I walked outside my house this morning, just to make sure, and yep. I was right. Hell had not frozen over.
I glanced over at my neighbors house, and nope, cats and dogs weren't living together.
As a final courtesy, I turned around in front of a full length mirror. And nope. Monkeys were not flying out of my bum.
Apparently I can get a book published before all of these things happen. Which brings me to my news...
Did you get that? If you read between the lines, it says:
HARPER COLLINS (Balzer & Bray imprint) BOUGHT MY BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
Not only that, they bought THREE BOOKS!!!!!
As in, A TRILOGY!!!!!!!
Here's the announcement in Publishers Weekly:
To the Underworld and Back Again
Agent Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich closed a three-book deal with Kristin Daly at Balzer + Bray, selling North American rights in a pre-empt for a YA paranormal romance by debut author Brodi Ashton. The first book in the deal, The Ever'neath, is partially based on the Greek myth of Persephone: a 17-year-old who's been banished to the underworld escapes to her former earthly existence with her family and boyfriend. The catch is that she only has six months in the real world before being sent back to Hades, this time forever. Book one is tentatively scheduled for winter 2012.
Here's how it all went down (which makes it sound like something out of The Godfather, but it's totally not):
1. Michael invited representatives from the heads of the main publishing families to read the manuscript. They got it on a Monday.
2. After a day and a half, I sent a crazy-a** email to Michael, titled "I'm a Patient Person" and then explaining all the many ways I'm not a patient person, and asking why we hadn't heard anything.
I felt like Jane Austen's Emma, constantly checking her mailbox and exclaiming, "Why do they not write?!!"
3. Michael sent me an email, saying, "It hasn't even been 48 hours yet. Stop sending me missives*."
*Disclaimer: I don't know if he actually used the word "missives". It just seemed appropriate.
4. Shortly after Michael sent that email, he called me and took it all back. Apparently 48 hours is exactly long enough for Balzer & Bray to send us an offer we couldn't refuse.
So I told Michael, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli" because every good offer comes with a large container of cannoli.
I kissed Michael's ring, and then he was off to accept the deal.
I still can't believe it all finally happened, and I recognize there are so many little outside factors that helped me get to this point. So many people to thank, but for now, I want to thank all of you blog readers. Yes, you. And you. I love everyone!!!