First, a bit about the book I sold: It’s the story of 14-year-old Ellie Taylor, a Jewish girl who attends speech camp and discovers she’ll have to hide her religion if she wants to win a scholarship to a high school. (And she really wants to win it!) To complicate matters, there’s romantic sizzle with the competition and Ellie’s crazy grandfather is on a quest for the perfect matzoh ball soup.
I found out in July that an editor was interested: Stacy Cantor from Walker Books. She emailed my agent — she loved the story. Yeah, it made my insides all warm and fuzzy, but I wasn’t getting my hopes up. Stacy wasn’t my first. Other editors had professed to love my book, and then left me broken hearted. I’d even done revisions for other houses and then been dumped. I was wary by now.
The truth is, an editor who loves your work is absolutely key. !!!! But this is a business so it takes more than that. Stacy was sold, but now she had to sell it to the Publisher. I guess the publisher is the senior person who says yes or no (But probably not the evil creature with yellow glowing eyes I imagined, who sits on a throne of bones in a shadowed room and tosses unworthy manuscripts onto a fire.)
Weeks later I heard: the publisher said yes.
Yay! Except…wait. Next, it had to survive the sales and acquisition meeting. (I pictured a board room with lots of suits and ties and financial reports with jagged slashing lines.)
More weeks crept by and then: the morning of August 24th. The email from my agent. The big fat amazing YES! Sometimes, love really does work out. Though, in the case of book love, it comes with legal document attached. But more on that later….