When I first began this literary submission thing, the first writing website I began visiting regularly was Query Tracker--a fantastic resource (if you haven't checked it out already) that allows you to keep track of your agent submissions, view agent stats and get connected with others who are querying the same agents as you. One of Query Tracker's greatest amenities is a series of message boards for each agent--a place where you can post your stats and celebrate/commiserate with others as you receive rejections, requests and offers of representation.
When I initially joined Query Tracker, I was more of a silent stalker than an active poster. Why would I want to share my information with all these strangers, anyway?? But then I started noticing something. Or someone, really. A user by the name of raven1 who began appearing everywhere. She already HAD an agent (Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency), but there she was anyway, posting congratulations and
messages of support to everyone. And she was just so damn NICE that I finally felt compelled to make contact.
A quick email introduced me to the woman behind the curtain, and that is how I first met Anita Howard. And since that day, she has quickly become one of the women I admire the most in this industry. She's always supportive, encouraging, positive and thoughtful; she gave me my very first blog award, and through her blog, A Still and Quiet Madness, I have met loads of like-minded writers and partners in crime.
This summer, Anita and her agent been shopping for a publisher for her YA novel, Splintered, and today they made it official: Splintered has been picked up by Abram's Amulet imprint--home of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Shine! Not only did Anita get to go to auction, but she also got a two-book deal!
Her first novel will be making its hardcover debut in the spring of 2013, and I am so excited for Anita that I just can't stand it. I can't WAIT to buy my hardcover copy!
Splintered, by the way, is a dark and whimsical take on Alice and Wonderland. Check out some fun background info on her main character, Alyssa, here, and watch this amazing book trailer she made: