Category Archives: What’s New at DGLM

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Hello World!

Thank you for the introduction, Jane. It’s a pleasure to be here at DGLM. I am looking forward to working closely with all the wonderful people here at Dystel & Goderich as well as our many talented clients. My goal has always been to find a job that I would look forward to going to each and every morning, and I’m lucky enough to have found exactly that. If you want to learn a little bit more about me and  how I got here, feel free to check out “Who We Are and What We’re Looking For” for a short bio and personal essay.

 

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We’re growing!

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is welcoming new members of our team.  This time, I am delighted to introduce two:

Michael Hoogland joined us on May 20th as our new Royalties Manager.  Michael graduated from Colgate University in 2012 and also attended the Columbia publishing course.  We are excited to have his interest in the business side of publishing which is so important to the continued growth of Dystel & Goderich.

On June 3rd, Sharon Pelletier joined us as the manager of our digital publishing program.  Sharon was previously at Barnes & Noble, Europa Editions, and Vantage Press.  She is extremely knowledgeable about the world of digital publishing and will be helping us grow this exciting area of our business.

I hope all of our blog readers will welcome both Mike and Sharon who are available to answer any questions our clients might have for them.

Hello World!

It’s my very first blog entry as a full-fledged DGLM employee! However, I’m not totally new to the office and have been around for quite some time. I’ve been working in the office as the Project Manager for DGLM’s digital publishing program, and before that I was an intern in the office. Until recently, I was focused solely on developing the digital program, but I’m branching into agenting now, and I can’t wait to get started.

As a reader, some of my favorite books have been historical fiction—Les Miserables, Atonement and Gone With the Wind, to name a few. But I also love a book that challenges me, like Lolita, the His Dark Materials series or Last Exit to Brooklyn. For more about me and what I am interested in reading, check out Who We Are and What We’re Looking For.

My very first experience with a literary agency was here at DGLM, and I am so grateful to have been able to turn my internship into a position at the company. I’ve always wanted to work in publishing and I am very excited to be a part of this team.

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DGLM Deal Round Up!

It’s been quite some time since we’ve done a deal roundup on the blog, so I’m thinking we’re certainly due for one. It’s been a busy, busy 2012 so far and hopefully will continue as such—so many good books out there!

Rounding out 2011, Jane sold Peggy Kotsopoulos’ SOMETHING I ATE, a holistic nutrition guide that offers recipes as well as insight into how food can affect our minds and bodies in all areas of life to Andrea Magyar of Penguin Group Canada.

Kicking off the new year, Jane sold revered and innovative baker Alice Medrich’s A NEW WAY TO BAKE, which introduces baking tips, tricks and methods for using alternate and varied types of flours to Judy Pray at Artisan.

Livia Blackburne’s MIDNIGHT THIEF, a debut YA fantasy novel about a talented thief who joins an assassin’s guild only to find that what she thought was the perfect job is much more sinister than originally imagined was sold to Abby Ranger at Hyperion by Jim.

Bestselling author and celebrated Food Network and Cooking Channel television host Ellie Krieger’s newest, currently untitled cookbook that offers simple and healthy solutions for weeknight dinners to busy families sold to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons by Jane.

Stacey then sold Robin Robertson’s ONE-DISH VEGAN, a cookbook that will showcase over 150 one-dish recipes from the master vegan cookbook author to Dan Rosenberg at Harvard Common Press.

Another debut novel, Stephanie Kuehn’s CHARM & STRANGE, about a boy dealing with a traumatic past that haunts his life in violent, disturbing ways, in a portrait of grief, madness, and ultimately resilience, went to Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s Press, sold by Michael.

Gaby Dalkin’s ABSOLUTELY AVOCADO, a cookbook of over 100 recipes that feature the beloved and healthy fruit, the avocado, went to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons, sold by Stacey.

Stacey then sold START AT THE END, by president and founder of Growthink, Dave Lavinksy, which a smart, savvy business book that teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners how to reverse engineer success and create an action plan to successfully get there to Adrianna Johnson at John Wiley & Sons.

