So here I was earlier today, kvetching about whether The Beggar’s Opera would make it on the hotlist for Frankfurt, and right after I hit ‘publish,’ I discovered that, as of September 25, my manuscript appeared online on two websites announcing the agency’s hotlists for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Obviously, my agent wasn’t joking about getting this book on the hotlist, even if it hasn’t yet been picked up. I’m pretty darn excited! (If I could think of a word bigger than ‘excited’, I’d use it. Too excited right now to think of one.)
The first was posted by Shotsmag, “Agents Rodger, Coleridge and White are taking Doll Princess by Tom Benn which is due to be published by Cape in the UK. Set in gangland Manchester in the wake of the IRA bombing. It is said to be the first of a planned series. Also being taken to Frankfurt by them is a Havana based crime novel (also said to be a proposed series) entitled The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair. The Beggar’s Opera was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. It is still on submission in the UK.”
The second is a similar posting on The Bookseller:
“Anne Enright’s follow-up to the Man Booker winner The Gathering is among the titles identified by Rogers, Coleridge and White. … The agency is taking three débuts to the fair. Doll Princess by Tom Benn, published by Cape in the UK next month, is the first of a projected series set in gangland Manchester. The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair, a Havana-set crime novel, is another projected series and on submission in the UK.”
So obviously, even though there’s been radio silence, my wonderful agent has been working away :-).