Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I'm somebody!

Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!
Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
--The Jerk (1979)

A dream just came true.

I received my Lunch Weekly Deluxe, the "deals" report that Publisher's Marketplace sends out every Sunday. Every Monday morning I read it and wash down the bile of envy with a cup of coffee, thinking, someday I'll be in it, hopefully before I'm too old to read the itty-bitty typeface.

This week I'm actually in it! My deal is at the top of the Science Fiction/Fantasy section:

EYES OF CROW author Jeri Smith Ready's BAD COMPANY, about a cadre of vampire DJs and the con artist trying to save their "lives," to Jennifer Heddle at a two-book deal, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (NA).

"NA" means North American rights, which means my agent can sell the foreign rights separately (which is a good thing). Not that Canada isn't a foreign country, but generally when agents speak of "foreign" rights, they mean to non-North American countries.

And the "..." is the part where it says how much they're paying me. Because that's a secret known only to me, my agent, and the thousands of people who buy a $20/month subscription to Publisher's Lunch.


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Jeri, I'm so happy for you!! This is GREAT news!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Gabrielle at 11/16/2006 7:48 AM

Thanks, Gabrielle, and congrats back to you on winning the Golden Gateway contest!

Everyone remember the name of Gabrielle Luthy--she's an extremely talented writer who's going to be big one day.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/16/2006 8:14 AM

This is wonderful! You've made the Big Time! Mega congratulations!


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/16/2006 9:22 AM

PS At the TOP of the list? WOW!


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/16/2006 10:40 AM

The "top of the list" doesn't mean anything. There were only two of us in the sf/f category that they mentioned, and I think they just put us in order of date. I only mentioned it was at the top because it jumped out at me.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/16/2006 11:00 AM

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