Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When The Slush Pile Works

Yes! It can happen! And I am thrilled that it happened to such an awesome author! In fact, I'm so full of thrilled it's spilling out in an abundance of exclamation points!

Many of you may remember Chelsea Pitcher from her queries and invaluable advice here and at Evil Editor's place. Last June, we toasted to Chelsea having picked up an agent who picked her up from the slush pile. You'll find the query that won the agent over at that link.

And now I get to announce that Chelsea has a book deal with a Simon & Schuster imprint! Here's the news straight from Publishers Marketplace (note some of the links will only work if you have a paid subscription).

Chelsea Pitcher's THE S-WORD, pitched as The Scarlet Letter meets Veronica Mars, about a high school girl who found her best friend in a compromising position with her own boyfriend on prom night and cut off their friendship, then was plagued by guilt and decided to find out who was responsible after her best friend was branded Queen of Sluts and committed suicide, to Adam Wilson at Gallery, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013, by Sandy Lu at the L. Perkins Agency (World). 
Seriously, how cool is that? My only regret? That Evil Editor scooped me. Had I only gotten to my email earlier ...

Chelsea, you rock!


Chelsea Pitcher said...

YAYYYYYY THANK YOU!!!! I, too, have been using an abundance of exclamation points lately, ha!!!!! I'm so thankful to you for all your query help!!!!

Wilkins MacQueen said...

Chelsea, I congratulate you again. I'm so very happy for you.

Phoenix, I've been putting a query together. Is that offer still open about you adding your magic to queries from friends of the blog(s) from time to time?

I swear, I'm better than I was. I swear, it is almost 3 paragraphs.

I understand you are extremely busy so feel free to pass.

Thanks. Keep writing Chelsea.



Phoenix Sullivan said...

Hi Mac: Absolutely the offer still stands! I'm traveling home from a conference over the next couple of days (we took a train) but once home I should be able to do a crit for you. Just let me know if you don't mind a public crit or whether you'd prefer a private one. Yay for being query close to a finished sub!

Wilkins MacQueen said...

Thank you! A public crit is dandy.

Yes, getting close, getting close.

I've been telling everyone I know to go to your blog to get the scoop on epubbing/indie stuff.

So much material you've compiled.

I'll get the query to you shortly. I'm hoping for a train trip myself - to Chiang Mai, back to heaven with a buddy who's never been there.

Thanks so much!

Chelsea Pitcher said...

Thanks, Mac!!