I didn’t realize that we didn’t announce this, but Kate 8 has a title – MAGIC SHIFTS. Here is how the title came to be chosen.
Me: Dear Anne, Please find enclosed 20 pages of MAGIC HOPEFULLY SENDS OLDEST DAUGHTER TO COLLEGE.
Anne (editor): Love it. I’ve got some title ideas from the copy department so once I read through this I’ll send you some to consider that I think fit best.
Me: We only have one request: So far we had Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Bleeds, and Magic Breaks. Maybe Magic Some other letter that’s not B?… 😀
Anne: I will do my best to accommodate that request. I think at least some of the ideas started with something other than “B”. 🙂
Anne: What do you think about MAGIC SHIFTS as the title? Of the ones on the copy department’s list, I thought it worked well with the idea that in this book things are changing from the status quo (and it does not start with a “B”, per your request, Ilona!).
Nancy (agent): yes, & because MAGIC TICKS is maybe a little too challenging!
So there you go. It’s not MAGIC TICKS. 🙂
I’ve got a question for you: have you ever worked with a virtual assistant? I’ve read this article about a virtual assistant service, but the problem is, my needs would be a little more specific. I need someone to manage the pro Twitter account, sift through business and fan correspondence coming in through the website, pull quotes from positive reviews, post those positive reviews here and Facebook (or send them to me so I can post them), etc. I do things like forget to respond to interview requests and it would be nice if someone sent them to me with “Hey, reply to this email, you twisted goon.” I also want to avoid the knee jerk reactions to emails that accuse me of weird things. Most of the email I get are actually really nice. But you know how it goes, you get one email that makes you see red and then you can’t work for a week.
I have some options available to me, such as I could call down to a local college and see if they want to send me an intern, but I’m not sure what value I can offer to an intern. Because it wouldn’t be about writing, it would be more about publicity and fan interaction.
So have you used someone? How did it go?