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Appreciation to the farmer
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Several years ago when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough interest to propel the book into an auction similar to my first one. At HarperCollins, which is housed in a high rise building near Fifth Avenue, we were shown into a glass-walled conference room where we sat down, waiting for the editorial and marketing folks to come in. "You'll have something in common with this editor," my agent said.