Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Finally Time...

...to announce my good news! Remember that teaser from a couple weeks ago? I can finally tell you what I was talking about!





Wait for it...







wait for it...







 Today I officially signed with a fantastic agent for 
the young adult novel I worked on all last year!

*Pause for celebration, dancing, pinching self, dancing some more...*

I'm proud and thrilled and tickled and ecstatic to announce that I will be represented by the fabulous Annie Bomke of Annie Bomke Literary Agency!!!!!!! I just don't think I could ever put enough exclamation points on that sentence. :) (And if you're an aspiring writer, find her on Twitter at @ABLiterary, where she regularly posts excellent publishing tips using the hashtag #pubtip, as well as query thoughts and other useful writerly tidbits.)

Although this won't guarantee traditional publication, it sure puts me a lot closer to it! My dream has always been to be published--to walk into a brick-and-mortar store and see my book on the shelves, on top of being able to order it through Amazon or wherever--and I fully believe that if this book truly is the right one like we both feel it is, Annie will get it into the right hands and on the shelves. I had a few agents reviewing the manuscript when her offer came in, but ultimately we had the same vision for the book, and she understood it exactly as I'd intended. The fact that she's so approachable, knowledgeable, and professional was just a bonus!

I know my non-writer peeps are thinking, Okay, so I guess this is a big deal...but when does your book come out again? It'll be a while--first it has to be edited, and approved, and sold, and edited again, etc.--but you can bet I'll keep you updated. It takes a lot of work and time and heartache and perching on pins n' needles just to get to this stage, so I'm proud to have gotten this far! (And soooooooo thankful to my wonderful husband, who listened to my annoying, abysmal agonizing for more than a week over each agent reviewing the manuscript, who should I pick, blah blah blah...)

So here's my goal: Baby's due in 3 weeks. I'd love for the manuscript to be out on submission while I'm  in the new-mommy fog of maternity leave, which is a lofty goal--it's very difficult to get edits done right in so short a time. But I'm sure going to try! This is what I've waited for my whole life, and I can't wait to get started!

TJ

P.S. And another teaser... On top of this fantastic news, I'll have more excitement coming on Wednesday during the regular blog post. :)