In my first 75 months of writing for children, I made one sale (The Day-Glo Brothers). In the past five months, my agent has made three on my behalf — S.V.T., my Alan Lomax biography, and now Pasta.
This third sale, to Dial, was announced just yesterday, and we’re describing this Y.A. project as a “collection of profiles of real-life impostors ranging from charlatans to survivors.” Since it doesn’t yet have an official title, or much else — we sold this one based on a proposal and two sample chapters — Pasta gets to keep its code name. (Get it? Impostor, pasta — I guess it helps to imagine a New England accent.)
These past few months have been thrilling and bewildering, rewarding and discombobulating. After more than six years of always actively trying to sell what I’ve written, I’m in the unfamiliar position of having enough work lined up to keep me busy for the next couple of years. I like the security and stability of the situation, but I hope I’ll still have the flexibility to jump onto some new project temporarily should inspiration come from an unexpected place.
But that’s just me overthinking things. For now, I’ll close with this quote from my limbic brain:
I feel honored to have read this one as well. I think it will be a matter of time before they’ve all sold! I loved Pasta, btw.
Congratulations on your recent hit parade of success. Your steady work over time has obviously reached critical mass. Don’t let up now!
congrats, chris. AGAIN!
Hurray and congratulations from Canada, too!!
Congratulations! It sounds like an interesting book!
Muchas congratulations!! How wonderful for you, and I love how you make non-fiction sound so fascinating! WHOO HOO indeed! Yay for more great books for finding things out!
(I’m here via ChickenSpaghetti)
Yippee ai yea!!!
Congratulations from Aizuwakamatsu (long story). This is great news!
Also… “Pasta”? I wish I had packed a trombone and a cup mute. ;)
Absolutely delighted here!
Thank you, thank you, and domo arigato, everybody.
And welcome, TadMack — I’m a little startled to find myself in the YA camp. I figured I’d migrate there eventually, once my boys got there (or close to it) themselves, but here I am — thanks for making me feel welcome.
Wowee! Congratulations! Not being a writer (exactly), I can’t even imagine what that must feel like.
Pasta sounds like an intriguing read– can’t wait to see it.
Nice going, Chris, congratulations.
I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot :)
That is wonderful. I am so happy for you.