Monday, November 20, 2017

The Ones Who Got Away, Vol. 2

A long time ago I wrote a post about how agents lust from afar (or from very close if you're Twitter friends) over certain projects that they've offered on and didn't get.  I think I wrote the previous post in a November, too, so there must be something about Novembers that make me think about things I didn't get.

I do have to say, first off, that one of my previous authors who got away did a U-turn and came back to me!  I originally fell in love with Azlyn Richards and her historical fiction about a poisoner in Nero's court called THE EMPEROR'S ASSASSIN, but she went with another agent.  A year or so later, she reached out to me asking if she could change her mind and I happily said yes!

I've been thinking of some of the ones that eluded my grasp...and interestingly most of them are from 2016 Pitch Madness...

THE HATE U GIVE - I knowwwwww.  I offered on this (I think it was called STARRY NIGHT) and another MG project of Angie's and missed out.  She is an AMAZING author and person, though and I'm so happy to see the crazy amount of success she has had....even it is hasn't been with me   If you haven't read this book, which seems impossible, be sure to buy a copy!

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS - I knowwwww...again!!!  This book was SO beautifully written I fell in love from the first chapter.  The author is also such a great person.  We're friends on Twitter so I get to see how well she and the book are doing.  I think it was a NYT bestseller before it even officially published, so you should definitely read it!!!!

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND - This was a really fun YA project about a girl who wants to be on her school's baseball team that I read via PitchWars.  It had the most dynamic, fun character and the best voice!

DAVY JONES, PIRATE HATER - This is another Pitch Madness project--an AWESOME MG fantasy concept that was really fresh with great world-building!!  It made me laugh out loud so many times.

A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN - This was a beautiful, beautiful YA Asian fantasy that made me think of a YA version of THE GHOST BRIDE mixed with Moana...and it doesn't get better than that!

These are all fantastic projects and fantastic authors and I'm sorry they're not on Team Carrie, BUT one agent isn't right for everyone and these lovely authors have found their deserved match.  Also, for every author I've missed out on, I've signed like 10 that I love with all my heart!  Every aspect of publishing is a subjective one; no matter what side of the fence you're on, there are rejections and signings and great moments and sad ones.  I've found that it all evens out in the end, though, and you end up where you're supposed to be!

And with that, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  My mom is foregoing cooking for the first time ever this year and we are doing Thanksgiving at The Roosevelt Hotel--I can't wait!!