Saturday, June 03, 2006

Rubber Chicken for Good Luck -- Jay

What a weird week! I was going to post one bit of exciting news, and then another bit of exciting news came my way. Let’s begin with D.L. Garfinkle. Debby wrote an awesome book called Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl. When I read it, I sent her a fan e-mail because it had been a long time since I’d read such a funny book capturing the awkwardness of growing up male.

Since then, Debby and I have continued corresponding. She was working on the proposal for a chapter book series but was new to writing for that age. I told her that I dabbled in that genre and if she wanted me to look at it, I would. So I critiqued her manuscript and she wound up selling it earlier this week with a six book contract. While I assume Debby could have sold The Supernatural Rubber Chicken series without me (though she’s allowed to debunk that theory if I’m wrong!), it still feels wonderful to play an itsy-bitsy role in bringing something to children that they’re going to love while I wait for my own books to get published.

Which brings me to my next bit of exciting...or at least, hopeful...news. Last August, at the SCBWI National Conference, David Steinberg introduced me to his Grosset & Dunlap editor. She was searching for a new humorous boy series and I told her I’d written the first book in just such a series called Lucky Me! So I mailed it to her…and then a few months went by and I mailed a follow-up letter...and then a few months later (yesterday) I got an e-mail. Does this editor want to buy my series? YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! Actually, not really...but it looked awesome all typed out like that. But she liked it a lot, and it might be something she’s interested in, but she had a suggestion on how to make it even better and wants me to resubmit it if I make that change. Which...guess what...I’m gonna do!!!

Maybe I’ll even ask Debby to critique it.

- Jay

5 comments:

Debby G said...

I never could have sold it without you, Jay. I didn't know what I was doing.

I hope you get a big fat sale, and soon!

I'd be happy to critique Lucky Me, though I still kind of don't know what I'm doing.

Disco Mermaids said...

I think any writer who says "I know exactly what I'm doing" is probably working on something I'd rather not read.

- Jay

Gregory K. said...

I know exactly what I'm doing when I say "that's good news in that post!" So there.

Disco Mermaids said...

And since you are the Blogger King, I humbly say, "You bet it is!"

- Jay

Kim said...

What super news! Sounds promising!