Bestseller David Hewson’s atmospheric CARNIVAL FOR THE DEAD, a puzzle-piece, labyrinthine mystery set during Carnival in Venice and wrapped deep inside the art and culture of Venice itself, which was previously published in the UK, went to Andy Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer, sold by Stacey.

Debra Weyermann’s THE GRAVE ROBBERS, an exposé of the Native American antiquities trade and the 2010 raid that shredded the code of silence protecting it for centuries, was sold by Jane to Jerry Pohlen at Chicago Review Press.

ALA Best Fiction for YA pick & Cybil Award-winning STUPID FAST Geoff Herbach’s EVEN IF IT HURTS, in which a dork-turned-athlete must choose a path between responsibility to others and his own desires to find firm ground from which to leap to a future that is his own went to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks, sold by Jim.

Jessica then sold John Adams’ THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE MUMMIES: HOW THEODORE DAVIES USED A STOLEN FORTUNE TO TRANSFORM ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE GILDED AGE, the true story of an American robber baron-turned-Egyptologist who turned tomb-robbing and treasure-hunting into a science, to Daniela Rapp at St. Martin’s Press.

Michael’s next sale was for Suzanne Selfors’s THE IMAGINARY VETERINARY, a chapter book series in which a string of unusual events — from finding a lost dragon hatchling to tracking an escaped sasquatch — leads ten-year-olds to become apprentices to a veterinarian for imaginary creatures, which went to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Children’s.

Susan Beal’s next gorgeous craft title, SEWING BY THE SEASON, which takes a seasonal approach to beautiful sewn projects perfect for any occasion, in any season was sold to Laura Lee Mattingly at Chronicle by Stacey.

Dr. James H. Fallon’s, THE SUCCESSFUL PSYCHOPATH, a memoir in which the neuroscientist discovers that the brain patterns of deadly psychopathic killers mirror his own, was sold by Jane to Brooke Carey at Current.

MARBURY LENS author Andrew Smith’s GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, about a sexually confused kid, his girlfriend, his best friend, and how they accidentally bring about the end of the world, went to Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton Children’s, sold by Michael.

Michael then sold PLEASE SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER by journalist Sara Solovitch, an exploration of the deepest of human fears, whether you call it stage fright, performance anxiety, or social phobia, through the author’s own attempts to overcome it, as well as her research into its causes and cures, to Benjamin Adams at Bloomsbury.

A Tarzan for the digital-age, Jim sold Alex Mallory’s WILD,  in which a girl skips her senior trip to go into the wild instead, and finds a boy raised to believe that the world outside the forest has been decimated by a modern plague, to Anne Hoppe at Harper Teen.

Jane’s next sale was for Anne Cleeland’s THE TAINTED ANGEL, the Regency version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith about a beautiful young courtesan who is actually a spy whose allegiance is unknown, which went to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks.

Bringing cakelet decorating to the masses, Amy Eilert’s CUPCAKE ENVY, a collection of 40 projects for beautiful, adorable, and fun “cakelets” (unique crosses between cupcakes and cakes), was sold to Bud Sperry at Tuttle by Stacey.

Michael Krondl, author of SWEET INVENTION, has a new book, DONUTS, a lighthearted cultural history of America’s favorite treat with selected accompanying recipes, which was sold by Jane to Cynthia Sherry at Chicago Review Press.

An hilarious and touching memoir about Nicole Caccavo Kear’s struggle to come to terms with the fickle hand of Fate, in the form of a disease that is slowly erasing her vision, all while raising three kids with the “help” of her loving Italian-American family, to Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s Press, sold by Michael.

In a collaboration with Cooking Light, Stacey sold Allison Fishman’s LIGHTEN UP, AMERICA!, a celebration of regional American cooking made light, including Buffalo wings, Maryland crab cakes, and apple pie, to Heather Averett at Oxmoor House.

Stacey then sold Amy Plum’s JUNEAU as part of a two-book deal, about a girl who escapes the mysterious forces that kidnapped her clan and discovers that everything about her past has been a lie, facing disillusionment while braving an unknown modern-day America to rescue her family, to Tara Weikum at HarperCollins Children’s.

Jane then sold Nancy Herkness’s novel, TAKE ME HOME, in which an emotionally wounded woman falls in love with an equally scarred veterinarian, and both find strength in themselves through caring for a battered racehorse to Kelli Martin at Montlake.

