Edgar Week Day Two: Agents & Editors & Cameraphones

I wasn’t able to attend the Symposium (damn deadlines) but Anthony Rainone makes mention of it in his Edgar Week post, and by all accounts I heard that the panels were uniformly terrific – especially Charles Ardai’s interview of Stephen King. I also heard that the $90 price tag didn’t necessarily apply to a few lucky folks who managed to sneak their way through to some of the proceedings…

After arriving at 59th and Lex and chatting with various folks (including Chris Mooney, Tim Maleeny, Judy Bobalik and my dinner dates) it was time for the Agents & Editors party…which seemed to have a high proportion of published authors. One was PBO nominee Naomi Hirahara, understandably excited about her newest project – a middle-grade novel for Delacorte (and, as she pointed out, her first hardcover) which will be published a year or so from now. She introduced me to her agent, Sonia Pabley, who’s acclimating herself to her new surroundings. Steve Hockensmith and I had the longest conversation since approximately 2005, and Julia Spencer-Fleming introduced me to Meredith Cole, who will be announced next week as the latest winner of the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic debut novel competition. The book, set in and around Williamsburg and featuring a photographer heroine, sounds like something I’ll be looking out for upon publication.

And so we come to tonight, everyone dressed in their finery. Can’t wait.