Back to Talking About ME

O…M…G… did you READ all those comments from Friday’s post??? What fun! Y’all are so entertaining… you should be, like, writers or something. (If you haven’t read them, scroll down and do it NOW.)

So I guess the little mixer was a success, what with all the chatting going on. I’ve read all your comments two or three times through, and have a few things to say:

-Yes, poets count as authors. -Those of you who prefer Diet Coke over coffee… hey, I love me a good Diet Coke. It’s the only soda I drink. -Wow there are a lot of hot chocolate drinkers out there! -Emily, did you have your baby yet? -Pam, I love your reality show title, American Midol. -To everyone breathlessly awaiting American Idol with me… you ROCK. -Mikki, you are HILARIOUS. -Those of you who are stalking me… thanks for admitting it. Those of you who aren’t… now you’ve really hurt my feelings. -I love how so many people copped to loving reading more than writing. So do I. -Erastes, there should be some special kind of prize for you. I’ve never heard of anyone who’s never stepped foot in a Starbucks.

And just because I was feeling kind of left out of my own party, here are my answers:

→When I’m not writing, I’m trying to help writers achieve their dreams.

→I’m published, agented, always hopeful… and stalking other bloggers.

→What I love about books? Reading them! What drives me crazy is I’ll never be able to read them all.

→Folgers? Not familiar with it.

→LOVE the beach, born and raised there. LOVE the mountains, live in the shadow of the Rockies now.

→I run, walk, work out at the gym, and occasionally sit on the couch sans the bag of Cheetos. Microwave popcorn is more my style.

→Wish AI and LOST would start already!

→A $25,000 advance? Well, once I take off 15% for my agent…

→Twitter: The jury’s still out.

→Kindle: Revolutionized my life. I’d marry it if I weren’t already married.

→How many pictures do 80,000 words paint? Listen up, folks. Your 80,000 words had better paint me one absolutely amazing picture. (I never said there weren’t any “right” answers to this quiz.)

→Occasionally I daydream that I’d written The DaVinci Code, because then I’d be rich, and my writing talent or lack thereof would no longer matter.

→Honestly, I couldn’t care less about prepositions. Does it sound good? Is it the right word at the right time? Does it serve the overall work? That’s what I care about.

→ Carmen Sandiego, Waldo, J. D. Salinger… who wrote these questions, anyway?

→My favorite authors are… all my clients. You know who you are!

→My life as a reality show: The Amazing Pace

Rachelle Gardner is a Christian literary agent with WordServe Literary Group in Colorado.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Emily Ryan on March 23, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    >I just had to comment again because you asked… YES! I did have my baby! (perfect little boy named Canaan) And now, only two-and-a-half months later, I’m finally re-entering the world of writing and catching up on my writing blogs! 🙂

  2. Rachel on January 12, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    >Oh I see. I extrapolated from a comment like “working with music execs,” and I filled in an entire musical history for you in my mind. HAHAHA.

  3. Jessica on January 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    >Ooh, thanks for more info to add to my file on you.


    I’m just kidding. PROMISE!

    Thanks for the questions on Friday. It was fun to read about every one.

  4. Lady Glamis on January 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    >I’ve never tasted coffee in my life. Does that top it all? 🙂

    I really enjoyed your post. I love the beach, too, and live in the shadow of the Rockies. I’d prefer the beach, though… gotta wait for the hubby to finish school so we can move. Something tells me I’ll miss the mountains, though…

  5. Mark H. on January 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    >Thanks for giving us the opportunity to have some fun! The comments (and your answers)were an enjoyable read.

  6. Rachelle on January 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    >Rachel, I was in the TV biz, not music, but I did work on shows like the Billboard Music Awards.

  7. Rachel on January 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    >Hey Rachelle,

    When you were in the music biz, did you work with pop artists or indie folks, or classical or what? With your unconditional love of Idol, it makes me think you worked with Pop. Am I right?

  8. Hillary on January 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    >As an agent, do you ever peruse Christian Manuscript Submissions? Do you recommend the service, or do you feel it is a poor use of resources?

  9. Tracy on January 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    >This was fun to read! Thanks for sharing all this great and fun info about yourself. Blessings!

  10. lynnrush on January 12, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    >So, Twitter jury is still out, huh? Yeah, I love FaceBook much more than twitter.

    Thanks for these questions, they were great, it was fun getting to know the others reading your blog.

  11. Rachel on January 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    >So…how exactly do you win The Amazing Pace? Because I think I accidentally became a contestant sometime after I had my third child, and I’d like to forfeit…but no one will let me…so the prize better be good….

  12. Rachelle on January 12, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    >Gwen, I’ll think about my grammar pet peeves. Maybe I’ll write a post about them.

    Richard, long before I was an agent working with Greg, he was my agent. So if I needed an agent for writing (assuming I somehow found the time to write), he’d still be my agent.

  13. Richard Mabry on January 12, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    You say you’re “agented.” It’s said that a doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient. Do you represent your own work (when you have time to produce any) or do you have an agent?

  14. Karen on January 12, 2009 at 7:07 AM

    >Enjoyed your answers. Very insightful to a stalker like me 😉

  15. Timothy Fish on January 12, 2009 at 6:30 AM

    >I’ve never been in a Starbucks either. I’ve never tasted their coffee either. When they start serving Folgers I might consider going, but they seem over priced to me.

  16. Gwen Stewart on January 12, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    >Rachelle, great answers given at an Amazing Pace, of course!

    Less than 48 hours ’til Idol. The Stewarts are giddy just watching the many previews. We all burst into a rousing chorus of “You Are My Brother” last night in anticipation. I hope one of the singers inspires Paula to dance again.

    Good to know that the occasional dangling preposition doesn’t make you cry or scream. So…do you have a grammar pet peeve?

    Have a great week!