THE BIG LETDOWN by author, journalist, and breastfeeding advocate Kimberly Seals Allers opens up a candid conversation about the cultural, sociological and economic forces that shape the breastfeeding culture was sold by Stacey to Nichole Argyres at St. Martin’s Press.

John sold Stephen L. Duncan’s YA debut THE REVELATION SAGA, about a teen who discovers he is the angel Gabriel and must train to save the world from the evil demon Septis, pitched as FALLEN meets HARRY POTTER with a dose of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, to Emily Steele at Medallion Press.

Two more books in James Beard-honored mixologist, author, and beverage consultant Kim Haasarud’s popular 101 series, SHOTS and TROPICAL DRINKS, sold to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons by Michael.

Bestselling author and iconic feminist leader Phyllis Chesler’s AN AMERICAN BRIDE IN KABUL, about her time as a young bride in Afghanistan and the charged and complicated relationship between the Islamic East and West was sold by Jane to Karen Wolny at Palgrave.

Jane’s next sale was for William Gurstelle’s DEFENDING YOUR CASTLE, which offers wild yet historically accurate plans for the modern homeowner, from moats and drawbridges to hostile plant walls, including both scientific and anecdotal material, which went to Cynthia Sherry at Chicago Review Press.

Romance writer Anne Stuart’s next series, AFTER THE STORM: THE STORY OF THE RUSSELL SISTERS, a historical trilogy that focuses on three orphaned sisters, Arielle, Madeline, and Sophie, as they embark to investigate the mysterious maritime disaster that killed their parents, encountering rogues, gentlemen, and illicit affairs along the way, was sold to Kelli Martin at Montlake by Jane.

Rounding out March, Jane sold Michael Wolraich’s WHEN THE WAR BEGAN: TEDDY ROOSEVELT, REPUBLICAN PROGRESSIVES AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN POLITICS, the story of the beginning of the progressive political movement, following closely the lives of all the major political, economic and journalistic players as they careen through history and one another’s lives to Karen Wolny at Palgrave.

John also sold real estate magnate Herman J. Russell’s memoir BUILDING ATLANTA, which recounts his childhood growing up during segregation and how he overcame a severe speech disorder to build much of the Atlanta skyline and contribute to the Civil Rights movement, to Cynthia Sherry at Chicago Review Press.

Jim’s next sale was for Gae Polisner’s FRANKIE SKY, still reeling from her little brother’s drowning death, a girl finds her herself holding back – from summer trips to the ocean, friendship, budding romance – till she meets another young boy who may be her brother’s reincarnation, which awakens her to new possibilities, which went to Elise Howard at Algonquin.

Journalist and historian Scott Martelle’s JONES’S BONES, the story that brings together two important eras in history—the American Revolutionary War and the dawn of the 21st Century—through the search for the final resting place for war hero John Paul Jones was sold to Jerome Pohlen at Chicago Review Press by Jane.

Veteran journalist and Professor of Journalism at Indiana University Joseph Coleman’s THE OLD MAN AND THE HAMMER, a narrative-driven investigation of America’s aging workforce, charting a path forward through the coming demographic revolution, was sold to Terry Vaughn at Oxford University Press by Jessica.

Jane then sold nutrition experts Katherine Brooking and Julie Upton’s 101 FAT HABITS AND SLIM SOLUTIONS, a health-smart guide full of real life, practical steps for kicking bad habits and finding new dietary and lifestyle paths to Sara Carder at Tarcher.

Bestselling author of the wildly popular self-published WIFE BY WEDNESDAY, Catherine Bybee’s newest romance trilogy, the NOT QUITE… series brings the genre to a whole new level as she elegantly brings to life sexy, rich bachelors, desperate hotel heiresses, and Caribbean scandals, to name a few, was sold to Kelly Martin at Montlake by Jane.

Anne Cleeland’s MUDER IN THRALL, the sexy, disturbing and utterly engrossing novel in a series of romantic suspense, following Kathleen Doyle, a fiery first-year detective on her first twisted murder case, was sold by Jane to Audrey LaFehr at Kensington.

