(I can't wait until Monday to blog about this...what was I thinking??)
So the news is, I SOLD MY BOOK!!!! Two books, even!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's the official word:
Debut novelist, Holly Cupala’s tentatively titled, A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT, about seventeen-year-old Miranda’s unexpected pregnancy and her gripping journey to navigate the labyrinth of her bad-girl sister Xanda’s life, unravel the mystery of her death, and free herself in the process, to Catherine Onder at HarperCollins, in a pre-empt, by Edward Necarsulmer IV at McIntosh & Otis. (NA excluding China)
The call came about 10 minutes before we had to run out the door to the airport to the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles (wow, I never realized the city actually sparkles...is it just me?).
My agent, who had me at "wow" and has consistently blown me away with his awesomeness, had been in negotiations all week. Up until Thursday morning, all I was allowed to do if someone asked (since, er, I've never been terribly good at keeping my own secrets) was to smile and say, "There are things in the works." Uh huh, yeah. (Those of you who know me can stop rolling on the floor laughing now.)
And then, there it was. A two-book pre-empt offer. And I couldn't refuse because...well...it's Catherine Onder, editor of one of my very favorite recent books (rgz diva Justina Chen Headley said, "It's your snow book editor! Tell me you got your snow book editor!"), The White Darkness, winner of the 2008 Printz Award. I am in awe.
Then there was the issue of the title, Brimstone Soup, which is really cool but didn't actually say anything about the book. So I came up with a new one and pitched it to Edward, who said, "That sounds so Morrissey," and I said, "There is a light that never goes out," (a Smiths song) and we both went, "-gasp-" and suddenly, there we had it:
A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
I hope we get to keep it because it is so, so perfect on so many levels. Here's a vid of it:
Oh, and then at the conference, there were all kinds of incredible people and friends and pink cosmos and craziness, all coated with that aforementioned state of glitteriness. I think I'll blog about it Monday, after I get back from the Dude Ranch Family Reunion.
All I have to say is, YEEEEEEEHAAAAAW!!!