Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
I’m starting off the new year with something old. Below is the first post ever written for our blog. And since we began the blog the first work day of January 2009, it seemed apropos to take a look back at what we hoped the blog would contribute to writers. Eight years and 2,016 (ironically since we just ended 2016) posts later, I can say that our blog accomplished so much more than we ever dreamed.
As is typical with God, he surprised us, exceeding our expectations of what kind of community could develop. The way you all encourage, pray for, hurt and rejoice with each other is a thing of beauty. You light the way forward for all of us.
Those of us who write the posts deserve no accolades for the caring that takes place here. That belongs to each of you. Thank you for what each of you contribute to this blog.
Now, happiest of new year’s and here’s that first blog post:
I like the idea that, nestled in 2009’s calendar pages, we find newfangledness–the surprise of what’s to come; the anticipation of the unsought good news; the opportunities we can’t see as we crack open the new year’s door.
The word “newfangled” finds its roots in two words: “new” (as if we couldn’t guess that part) and “to take or seize.” Isn’t that what a new year should be about? Seizing the new and pushing forward into uncharted territory?
That’s the stance we’re taking at Books & Such Literary Agency. We’re seizing on technology–twittering, blogging, and other newfangled social networking–to stay connected with those who want to know more about trends in book publishing, the writing life, and sundry other topics such as how to organize your desk, your office, or your life. (I’m eager to read that blog!)
As we launch our “Between the Lines” blog this week, I’ll write a bit about our agency’s distinctives and introduce you to our staff, each of whom will chime in so you can meet them personally. Then I’ll close out the week with tips on how to keep your ’09 writing resolutions, since the year is bound to be full of newfangled ways to avoid what you really want to do.
Each week of the month one of the four agents in our agency will lead the blog conversation, introducing a new topic on Monday. Feel free to dive in with your opinions! After all, the goal is to stay connected. Once a week our in-house publicist will write a blog on Marketing Matters. She’ll offer insights on how to stay in touch with your readers, find new readers, and think about new ways to develop a fan base.
In developing Between the Lines, we thought of it as a sort of magazine. So you’ll find “columns” on the right-hand side as you scroll down. These will include a running commentary on the books we’re each reading; Newsflash, where we’ll keep you up-to-date on publishing news and some of our authors’ accomplishments; the latest twitters from each of us who are involved in that newfangled way to connect; flicker photos of our staff and some of our clients; and even a weather report from our main office’s location in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Welcome to Between the Lines. And remember: Seize the new opportunities inherent in this new year!