I am so excited to announce that I have officially signed a publishing deal with Sourcebooks Landmark! I am fortunate to be working with Shana Drehs, Landmark’s Editorial Director. A February 2018 publication is planned.
Rights have also been sold in the UK to the Corvus imprint of Atlantic Books, and I have been working with their editorial director, Sara O’Keefe.
I am one lucky girl to have such an amazing editorial team championing this book. Thank you Shana and Sara for taking a chance on this debut author!
I also want to take a minute to thank my agent, Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. From the first moment we spoke I knew I was in the right hands. She’s remained calm, cool, and collected in the face of my breathless “Ohmygodwhatifthisandwhatifthatandwhatdoesthismeanand…” You get the point, I’m like an anxious puppy. When I talk to her on the phone, I still kind of can’t believe I’m talking to a real agent, let alone that she’s my agent, and yet she just sold this book like it ain’t no thang.
Beyond Steph, I want to thank everyone who’s stuck with me as I audaciously pursued this dream — my family, my husband, my friends, my beta readers. You cheered me on in the moments when I didn’t think this would happen, and I am forever grateful. It’s been a long road getting here, but so worth it.
Here’s a little bit about Friends and Other Liars:
28-year old Ruby’s hands shake just thinking about returning to Chatwick, Vermont. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and she tells herself the solitary life she’s built in New York City suits her just fine—at least well enough to avoid slicing open the scars left by her first love, Murphy, or her bipolar, recovering alcoholic mother. But when one of her estranged childhood friends commits suicide and another compels her to attend the funeral, guilt draws her right back into the tumultuous world she escaped from a decade ago.
Her plan—to hightail it out of town the minute the last rose hits Danny’s coffin—is delayed when her former friends are called together for a reading of Danny’s last words. Their hopes to gain some sense of closure are quickly dashed when the note drips with bitterness, accusing them of abandoning both him and the promise they once made to always love and trust each other. As punishment, they are each handed an envelope containing their darkest secret and told they can either reveal them to each other or keep quiet, risking the secrets coming out publicly in a trap Danny left behind.
As the secrets begin to trickle out, Ruby struggles between the pull to reconnect with the friends who once meant so much to her—and rekindle what she once had with Murphy—and the desperate need to keep the secret she left them all behind for.
Sounds good, right? You’ll buy it, right? RIGHT? 🙂
I’m learning that the publishing world moves at a glacial pace, so in the moments I’m not furiously editing this novel to prepare it for publication, or working on my next book, or the book after that, I plan to post about the highs and lows of the publication process from a debut author’s prospective. Any questions you have, send them my way! I’d love to address them in a post.