may need two agents to replace her. Not sure if I could find one who would be as willing to nurture my neuroses as mine does either.

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm over most of my neuroses now. She trained me good. The next agent won't have nearly the drama queen. This shrew has been tamed. LOL

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Oh Kris, it is hard to lose someone who "gets you." Especially on the business side of publishing.

You know, the Lord led you to her so He'll lead you to another fine agent!

But, I hear you and am commiserating with you. :)


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Seems that your agent was more of a friend than an agent. You're not losing the friendship, I have a feeling she'll always be there if you really need her.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Thanks Rachel, and you're right Suzanne, she even told me I could call her and whine. LOL But I really don't whine as much, she's helped me grow up. Well, maybe, you'd probably have to ask her.

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'm sure all those 300-lb people would have hurt you. They probably would have eaten you for breakfast. Cracker Barrel was probably out of food by that time.

As a large person, I found that comment to be offensive.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

I tend to hang out at snarky attitude type places - and right now I'm trying very hard not to be snarky at Anonymous. Trying. very. hard.

I too am a large person - and yes, while at first glance that statement was rather hurtful, I'm going to assume that I don't know the whole story.

I'm also going to leave my name... cause see in my opinion if you are going to call someone out on a statement then have the decency to leave your name. Its only through open communications that people can ever learn to regard each other with the love and kindness that Christ intends for us to feel toward one another. We cannot love each other if we sit silently in our corners, pointing fingers at each other, and not taking accountability for our actions.

If this were me and a statement directed to me I would ignore something by "anonymous" because that doesn't tell me anything - does this person exist or is this person just causing trouble for trouble's sake? But by leaving your name, you show that you believe what you are saying and gives me a real life person on the end with which to say "oh my goodness, I'm so sorry - that's not what I mean" or whatever the story may be.

But that's just me and my 2 cents, err 500 cents worth of opinion.

Kristen, so sorry that your dear friend is leaving her job! You'll find another agent! :)

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Sorry gals, I didn't mean to offend. I grew up with a big mother, and my brother is very big and mentally retarded, so trust me, no offense was meant -- I have spent as much time being the object of that kind of attention. What I meant at the time was that I was completely out of my comfort zone, left in a strange place with no way to get back -- and that's what came out. It could have just as easily been, AND THERE IS NO ICE TEA WITHOUT SUGAR IN IT! : )

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may have overreacted, but it comes from experience. I'm tired of people acting like fat is contagious.

Or making smart remarks like "will there be any food left" in line at restaruants.

This felt like one of those remarks. Thank you for explaining, Kristen. This can be the end of the discussion--I'm sorry for overreacting.

And I'm Kathi.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Leslie, you were right.

and Kristin, iced tea without sugar would have been disastrous. I mean, what is that about?! :-)

ok. That's it. I'm done.


At 11:32 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Kathi & Kristin - LOL! I agree ice tea without sugar is disastrous!

Kristin- I figured that we didn't know the whole story.

And Kathi - I just realized something - some people HAVE to post anonymous. Whoops. I should have thought about that before posting. I've just been noticing a lot lately that people are "being safe" and posting things as anonymous and I know that it doesn't help anybody. I'm glad you didn't take my words the wrong way. *phew* I agree that I've seen a lot of "fat" comments- One time I was upset about the service at a store and left and the owner yelled out at me "GET ON A DIET" so I know the hurt of both intended and unintended comments. That store owner lost a lot of business cause when I got back to work I was sobbing and everyone was asking "why" He shut down about a month later... LOL :D :D :D

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Prejudice against overweight people is so painful to me, it seriously makes me cry when I think of some of the things that happened to me as a child. So now I realize how that sounded. I am so sorry, y'all. (See my southernness? I'm trying. LOL)

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