Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Big News



Kris and I often refer to our relationship as yin and yang, by which we mean we are complementary opposites within a greater whole. (Note that I used the word “complementary” as opposed to “complimentary.” I’ll never forget a business trip to San Francisco, when I stayed in a hotel that had a room service menu certain to raise Grammar Girl’s ire. The menu listed “tea, with compliments.” Imagine my dismay when, after a particularly harrowing day listening to Constitutional Law updates and statistics on the high number of alcoholics in the legal profession, I ordered said tea and it arrived with lemon, honey, cream, and sugar, instead of flattering remarks about my beauty and sense of style. False advertising, I say.) Our friendship is the circle, itself, and each of us, at any given time, tends to occupy the yin (black) or yang (white) components of that circle—the comma or the apostrophe. This is most apparent in our attitudes toward our book, The Pecking Order. Over the past few years, I can’t count how many times Kris or I considered throwing in the proverbial towel (which, in this case, would have involved throwing the laptop out the window), only to call the other and hear how excited and optimistic she was about the book’s prospects. Or how many times one of us emailed words of encouragement out of the blue, not knowing the other was slumped in front of a monitor with writer’s block, finishing a second box of Junior Mints and flirting with the blues. I believe this symbiotic dynamic—which cannot be manufactured, but must exist organically between two people—is largely to account for not only the ease with which we write together, but also the depth of our friendship (other factors include a shared affinity for French macaroons, a mutual desire to simplify our lives, and the fact that both of us have children who are preoccupied with bodily functions).

But today . . . today we are all yang. Today, that circle is bright white and burns with the intensity of the Vegas strip. For, today . . . cover your ears, I’m about to scream . . . WE ARE REPRESENTED AUTHORS! WE HAVE A LITERARY AGENT! Remember that agent who expressed interest in working with us on a rewrite back in November? (Of course you do, because you diligently read each of our blog posts and stay up at night worried about our future, right? God bless you.) Well, she worked with us. We rewrote. She read. She loved it. She’s our agent! Of course, it wasn’t as simple as that . . . this is the culmination of four-plus years of hard work, of carpal tunnel, crashed computers, wrestling with mail merge, deciphering the intent behind phantom agent emails, and accepting disappointment. Of many, many, dark, yin moments. But through it all, we never let hope die completely; at least one of us always kept a toe (desperately in need of a pedicure, most likely) on the light side. We know we have a long road ahead of us, filled with prospective editors and rewrites and who-knows-what-else. But, man, does it feel like we cleared a hurdle bigger than Ryan Seacrest’s monthly salon bill. We’ll post updates on the process and our progress but, in the meantime, if you happen to see one of us . . . you’d better bring your sunglasses, because we are shining!

22 comments:

Confetti said...

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

Bonnie Worthington said...

Wooo Hooooo, You Go "Girl(s)!

Jayne Lynne said...

Thank you Bonnie and Confetti! Your enthusiasm and support is much appreciated:)

Della said...

That is wonderful news--congratulations. I can not wait to hear more and to read it!

chadlewis said...

Great news!!! Congrats!

Kathleen said...

Wow! Congratulations!! Here's an idea...I'll have my book club read your book (without telling anyone I know you) then you can come for a visit and to the night we discuss! A true fly on the wall :)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to reserve an autographed copy!

Gina Osak said...

Congratulations! I'd love to read the book...can't wait!

Chelsea Eastman said...

Congratulations ladies! I CANNOT wait to read it!! This is so exciting!!!

Kristin Reardon said...

We're so proud of you!

Tana Simonsen said...

Congratulations ladies! VERY well done! I have loved following your blogs and would consider myself to be so lucky should I one day walk into a Barnes and Noble to purchase your book. Best of luck in this new phase of your journey. I cannot wait for further updates!

Arpita said...

Congratulations that is awesome!!!

W said...

We can't wait to hear more!

Lena said...

Great job girls! Can't wait to read it.

Kristi Davis said...

I love the part about those old cards. I am guilty of giving a few to a couple x-boyfriends. I love those cards and loved getting them myself. Congratulations you both deserve it. Love Kristi

Kristi Davis said...

I love the part about the old torn cards. I loved them and am guilty of giving some to a few x-boyfriends. Congratulations you have both worked very hard and are deserving. Love Kristi

suetodd16 said...

Congratulations on making the last hurdle and may the next hurdle arrive in stride and concurred with ease. Good luck.

jennosecheck said...

Sounds like I will be picking up your book at the bookstore soon!! Good luck - Jenn Osecheck

Shelley Christopher said...

It's about time your brilliance was recognized, celebrated, shouted from snow-capped mountain tops!!! Plus, you're two hot women who will look fab in the promo shots. Even better, your writing is entertaining, inventive and pulls me from my own writer's block. I am thrilled to be living vicariously through two people who deserve this so, so, so much. All my best, Shelley

Kristen said...

This is great you guys! Kris who would have known you would have a book out one day!? I am so proud of the both of you and wish you the very best of luck. I will be waiting to hear the updates and will purchase the book the day it comes out. :)

Derek McMurtry said...

Congrats Kris! I always knew you were a true writer. I want your autograph!

Karri said...

Congratulations!!! I'm anxiously awaiting the moment during your very first book signing when I get to say "I knew her when...."