It happened yesterday. I was ditching a staff meeting at work by hanging out at home and monitoring my calls when my agent Steve Mancino called me yesterday morning. "We have an offer." Four of the nicest words in the English language. It can be revealed at last that St. Martin's Press has made a deal for VEIL OF LIES! Even though the erstwhile first book in the series CUP OF BLOOD was rejected by St. Martin's, the editor remembered the characters and "couldn't get them out of his head." I had only just put the finishing touches on a revision of VEIL (the second book, now the first), and sent it off to Steve at JABberwocky when the editor called him and asked about me. Pow! I was certainly floored by that. I mean, even though I knew that these characters were great and that readers will love them (some already do, like Cornelia Read, Kat Richardson, Margaret Frazer, to name a few) it's still great to have an editor behind it.
On top of that, it will be coming out in hardcover and released in the fall of 2008! I couldn't be more pleased. I really wanted to give this series a home at St. Martin's and now it's going to be happening.
And none of it would have happened without my fabulous Vicious Circle, my critique buddies of Ana Brazil, Bobbie Gosnell, and Laura James. And of course, a supurb agent who never lets me get away with anything.
So that's nineteen novels, fourteen years, and four agents later. Sheesh! That's what it takes to be an overnight success?