Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I bought a book!

Well, it's been announced and many a friend has emailed to congratulate me, so I suppose it's safe to share this news with all of you now too.

Earlier this month, I made my first acquisition. It's such an exciting thing for me to proclaim and I almost feel a little guilty that I'm still mentioning it (even though I specifically waited to post it until I knew it was out there in the world). The floaty feelings have been coming in and going out every so often (usually when a new person mentions it and asks me about it). As giddy as I've been, I've been trying to maintain a level of professionalism amidst the glee. We mustn't make ourselves unworthy of such an accomplishmen, whilst celebration said accomplishment.

So for those who haven't heard and are interested in what I bought, here is the announcement:

April 9, 2008
Children's: Young Adult
Jennifer Brown's debut HERO, an emotionally charged story of alienation in the aftermath of a tragic school shooting, told from the point of view of the shooter's girlfriend, who is equal parts hero, victim and unwitting accomplice, to T.S. Ferguson at Little, Brown Children's, at auction, by Cori Deyoe at 3 Seas Literary Agency.

It's such an amazing book and I fell instantly in love with it. I am lucky to have such great mentors, especially my wonderful boss, who guided me in the right direction when I came in on a Monday and said, "I just read this and I HAVE to have it!" It's also a testament to networking. I had never met the agent who was representing this project. She was referred to me by another agent who I had met, and who I had developed a connection with. It was such a great combination of good project, good timing, good connections, fast readers, and good advice. And now I get to work on this project that I love so much, and my mind is already wandering to all of the great things I can do for it beyond the editing process. Who can I query for blurbs, what comp titles should I read, what will the cover look like.

It's a great feeling, and of course a little scary. But mostly great. And I wanted to share it all with you, my friends and readers (who should feel free to comment so I know who is out there -- I'm not sure who still reads this now that I've been MIA for a while).

Stay tuned for more coming up. There are a few discussion points I wanted to post about, but haven't had the chance to yet. Those will be coming up and they will encourage commenting, so keep your eyes peeled.


Anonymous said...

I still read via RSS, so I always know when there's a new post without having to check. Congrats on the acquisition! It's such a great feeling, isn't it? That first acquisition is just such a milestone. I inherited several books that I edited before making my first acquisition, but that first book that you got to choose is just different.

T.S. said...

THanks! It really is a great feeling. I reassured some of my boss's authors that I was still there for them as well, but that they had a new author-cousin to welcome to the family. HEHEHE!

Nathan Bransford said...

Congratulations! Thanks for stopping by my blog -- hope to see you around.

alex milway said...

Excellent stuff! It must be so exciting to get to do that! What power!

Diana Lee said...

Hello! It's especially interesting to read what an editor writes on his blog, and reporting such happy news. Congratulations! It's also interesting to me since I will meet you tomorrow night with others from NJSCBWI during the First Page session.
Diana Patton

Karen McQ. said...

How nice to hear from an editor that the excitement of a book acquisition goes both ways.

Congratulations to you and your new author!

Zoraida said...

Yeah Yeah Yeah!

You'll be rewarded with an awesome slumber party w/ me and the Boss.

You don't LJ blog anymore =(

It's okie. I still do. love love love <3

Mermaid Tales said...

blogger SUCKS it deleted my old blog. whatevz. this is my new one. Aracely is my middle name <3


Barrie said...

Congratulations to you and Jennifer Brown. The premise sounds great.

I like the idea that an editor can be as excited about a sale as the author. :)