JUADSOL!!!! (Jumping up and down screaming out loud!)
Now that it has been announced in Publisher's Marketplace, it's official and I can announce it to the world:
November 4, 2010
Jennifer Shaw Wolf's debut TIGERSEYE, about a young woman healing from the car crash that killed her boyfriend while hiding the truth of their relationship, to Mary Kate Castellani at Walker, in a nice deal, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency (World).
I'm still kind of in shock, but I think this means...
1) People other than my husband/sisters/mother/daughter/friends will be reading my book. TIGERSEYE will be going out into the world!
2) Someone is willing to pay me to write. (Which is the coolest, most incredible thing in the world!)
There are a million thank yous I should make to the people who got me here. These are just a few...
The most amazing husband in the world, my web designer, photographer, and biggest supporter! Love you, David!
My totally amazing agent for picking me out of the slush pile (query her, she's incredible) Sara Megibow and everyone at Nelson Literary.
Mary Kate Castellani and Walker Books for loving my work enough to take it on. I can't wait to work with you!
My awesome sister, Kristin Amrine for her many reads and long phone calls.
My incredible sister-in-law, mentor, coach, editor, and "tough love" advisor author Angela Morrrion.
My inspirational family--my kids, Mom and Dad who taught me that I could do anything, my brothers and sisters-in-law who read for me.
Greatest critique group in the world--Val (totally awesome freelance editor!), Sarah, Blessy, Joan, and Michele (even though she's leaving us to explore the wilds of Costa Rica.)
Ann Gonzales and the writing prompt that made the wheels in my head start to turn.
My darling niece, Ashley who started me on this journey with e-mails like, "Is there any more of the story?" and "Can you write faster?"
And to my writing organizations SCBWI, Western Washington SCBWI, South Sound SCBWI, and ANWA for the support and information!
Okay, I know I'm not receiving an Academy Award, and I know I have a lot of work still ahead of me. I know this is just the beginning. But it's a beginning that is a long way from where I started.
I have a lot to be thankful for.