Thursday, March 17, 2005

My own personal pot o'gold...I have an agent!!!!

Okay, I'm not Irish but I seem to have stumbled onto my own personal pot of gold. Yesterday, not only did I get the news that Three Days in New York City is going print, I officially have an agent! Britta Steiner Alexander, of the Ned Leavitt Agency in New York City, will be representing my book, The Tour. The contract is signed, and I will now begin the joyous process of a rewrite, and no, I'm not being sarcastic when I say that -- one of the reasons I decided to go with Britta is that she shared my same vision for the book. When I first started writing The Tour, it focused on Rock School and was going to be a daily chronicle of events and even a mini travel guide of the cities we visited. Instead, it evolved into something quite different -- a baby boomer mother who realizes her kids are now adults and ready to fly while facing her own demons that she's getting older and no longer cool. So I need to hunker down and start the revisions, and to say I'm psyched is putting it mildly. I could not have asked for a better agency to represent me than The Ned Leavitt Agency - they are small, friendly, and very, very successful. Here's a link to their site.

And if yesterday wasn't cool enough, I just got an acceptance at a really neat magazine, Ken*Again, for one of my short stories, Big Head, which is a creative non fiction piece about a "legendary" character in my childhood.

Finally, I would like to introduce you to my good friend, brilliant writer Alicia Gifford.

Alicia wrote what I think is the most incredible story of 2004, Toggling the Switch, which you can read right here.

I'm not the only one who feels this way, Alicia's story is in fact nominated in the Million Writers Award, Top Stories 2004, where she is one of ten finalists. After you have read this amazing tale and are completely blown away as I know you will be, please vote for her here so that she can take home her own pot of gold!

Anyway, everyone enjoy your day, don't drink too much (Okay, drink a lot but please don't drive afterwards), and for the love of God, stay away from any and all green bagels.