Jane’s next sale was for chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Gale Gand’s newest cookbook, GALE GAND’S LUNCH!, in which she shares fun and creative ideas, tips, and tricks for all kinds of lunches, which went to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons.

GREAT BALLS OF CHEESE, a quirky and fun collection of over 50 recipes for all kinds of cheese balls from FoodNetwork.com and CookingChannelTV.com editor Michelle Buffardi, went to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons, sold by Stacey.

Jessica sold HISTORY LESSONS: A FAMILY MEMOIR OF MADNESS, MEMORY, AND THE WONDERS OF THE BRAIN by Clifton Crais: Part memoir, part narrative science and part detective story, History Lessons is a provocative, beautifully crafted investigation into what it means to be human, to Dan Crissman at Overlook.

Helen Bryan’s THE SISTERHOOD, connecting an unlikely present-day heroine to the events of the Spanish Inquisition, handsome friars and courageous nuns, doomed love affairs, persecuted orphans, and cunning noblemen and women, was sold by Jane to Terry Goodman at Amazon.

And finally, DGLM’s most recent sale was VODKA: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, written and curated by Victorino Matus, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard sold by Stacey to James Jayo at Lyons Press.

Okay! That’s a long list there, but it can only mean good things for DGLM and our authors.

 

 

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Hello!

Thank you, Jane, for the warm introduction. It’s been a whirlwind of instructions and introductions, so please bear with me. I recently moved back to NY after a 6 year stint in Boston, where I had my first job in publishing at a boutique literary agency. Ms. Carolyn Jenks was a terrific mentor for over a year and I’m happy to say that we still keep in touch. I have her to thank for taking a chance on me and opening my eyes to what I now know is my dream job. Books have always fostered my insatiable appetite for learning, and I look forward to that in what I hope will be a lengthy career at DGLM. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. What a remarkable group of people, as I’m sure you all know by now! For a brief biography and personal essay, please visit Who We Are and What We’re Looking For.

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Welcome, Brenna Barr!

It is always a pleasure to welcome someone new into our company.  Today, Brenna Barr is joining us as our shiny, brand new royalties manager.  In time, we are hopeful that she will build her own list of authors as well.

Brenna graduated from Northeastern University and has financial, marketing and some agenting experience.  We are very excited to have her with us.

I hope you all will join me in welcoming Brenna to the Dystel & Goderich family.

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End of the Year Round-up!

It’s hard to believe that another year is already coming to an end. We’ve had a busy one here at DGLM, as dedicated blog readers will surely have noticed, and we’re looking forward to things to come in 2012. Except, of course, the end of the world. I, at least, am certainly not looking forward to dying in a fiery explosion, or lava rush, or whatever we’re meant to be consumed by, but I suppose that will make the few short months of living we have left to do all the more cherished. Right? Before I get lost in a downward spiral, I’m going to stop and instead update you on all the nice things that have happened for the agency and our clients. We’ve been busy, that’s for sure!

Since we last convened at the end of September, Michael sold FOR US BY US by Meg Leder and Rachel Kempster, a book to help couples chronicle their relationship through prompts, exercises and activities. This went to Shana Drehs and Sourcebooks.

Stacey sold a collaboration between A.J. Hartley and David Hewson, MACBETH: A NOVEL, at the beginning of October. A dramatic narrative retelling of Shakespeare’s play of the same name, this was sold to Andy Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer.

Jane’s next sale was David Morrell’s MURDER AS FINE ART, set in London during the early 1800s, in which a killer starts copycatting the Ratcliffe Highway murders (which took place in East London in 1811) with a twist–he  follows the rules laid out by essayist Thomas De Quincey in his “Murder as a Fine Art.” This went to John Schoenfelder at Mulholland Books

A prequel to the popular Maze Runner trilogy, Michael sold James Dashner’s THE KILL ORDER, which is set before WICKED was formed and Thomas entered the Maze, when sun flares scorched the earth and mankind began the ultimate fight for survival, to Krista Marino at Delacorte.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and Dreamland Social Club author Tara Altebrando’s ROOMIES, in which two girls from opposite coasts are assigned to be freshman roommates and strike up a correspondence over the summer before, was also sold by Michael, this time to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Children’s (with David Dunton of Harvey Klinger representing Tara Altebrando).

