I have sold my first book. Scholastic plans to publish it in the Fall of 2010. I’m still walking around as though I’ve stumbled into some alternate reality, where everything looks the same, but at the same time kind of doesn’t.
So, a little background on the deal.
Back in January, I posted about signing with my agent. Since that post, he and I have been working on revisions to my book, trimming and tightening the manuscript. I’ve heard of some writers agonizing over that part of the process, but it was a great experience for me. My agent had wonderful suggestions and insights, and I’d been away from active writing on the story long enough that I had some perspective on it. It made it easy to say, “Oh, yeah. That needs to go.” BALEETED!
So come March, we felt like the book was ready to venture out into the wide, wide world to look for a home. My agent started pitching it on March 2nd, and we had interest from several publishers right away. He sent the book to Scholastic on the 4th, and received an encouraging email from them a few days later. And then the weekend came. During this time I was an obsessive wreck, checking my email every chance I could, jumping every time the phone rang, the whole while telling myself that we probably wouldn’t hear anything for at least a couple of weeks, likely more. But on Monday, my agent emailed me to say that Scholastic intended to make a pre-emptive bid some time that week, and then he called me on Tuesday the 10th with their offer.
That’s when everything changed, really. That phone call was the moment.
The time frame here is unusual, and completely unexpected. Scholastic made the offer just shy of a week after receiving the manuscript. That just shows that my agent knew exactly who to send the book to. I’m very appreciative of that, and I’m very happy with my editor, the wonderful writer Lisa Sandell. I spoke with her on the phone a few days later, and felt reassured that I had someone who loves my book. I think Scholastic will be a perfect home for it.
So if you see me, and I’m looking a little stunned, a little shell-shocked, with a ridiculous smile on my face, it’s because I still don’t know quite where I’ve landed. I think it might take a while to settle in.