I want to give a big shout-out/ hug/ pom-pom shake to my friend Cynthia Jaynes Omololu (Cynjay!) for selling her debut young adult novel!
From Publisher's Marketplace:
Cynthia Jaynes Omololu's Dirty Little Secrets, in which the garbage-filled world of a 16 year-old girl comes crashing down around her even as she gets her first glimpse of what it might be like to be "normal" rather than living cloaked in the secret shame of her mom's out-of-control hoarding to Mary Kate Castellani at Walker, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).
Woo-hoo! (Doesn’t that sound like a fascinating premise!?)
I met Cynthia a couple of years ago at a conference in Santa Barbara where we both met up with our agent, Erin Murphy. Cynthia and I hit it off right away. It’s so cool when that happens…you look at someone and you immediately think, “Yep. I could hang with that girl—for sure.”
Since then, we’ve exchanged manuscripts and parenting advice and many silly emails and, of course, our thoughts on writing. And what I’ve learned most from her is perseverance. And I’m not talking the you can do it kind. Cynthia has perseverance of the extreme kind. She will write a book, send it off to her agent, go to the bathroom, take a sip of coffee…then start on another book. She made a decision to make this her path in life and she kept writing until it happened.
The Disco Mermaids are doing the happy dance for you, Cynthia! (Which is actually cute when Jay and Eve do it, but not so much for me.)