Yes, my life is filled with ups and downs just like anybody else's.
But lately the good news just keeps coming. And coming.
Waking up to my email? It's become the sweetest addiction of the best kind.
First up: I am pleased to announce I have an agent- the wonderful Jennifer Barclay. Jen is everything I've been looking for in an agent. She has over twenty years of publishing experience. She's an editor and a writer too (check out her memoir, FALLING IN HONEY, available now in the UK/Europe and coming soon to the US via Sourcebooks in March '14!) She understands what we authors have to go through. She's sweet, smart, funny, and communicative. Plus, thanks to the conversation we had last week over SKYPE, she's seen me without make-up and my hair in a messy ponytail. (I wasn't expecting a video chat. And I should have know better. Always expect the unexpected!)
I was looking for somebody I could be myself around, who didn't put me on edge, or turn me into a stuttering mess. I was also looking for somebody who could provide me with the direction I desperately needed when it came to my writing career. Jen is all THAT and a bag of chips. I'm really looking forward to working with her. Huzzah! Yep, I'm one lucky gal!
Speaking of luck, I do have some book news. Big book news. Huge book news. A few weeks ago I blogged about the recent sale of my memoir to Fiona Henderson at Random House Australia.
Well, Random House Australia has chosen ten books to highlight next year. My memoir, SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS, is one of the ten. I wouldn't believe it myself if I didn't have picture proof! See! See! Also, I have my first blurb! Thank you, Fiona. (I'm sure I'll be thanking you over and over and over again!)
You can read more about the RANDOM TEN program here. I am fiercely proud and stunned and excited to be included in this new initiative. So, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to chant my mantra.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
Thank you for letting me share my good news! Perseverance and hard work really does pay off in the end!
I am Seabiscuit.