Some of you may remember this spring, when I posted this.
And then, lo and behold, I got to post this.
And now, to get to post that I've sold not only one book, but two. Whoa. Amazing. But the story is good, too, and I want to share the pertinent details because it's a bit like a fairy tale, and I have to remind myself that up until this manuscript -this moment - my publishing path has been rocky. I'm one of those overnight success stories who had five manuscripts before this one.
So here goes. If you recall, I was in the fortunate and anxiety-ridden spot of having to choose between brilliant agents. When I'd made my final call and the dust settled, my agent sent me an e-mail from an editor who'd introduced herself to my agent like this - "I had lunch today with an agent who was bemoaning the loss of a client to you and said I absolutely had to be in touch about the manuscript." Pretty cool, right? I didn't know agents did that for each other.
After my agent returned from traditional August vacation to work it was only a few days before I noticed an editor had followed me on Twitter. Whoa. An editor! Following me?
I DM'ed my agent. "Um, there's an editor from Harper Collins stalking me on Twitter." I got an immediate DM back. "She loves your book. So Exciting!" That's how I found out I was on sub. I'd asked to know nothing and nothing I knew. Then I saw Harper Collins IP addresses showing up on my tracker for blog and website and I started to have full frontal freak-outs.
Then my agent e-mailed with an "I've got fun news when can we talk?" e-mail. Um. Now. Like five minutes ago, please.
The editor wanted to talk to me to see if we agreed on revisions and I think just to see if we got along. That's how I ended up having a lovely conversation with Sarah Dotts-Barley during my planning period one day. Mostly we talked about books we loved, the fact that her sister and I went to the same summer camp, and a little bit about my book and her ideas. But it was SO EASY. After our phone call, I really hoped my book would end up with Sarah. (Even if she is an Alabama fan and I'm an Auburn fan)
I won't get into all the nitty-gritty details of subbing and negotiations because a) it's my agent's biz and b)it's my agent's biz, but I ended up with a 2 book-deal with Harper Teen in the hands of an editor who is wild about my book. All in about 3 1/2 weeks. (You are awesome Alexandra Machinist!)
It's awesome. Totally awesome. And I'm so glad y'all have been here for the journey with me. Big hugs. Big love. Big gratitude.