After my agent called to let me know I sold my first book, one event stands out as the most exciting. Last Friday, Chris Crutcher gave my novel a wonderful blurb! That should classify as one of those 'Nuff Said moments, but let me explain its significance:
I heard Mr. Crutcher speak at my first L.A. SCBWI conference in 2000. I wasn't interested in teen literature at the time, but he was an amazing speaker so I bought Stotan! simply to get his autograph...but then I read it. I now consider Stotan! my gateway YA.
Soon after I began writing Thirteen Reasons Why, I noticed a brand new contest called the SmartWriters.com Write-It-Now Competition. And who was slated to judge the YA category? That's right, Chris Crutcher. So I entered, hoping my entry would make it far enough to pass before his eyes. And it did. In fact, he gave it the top prize!
That award was based on the first ten pages and a synopsis. A few years later, after I finished and sold the manuscript, my editor asked if I knew any authors who might offer me a blurb. I told her about this manuscript's connection with Mr. Crutcher and she asked if I knew how to contact him. I did, via the wonderful author and person (as well as Mr. Crutcher's assistant) Kelly Milner Halls.
Very clever premise, strong voice, perfect suspense.
This one will keep you reading. Jay Asher is a fine storyteller.
Okay, gotta go. I'm getting all choked up again.
P.S. The stamp at the beginning of this post is from the upper right-hand corner of the contract I just received...along with my first check. So yes, it's been an amazing week!