Michael’s next sale was for the third book in New York Times bestseller Lisa McMann’s ongoing middle grade fantasy adventure series, UNWANTEDS, and this went to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin.

BRIANNA ON THE BRINK, a first novel from Nicole McInnes, about a 16-year-old girl who finds herself lost, alone, and pregnant after a one-night-stand (let’s just say it’s complicated). Brianna has to choose between clinging to fear and jumping into the unknown. Stacey sold this Sylvie Frank at Holiday House

Finishing out October, John sold Editor-in-chief of ManoftheHouse.com Craig Heimbuch’s AND NOW WE SHALL DO MANLY THINGS, recalling the year the author spent learning how to hunt, both to reconnect with his family’s traditions and to explore how hunting and manliness intersect in today’s society, to Adam Korn at Morrow.

A lavishly illustrated tribute to CZ Guest, written and edited by Susanna Salk, author of Room for Children, went to Ellen Nidy at Rizzoli, sold by Michael.

Jessica next sold Qais Akbar Omar’s memoir about growing up in Afghanistan. From the Russian occupation, through years of brutal civil war, to the rise and fall of the Taliban and the arrival of the American troops, this wry, clear-eyed, and powerful memoir of life during wartime went to Courtney Hodell at FSG in a pre-empt.

Jane had the next sale with Mary Doria Russell’s THE CURE FOR ANGER, the further story of the complex relationship between Doc Holliday and his famous lawman friend, Wyatt Earp, the willful, emotionally brutalized women they loved, and the cast of ruffians and heroes who found themselves summoned by history to Tombstone, Arizona, to participate in or witness the infamous three-minute gunfight. This went to Libby Edelson at Ecco.

DRINKING LIKE A MAD MAN, a how-to manual on bringing mid-century cocktail culture to the home entertainer that takes the fear out of entertaining and demystifying the party throwing experience, is written by Steve McDonagh and was sold by Jane to Eileen Johnson at Agate.

Fitness and wellness advisor Mandy Ingber’s YOGALOSOPHY, an accessible handbook for getting it all together—body, mind, heart and spirit—full of workouts and eating guidelines along with unique daily insights, activities and thought-provoking anecdotes, was sold to Krista Lyons at Seal press by Jane.

Stacey then sold HAND MADE, the debut cookbook from Kamran Siddiqi, the 19-year-old creator of sophisticatedgourmet.com, featuring baking recipes and family stories combined with beautiful photography that illustrate the stories of his recipes through pictures, to Amy Treadwell at Chronicle.

EXTRAVAGANZA LIBERACE: A LIFE IN COSTUME is the first-ever illustrated collection of Liberace’s famous costumes, plus interviews with various designers who worked closely with him, compiled by costumers Connie Furr and Jan Jewett, with a Foreword by Liberace’s principal designer, Michael Travis. Stacey sold this to Julia Abramoff at HarperDesign.

Michael sold the final three books in Dale Basye’s irreverent middle grade series about naughty children in the afterlife, HECK, to Diane Landolf at Random House Children’s.

WHAT WOULD BRIAN BOITANO MAKE?, written by champion figure skater Brian Boitano, is a cookbook featuring recipes that are fun and accessible to the home cook, much like those exhibited on his television show of the same name and sold by Jane to Lara Asher at Globe Pequot Press.

Jessica then sold THE EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES by Joyce M. Roche and Alxander Kopelman to Neal Maillet at Berret-Koehler. From the former CEO of Girls, Inc, and the first black woman to serve as a corporate officer of a Fortune 500 company, this book is a personal look at her struggle to overcome “the Imposter Syndrome” and gives frank advice to women and minorities how to silence their implacable inner critics and own their own success.

Jane’s next sale was for a new cookbook from the bestselling authors of the ground-breaking, hugely popular Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day series to Pete Wolverton at Thomas Dunne Books as well as a revised edition of the authors’ bestselling original title.  The second book will feature 100 all-new recipes and photos.

Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel’s CHANGING THE WAY WE DIE, the first book to take a sweeping view of the hospice industry and what it means to the Baby Boom Generation was sold by John to Brenda Knight at Viva Editions.

