About a year and a half ago I did a post on Ellyn Oaksmith, a local author who had just self-published a book called "Knockers." It's always fun to have a follow-up post that boasts a success story. Ellyn just let me know that Knockers was picked up by Harper Collins and will be published this Tuesday, under a new title Adventures with Max and Louise. There will be an e-book release February 12th-- just in time for Valentine's day. What a great treat to buy yourself for $2.99.
Here's how Ellyn said it happened.... "An agent in New York got half way through the book and called me, asking if I had representation. I had just gotten a glowing review on KIndleObsessed.com and so people were calling me out of the blue. I was busy working on my next book DIVINE MOVES, which I will be done with on Tuesday in time for the book launch so didn't think much of it. I signed with the agent thinking nothing would happen. She called me a couple of weeks later with 3 offers. I went with Harper Collins because they were the most enthusiastic and established publisher. Having the manuscript polished and vetted by their team has been a dream come true. The line editor, who did the final polish, made sure that everything, right down to the cell phones in the story were the right vintage andmodel, that restaurants in Seattle were still open that I'd mentioned and even let me know that my timeline fore one character was physically impossible and I had to change WWI to WWII. Instead of feeling stupid, I felt lucky to have someone like that watch my back. I'd much rather plow out the story, doing my best and have someone with a keen eye vet out the details."
Isn't that so cool? I just wanted to share the news with you all so you can get Adventures with Max and Louise downloaded and congratulate Ellyn yourself. Sounds like some Kirkland Blog readers are her biggest fans, myself included. Way to go Ellyn! ~j