A few weeks ago I mentioned that I wouldn’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year due to some super secret news that I’d be sharing eventually. Well, I’m finally able to tell you all.
My screwball fantasy (I’m coining this term) novel, DEATH BEAR AND THE SNUGGLE OF DOOM, has been picked up by JABberwocky literary agency and is currently on its way out to publishing houses for submission.
What does this mean? For those of you not familiar with the publication process, it means I have agency representation as an author. They act as intermediaries on my behalf to sell my novel to publishing houses (like Penguin Random House, Tor, Harper Collins, etc). Most publishing houses will not consider manuscripts unless represented by an agent.
Who is JABberwocky? If you’ve heard of Brandon Sanderson (MISTBORN, WHEEL OF TIME), Myke Cole (SHADOW OPS), Peter V. Brett (THE WARDED MAN), or Charlaine Harris (TRUE BLOOD/SOUTHERN VAMPIRE MYSTERIES), you’ve heard of JABberwocky literary agency. They are a small group of the finest and most respected agents in the science fiction and fantasy genre, representing many New York Times Bestsellers – and now, me!
What the f@#^ is a DEATH BEAR? DEATH BEAR AND THE SNUGGLE OF DOOM is a story about an Evil Lord (certified under the Evil Lord’s Union) who is bested by the Six Wizards of Wobbleton in an epic battle over the city. The result? His soul gets stuffed into a teddy bear, and a six year old girl who believes him to be the reincarnation of her dead grandfather absolutely loooovvvessss him. To get his body (and his powers) back, he’ll have to contend with clowns, wizards, pancake chefs and tea parties. And believe me; that's not easy.
To be honest with you, I’m still feeling a little bit dazed over this whole thing. Joshua Bilmes, the president, and I met at WORLDCON 2012, and since then we’ve been in contact. I’d only passed one manuscript to him previously, but the unique story behind this acquisition is that Joshua isn’t the one who read DEATH BEAR. He emailed the book to another agent, Sam Morgan, with instructions to convert it so that Joshua could read it on the kindle. Sam looked at the pitch and said “to hell with that, I’M reading it.” And now we’re here.
As to where we’re headed...I have no idea. But I sure as hell am excited about it. Many thanks to all my cheerleaders and beta readers! Next time I post about this book, hopefully it’ll be about when it’ll be on the shelves.