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WE’RE BACK ON THE LITERARY TRAIN

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 3 September 2015

reading-on-a-trainWe’re back, and with us, our books, which I hope has not disappeared from your holidays because they are great companions. This summer I tried to read a book for pleasure, not for work, but ultimately it is the same because you always learn something. I read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and I loved it. I’ve read in two days, and I understand that it has been one of the best sellers of the summer, so I recommend it and I congratulate the editors who have believed in it.

My other readings have been “for work”, but they have also been a pleasure, because I read some of the books we will publish this fall or next spring, and I’m excited because they are all good novels, with character, with a powerful plot, well-established authors that are going to give us pleasant surprises. I am sure of it!

And although this year is the 13 I’ve been dedicated to the agency, yet, when I read my authors’ novels, I still get excited. I see that the novel has potential and start to dream awake with what we need to do to make it travel to all possible countries, to get excited readers everywhere.

It could seem ridiculous that still feel that illusion, but in our profession, difficult and costly as it is, if you lose illusion, you lose everything. Therefore, I love having that itch of impatience, as of little girl, every time I finish a novel and see a lot of good things in it. This summer I have felt this illusion with every novel I have read, and I am happy to come back to the office, and I have many ideas to help my authors and their novels to reach their final destination, the reader anywhere in the world.

We’ll try to win, with determination and working hard. It is not easy among so many books, but nobody said it was easy, so with charged batteries and very good humor and enthusiasm, we are back. This year novels will guide us to emblematic places in Barcelona, there are ​​real stories that will captivate us, all kinds of love stories, realistic and epic young adult novels, and some literary surprise that will make us finish the year with a lot of work. We can’t wait to share with you every novelty.

So, we are back on the train, the adventure begins again with that illusion and that smile that characterizes us. Happy rentrée!  We hope that you continue to hunt for the best novels. They help us to be happier. I have no doubt!

“An eternal illusion, or at least often reborn in the human soul, is very close to being a reality.” Andre Maurois

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY READINGS!

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 23 July 2015

libros playaThis week I’m going on vacation, the agency will close the day 31, but this will be my last blog until September. Then we will return with the same enthusiasm as ever!
We love and wnjoy our job, but we all need a break. This year’s temperatures in Spain are extremely high and July is being a hard month. Plus the market is still “weird” and we must do our job with care and precision so that everything goes as we have planned.

However, the SB team doesn’t give up, even though we are always thinking how to do new things, innovate and reinvent this market that every day is more reduced, and where to stay is complicated. But we like challenges, so we’re happy with one of our new flagship projects: an online writing course with Francesc Miralles, only 30 vacancies. The course will introduce to the world of writing in 100 minutes. Easy and transparent.

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Francesc Miralles is a luxurious teacher, a consolidated author that has led to great literary discoveries, as we all know.

We will be out of the office for four weeks, and we’ll return with a smile, which characterizes us, with batteries charged, to face the end of the year. I want to thank the whole SB team for their work, which is much, I assure you, and for the good humor that always permeates the agency to reach the objectives, and also to thank those who read this blog and listen to the recommendations we make every week. Without you this would not make any sense. So, to wish you a great holiday, I leave a video that we made with love to remind you that books are the best traveling companions.


Our Facebook and Twitter will be active during holidays, because the network can’t be stopped. See you in September, we will climb this mountain and we will reach our goal, I have not any doubt!

HAPPY SUMMER, AND HAPPY READINGS!

Life is better with a book, I don’t doubt it. And you?

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away
Emily Dickinson.

Sandra Bruna

A WORD: ILLUSION

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 16 July 2015

ILUSIONThis heat is killing us. We already knew that July is a very tough month; it seems that the batteries are coming to an end. My table is full of things to do, but my body needs a rest. All of us are already envisioning the holidays, so deserved, but at the same time the business is still rolling and needs to be fed. We have to sell because this wheel does not stop and, if it does, it means we’re dead. We have to make the final sprint, draw strength from anywhere to close everything and then, enjoy the sea, the mountains or the couch at home.

The course is long and this year, for us, is hard. The market is crazy and therefore it is difficult to predict what will happen. So decisions are complicated and everything seems to cost twice than before. All of this leaves you with the feeling that you are climbing a high mountain. However, there is a magic word that always works here: illusion. And it may seems ridiculous, but I still believe that enthusiasm and willingness move mountains. Therefore, I’m sure that a little magic light will help us overcome the end of the year. Playing as a team, and here we are a team, without stop working, the results will arrive. You have to build your own winning streak. Here we do not stop opening new fronts, so even though the world keeps churning, the heat does not leave us breathe and the market is crazy, here we our motto is “we do not live in dreams, but makes our life an illusion”, and we will close the annual course with our objectives fulfilled. I’m sure.

My recommendation today cannot be other than the biography of Pepe Mujica, written by Allan Percy, author of several bestsellers, published by Ediciones B. Mujica is a different man who has been more a philosopher than a politician and has managed to become president of a country that came from a harsh dictatorship. An interesting and inspiring book for those who are Quixotes and fight for their ideals. I am sure that illusion is also part of his life strategy.

“It’s good to live as you think because otherwise you will think as you live.” Pepe Mujica.

Sandra Bruna

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 9 July 2015

pasillo estrecho librosSometimes I would like to live in another world. Yes, yes, I’m serious. There are too many things I do not like in this, and lately I have accumulated quite a list. All of us have to learn to believe that we can do something to improve this society and that we have to live in a new paradigm, not closed in the old world. It will not be easy, but it is not impossible. We must believe that every one of us can provide some seed, something to help make things better. Lurking and waiting is not the solution. Although sometimes everything looks so complicated that we dream about going into that parallel world where beauty is build and not destroyed. Everything is in the eye of the beholder, and therefore we must fight for a better world, recover the good values and good habits. One, as reading, is essential for growth in all aspects.

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A MAGICAL PLACE WHERE WE CAN MEET AGAIN

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 2 July 2015

GREGORIO-MORALES_VILLENALast week was a week to forget. There are times when you would throw in the towel and say “enough is enough!”, but I cannot do that, I depend on my job and furthermore, despite everything, I love my job. I must confess that neither San Juan’s break, where thanks to my friends and family I had a few hours of rest and even laughter, made the week better. When the 24th we received an email where we were reported the death of Gregorio Morales, I could not believe it. It was the straw that broke the camel.

Gregorio was at the agency for about three years and from the first day he walked in the door, he stole our hearts, both Joan’s and mine. We saw in him a great person, and when we read what he brought us, we saw a great writer. What more could anyone want? From the distance, he lived between Granada and Madrid and we are in Barcelona, we always felt close. Gregorio followed this blog and encouraged me with his comments; he sent nice and human emails, even though we were having a hard time to find a publisher for his novel. He was sure we would get it, and I tried it all, but no one could understand his novel the way Joan and me did, until Max Lacruz read it, thanks to Gregorio himself, not me. Then he passed the baton to me, and we got it. It is an honor that an editor as Max, who defends a small and very prestigious publishing house, saw the novel the way we all did. Funambulista is publishing the novel. I gave Gregorio the big news, it was a joy that we could shared with him, and we made an appointment to sign the contract face to face and to hug and say “we did it, my friend.”

But fate kept a trick and Gregorio could not sign the contract. Life is unfair, I cannot think otherwise, and with the help of Max, we’ll try to publish the novel in honor of his memory. He cannot touch it, but he will look at it from above, because I’m sure he will be one of the biggest stars in the sky, and he will keep a small space to meet again at that place where there is only goodness, and there we will meet again and will hug and have that moment that life has denied us. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities” William Arthur Ward

Sandra Bruna



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