It happened again recently, where my "real life" had me pretty occupied, yet my "literary life" demanded sudden attention.
Here's the upshot of it, as reported in the Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
Catherine Onder at Disney has acquired debut author R.C. Lewis's Stitching Snow, a sci-fi YA thriller due out in summer 2014. In the book, a royal teen runaway is scraping together a living in a mining settlement on the far side of the universe, until she is discovered and "rescued" against her will. Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the two-book, six-figure pre-empt.
Mind = boggled ... maybe even scrambled Saturday-morning-egg style.
Thanks to friends who'd been through the process before me, I'd been prepared for the long slog of submissions. More months of waiting, more rejections, maybe some close calls where we didn't quite get through acquisitions. Even when we had whispers of possible good news, my stupendous agent was great about keeping me grounded. Yay, step in the right direction! But nothing's guaranteed.
I was ready for that, I think. But I was very fortunate things fell into place just as they did. Maybe I just shouldn't bother having expectations anymore, because nothing ever turns out quite as I expect.
I'm beyond grateful to Jennifer for everything she's done and continues to do. She pushes me in just the right ways. I also have amazing critique partners. Big group-hug to everyone at AgentQuery Connect. Mindy in particular (Yo, BBC!) has talked me off the ledge more than once. (You know the ledge ... the one every writer visits now and then that says, "I Can't Do This!")
So, what does this all mean?
It means it's time to get to work.
*rolls up sleeves*