So you want a little good news, hmmm? Well, Liz did set up the week this way, didn't she?
Let's see...our deck project, the one that didn't seem like it would ever be done is...well, done. After starting and stopping multiple times because of inspector issues and weather issues and then more inspector issues and then a car accident that stopped our contractor from doing anything...And I think it turned out quite well. I can't wait for the weather to really warm up so we can eat outside, and enjoy our new space!
Oh, you wanted writing news? Oh! I've got something! This past year has been an amazing first year in publishing - I've sold five books to two different publishers and gotten pretty good deals all on my own. Three of those books were a series, and two books in that series were sold on proposal (synopsis, 1 chapter). I'm proud of what I've done on my own. But I have other goals for this crazy writing life I'm in. Goals that require a partner with a little more reach than I have all on my own. And so, I signed with an agent! Signing with an agent was something that I thought long and hard about because I've read all the blogs and articles telling authors that in this brave new world of digital publishing, in which we can do it all ourselves, there is no reason to sign with an agent. The rationale seems to be that agents are blood-suckers who will only take 15% of our income without giving us anything back.
I don't agree. After careful consideration of what I want from a writing career, where I want to see my books published and the money I want to earn (that's right, I went there) signing with this particular agent made sense to me. She is a person I can take new (and strange) ideas to, a person who helps me create a solid plan that I can use to meet those goals I was talking about, and a person who will fight for my stories with editors, read contracts and suss out those pesky clauses that I might otherwise miss.
For me, signing with an agent makes sense, because brave new world or not, there are goals that I have which an agent will help me achieve. I've been 'signed' for a little more than a month at this point, so it's all new and fun and exciting. The future is bright, just as it's been since I wrote my first story - the Story That Shall Only Live On My Harddrive - and I'm really excited to see where this new road leads...
Okay, readers, your turn - what's your good news?