On the second day of Christmas (less that Zombie incident, so really the 3rd day, but never mind) the Book World gave to me...
And the notice of a best selling book!
I have a very unusual agent story; I came through a bit of a side door. But what I really want to do here is to throw out a GIANT thank you to Ellen Pepus and Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency. They are opposite on many levels, and strangely, that makes them perfectly suited to the very different genres they represent for me.
Ellen is a lawyer, covering a HUGE part of what I am afraid of in publishing—doing something stupid because of my legalese-aphobia. You see... when I look at anything legal, my mind starts to wander and my eyes cross and I can't absorb ANYTHING—which is pretty darned bad when the consequences can be so huge. She is also calm and meticulous, something that is amazing for me as intermediary between me and my editor (my editor is amazing too, by the way and I luuuurve her... but that doesn't mean I don't want what I send her to be professional). And it is a nice balance for this series that encourages me to be a little nutty, as too nutty might not fly.
And see this fun, energetic, encouraging presence balances the angsty dark part of my work. I know it seems almost counter intuitive, but each of them being them, allows ME to be that side of ME.
So I want to thank them for helping me navigate this strange and changing world!