Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Decision

Thanks for all the well wishes. A big part of me wanted to not say anything about signing with an agent until the book actually sells. If it doesn't for whatever reason, (and trust me, getting a great agent does not guarantee a sale) it will be annoying to admit that. But most of you have been with me a long time. I want to be able to share with you all of the ups and downs of this writing life I've chosen. When I do make a sale, you will be the first people I celebrate with. When I don't, I'll painfully admit it here. And the thing to remember is, even if you don't sell your first book through your agent, you still have a great agent. And something WILL get sold.

Which is not to say, I think Demon Spawn won't sell. In fact I can't remember ever being so excited about a book before. I love the story, the characters, and especially the setting. All of the agents who were interested in this have really raised my hopes about how this book could succeed.

This was an incredibly hard decision. I would have been happy with any of the agents who offered to represent me. I lost a ton of sleep. But ultimately the agent who I thought had the best chance to sell Demon Spawn is Michael Bourret, of Dystel and Goderich. Michael has an incredible track record--especially in YA. He has done very well with foreign rights. He really seems to know the industry inside and out. And he is a great guy from everything I've seen.

For those of you who don't know, Michael represents three other Utah authors: Sara Zarr, Emily Wing Smith, and . . . James Dashner. I know, I know. This was actually a pretty big concern for me. James and I are great friends and he has been an incredible support on everything I've been trying to accomplish. But there was a part of me that knows people will be saying, "Oh, look, he's just riding James' coat tails. That's why he got the agent."

The truth of the matter is that if I was going to ride on anyone's coat tails, James would be an awesome choice. I have learned a ton about the industry from talking to him. His feedback definitely played a big part in deciding who to go with. I know that Sara's feelings were a big part of the reason James chose Michael as well. But it's also true that knowing an author who is represented by a certain agent doesn't get you a special "pick me" card. I know this for sure, because I pitched another project to Michael several months ago and was rejected. It's still about the work.

So there it is. The plan is to write and polish over the rest of the year, as most publishers tend to take the holidays off, and start submitting in January if all goes well. In the mean time, I have just a few other books out there. So go buy them for your friends! And stick around. I'll keep you updated.

14 comments:

Frank Cole said...

Holy Cow! Congrats my friend! Demon Spawn sounds awesome!!!

The Scarlet Tart said...

Way to go with the signing!

Allyson Condie said...

Congrats!!! What wonderful, wonderful news!!

Erin G. said...

Yay! That's so awesome! I've heard lots of good things about him. Good choice. :D

Deb said...

Since you have received plenty of congratulations, I'll just say good luck in getting your book sold. I simply can't imagine it not selling.

Anne Bradshaw said...

YAY! AND DOUBLE YAY!! That is fantastic news, Jeff. I bet the whole Savage family is dancing and grinning. Congratulations for sure. That sale will come soon. No doubts. All those years of jolly hard work are paying off big time. So well deserved. And congrats to Jen for surviving behind scenes :-)

Laura said...

I'll say it- you deserve it. And really, I think you will do great with Michael. It's not like this magic happened to you overnight. Thank goodness it did happen though. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

J.J. Bennett said...

Great news!!! I will look forward to hearing how everything goes.

ElanaJ said...

Congrats on signing with Michael!

lindaofficial said...

Congratulations, Jeff! You've earned it!

J.N. Future Author said...

*Crosses fingers*

I hope it happens!

Jaime Theler said...

Congratulations!

C.S. Bezas said...

I'm so very happy for you, Jeff! Congratulations!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Super! An agent. I had one of those once...a long time ago. She was wonderful, upfront and truthful. When I decided to write YA she couldn't represent me any more. I think you'll like having an agent. And what's this riding on coat tails stuff. You and James are great talents and the agent sees that.