I've been skirting around this topic for the last week or two, but now it's official and I can announce it: my friend Steph Bowe from Australia has just signed with Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown for the YA fiction novel I had the pleasure of beta-reading recently.
I loved her manuscript so much I suggested she contact some US agents (knowing from reading an Australian agent's blog that it's difficult to get representation there, and knowing that YA market here was promising) and suggested a few. And then suggested she enter the Secret Agent contest over at Authoress' blog Miss Snark's First Victim. And urged her not to drop out of the contest even after she got her first offer of representation. I think I said Heck, wait and see - what if the Secret Agent is phenomenal and wants to sign you? (See what I mean about not closing doors?)
And she ended up with three offers and ended up choosing, yes, the Secret Agent, which means I have some oddly prescient abilities. I cannot wait to see her novels on bookstore shelves - this one and the ones that follow. This is one of those cases where you feel phenomenally lucky to have witnessed the launch of someone's career.
Did mention she's 15 years old?