Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Get me, I'm givin' out wings!

Yes, that's what all those bells are you're hearing: me giving out wings. Or kisses under the mistletoe, if you prefer, 'cause there's not a Nargle in sight. (Um, you are all hearing those bells, aren't you? Hello?)

If you read my last post, you know I was expecting a phone call. Now, I've read other writers' posts about "The Call" with much trepidation. What the heck were they all talking about for an hour or more?? I am not a phone person. I hate the phone. The phone might as well be a Nargle.

But somehow, I spent over an hour on the phone with the aforementioned agent, and I didn't even notice how much time had gone by. I can't tell you how awesome it is to talk to someone who loves your book. (Really; even when my betas love my books, though they can't get me a publishing deal, it's just awesome. I my betas.)

Writers are a largely narcissistic lot (yeah, I know, you're shocked), but we are, for the most part, weirdly introverted narcissists. If we weren't, I guess we'd just put lampshades on our heads and dance a jig on your table. (And perhaps some of us have; I'm not going to be the one to break the secret oath of the writers' vory v zakone. Oh, crap. Did I just write that out loud?) But instead we scribble in silence, hunched over the notebooks tucked into our Bibles in church (um, maybe that was just me), and then hope someone will ask what we're doing. (But not our parents. At least not in church. At least not what I was writing.) And then when that poor someone takes the bait, we haunt them forever: "But I've rewritten the first chapter again. It's so much better now. C'mon! Read it!"

(Wow; look at all the semicolons and parenthetical clauses and sentences starting with conjunctions in this thing! And exclamation points! Aw, who cares! I have an agent!)

Yes, you read that right. I have an agent: Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency has signed me. And she squeed, you guys. Let me quote from her email: "SQQQUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!" I kid you not. I have an awesome agent, who squees! :D


  1. SOOOOOOOOOOO excited for you! I am beyond thrilled. You and your demons deserve it!!

  2. :D Thank you so much! I wouldn't have gotten this far without you. :)

  3. Squuuuuueeeeeeeeee!

  4. Totally sqeeeeeeeeeing on the inside. Yup.

  5. That's awesome! My aunt is published. I feel like a famewhore. Now I MUST go out and read some of your work. I might even wrap some up, slap a bow on it and send it to my mother for Christmas. HAH! Oh, and I love you for putting Jaqueline Carey as an influence. She has plot and sex, but I bet your books are better. ;)

  6. Okay, I'm going to take a leap here and guess that Lilskeefor20 is Alicia? LOL. I'm sitting here going, why do I care about your aunt? Who *are* you? ;)

    I adore Jacqueline Carey, and can only hope mine is half as good as hers. It's shorter, I can say that much. Heh. And strangely, hers has a lot more sex. I've tried to distance my fantasy style from my erotica style.

    Go here to read a teaser about the characters in my novels: http://www.janekindred.com/2010/07/25/malchik-a-demon-porn-teaser/ The post title is a tad misleading...I can't tell you how many hits my blog has accidentally gotten from Russians looking for hardcore demon porn. :D

  7. That is really awesome! I take it the hiatus is because you're busy revising?

  8. I can't believe I just saw this. So SO happy for you!! Congratulations, Betty =) I hope by now you are chin deep in planning and plotting who is going to snatch up that work of yours and get you on a shelf! Or, you know, on my iPad.

  9. Thanks, David and Kelly! :)

    Yikes, I've been remiss on this blog, haven't I? Time for an update.