Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Books & Such Nashville Office
Weather: As above
Wow! Here I am posting for the last time as an agent on the Books & Such blog site, and I realize for the first time that I can now be a “regular” blogger just like most of you. You see, on December 15, I’ll move into the category of “retired” and am transferring my blogging duties to Books & Such’s newest agent, Mary Keeley, as part of the transition.
I confess that it will be something of a relief not to be posting for a week at each month’s end–no more wondering what blog readers want to know about, what is uppermost on my mind, or what turn the industry is taking at the moment. Looking back, I see that I’ve punched keys about a lot of things–titles, characters, censorship, comics, dogs, idioms, poetry, and series, to name several. And always, trying to be accurate and cogent.
But not posting any more blogs at this site is a bit of a downer as well because I will miss all the stimulating, humorous, and surprising comments you all gave back in our online conversations. You so often made me think deeper about the topic, and many of you shared personal accounts that came from the heart. Thank you.
Recently, Wendy asked me what I would miss most about being an agent, and I knew immediately that it was the connections with people on both sides of the publishing equation. There is such fulfillment in finding just the right publishing home for an author’s work and helping that author go on to write better, publish more, and give great reading experiences to whoever happens to pick up the book or open it up on an e-reader. Being that bridge between author and publisher is exciting business. It also tends to keep one humble.
Of course, I will miss my wonderful cohorts at Books & Such. What a talented and caring crew! Thank heavens that I, like you, can continue to read their words –and yours–on this blog.
Note From Janet: I want to publicly proclaim my thanks to Etta for joining with the Books & Such team three years ago. What a joy it’s been to have her insights, years of publishing experience, kind heart, and Southern humor as part of our group dynamic. For those of you who might not know, Etta has had a fine agenting career that has spanned eighteen years. She’s represented a Caldecott Honor Book (Peppe the Lamplighter), the Elizabeth Orton Jones’ literary estate (Caldecott winner), and Firefighters to the Rescue by Kersten Hamilton, which was selected for use in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
We at Books & Such are proud of our association with Etta and wish her every blessing as she pursues travel, gardening, piano playing, and of course, reading and time with her charming and gentlemanly husband, Amos. We love you, Etta!