It can be woeful journey, this business of getting published. No wonder that while doing so, many of us hopefuls band together, hand-in-digital hand, to give support, encouragement, and when needed, a shoulder to cry on. I've made several friends, some of which I've even shared bacon-infused whiskies with, such as Alexa Martin (Girl Wonder, Hyperion 2011), Rachel Hawkins (the Hex Hall series, Hyperion 2011) and Lindsay Leavitt (Princess for Hire series, Hyperion 2010).
One particular place that I've called home over the years is a website called AgentQuery Connect. There, a few of us 'veterans' have forged wonderful friendships together as we queried onward, went from agent to agent, or dipped our toes into the shadowy process of submission.
Well, this year is shaping up very nicely for our group. First, Sophie Perinot had wonderful success with the sale of her upcoming book The Sister Queens. Today, it is my pleasure to offer congratulations to Mindy McGinnis! The press release, per Publishers Marketplace: "Mindy McGinnis's NOT A DROP TO DRINK...to Sarah Shumway at Katherine Tegan Books, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Adriann Ranta at Wolf Literary Services (World)."
It's a great success story and couldn't happen to a nicer person. To give you a little persective on what a dream-come-true this is, Mindy went from a YA librarian to this:
Nice deal is $1 to $49,000
Very nice deal is $50K to $99K
Good deal is $100K to $250
Significant deal is $250K to $499K
Major deal is $500K and up
Who says the publishing industry is dead?