Next, Jane sold Helen Bryan’s WAR BRIDES, a novel that takes place as Britain prepares for war with Germany, focusing on the lives of five young women that are about to collide in the sleepy Sussex village of Crowmarsh Priors to Terry Goodman at Amazon.

John sold author of STREET PHARM and SNITCH Allison van Diepen’s contemporary YA novel THE GAME, about a teen drug dealer who becomes a police informant to get revenge on a gang leader for sending him to juvie, to Jennifer Klonsky at Simon Pulse, with Annette Pollert editing.

Jessica Alexander’s WELCOME BACK TO CIVILIZATION, the story of how a normal American girl who grew up in the sheltering cradle of an upper middle class Connecticut town ends up managing a 24,000-refugee camp in North Darfur was sold by Jane to Meagan Stacey at Crown.

A.J. Hartley’s latest thriller TEARS OF THE JAGUAR brings back protagonist Deborah Miller as she must connect four remarkable events or die trying: The most famous witch trail in English history; the discovery of an underground Mayan tomb in the Mexican jungle; the disappearance of the original English crown jewels in 1649; and a string of murders perpetrated by an arms dealer in pursuit of a high tech weapon. This was sold by Stacey to Andy Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer.

Jessica’s next sale was BEAT THE HEART ATTACK GENE by Bradley Bale, MD, and Amy Doneen, MSN, ARNP, with Lisa Collier Cool. From the creators of the Bale/Doneen Method, “the only totally comprehensive program in the world for the prevention of cardiovascular disease” a book that lays out a life-changing and life-saving protocol for preventing and reversing CVD. This went to Tom Miller at John Wiley & Sons.

Whew! That is a lot going on, and we’re already excited for the new year’s prospects. So, happy holidays and warm wishes, everyone!

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I’ll Begin With A Question

Hello.

First of all, I want to say how honored I am to be a part of DGLM. Jane, Miriam, and Co. have been amazing during my first week; extremely welcoming and immensely helpful. I can’t wait to see where this will take me, and I can’t wait to share it with you as I go along.

Which brings me to the second thing:

This blog is for you, not me. I’d certainly like to rant and rave about the nuances of comic book art and the artistic nature of video games, but I’m here to talk about the things YOU want to talk about, not the things I want to talk about.

So let’s talk. You start.

What do you want to talk about?

PS: I noticed someone asked about what kind of Judaica I’m interested in. If it is philosophical and rooted in Maimonides, send it over.

Welcome, Morris Shamah!

I am delighted to welcome Morris Shamah as the newest member of  the Dystel & Goderich Literary Management team.  Morris joins us today as our royalties manager. He is also going to begin building his own list of clients.

Morris graduated from New York University and previously interned at two literary agencies where he acquired some well rounded experience in our business.  He is interested in thrillers, mysteries, men’s fiction, mainstream super hero illustrated novels and up-market graphic novels.  He is also interested in Judaica.

Please join me in welcoming Morris to our “family.”  And be on the lookout for his first blog post which will be up later this week.

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As these things go

It’s time for the one blog entry I have dreaded writing (well, okay, dreaded more than the others).  I’m sad to say that this will be my last blog post, coming at the end of my last week with DGLM . I’ve decided, after much consideration, to pursue a new opportunity elsewhere in publishing. It wasn’t an easy decision to make—I love the people I work with and I love my clients. I’ve spent the past two years learning from incredibly talented and hard-working individuals, and I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in an industry that continues to interest and fascinate me.

I often think about what would’ve happened if Lauren had never hired me as an intern (i.e., ignored my pestering) or if Jane and Miriam hadn’t extended the offer of a full-time position to me. I’m deeply indebted and grateful to the three of them—they each gave me the opportunities and tools necessary to put my career in motion.

I’ve always said that when moving forward, it’s crucial to remember where you came from and where you’ve been. And I intend to do just that. As I move on to a new challenge, I’ll take with me the lessons learned and the memories shared—DGLM will always be the place where it all started for me.  Finally, thank you, blog readers, sincerely, for the lively discussions, funny comments, and most of all for faithfully reading.