Monday, July 1, 2013

Update on QS #224

In today's Publishers Lunch deal list:

Mystery/Crime
Minerva Koenig's NINE DAYS, featuring a damned good criminal now in the witness protection program, who doesn't have much of a chance to adjust to her new identity in the Lone Star sticks before murder strikes, to Toni Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, in a two-book deal, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (World English).


I did read the entire manuscript for NINE DAYS and loved it. I knew I wasn't the right agent though, so regretfully sent her the names of some agents I thought would be a better fit.  Sure enough, Jessica Alvarez was EXACTLY the right  choice.

I can't claim any part of this success because the query didn't need any revisions.  I'll just have to settle for knowing Query Shark and QS readers were the first of soon-to-be-many to recognize this wonderful new writer!

Huzzahs all around!

13 comments:

sepiastories said...

Congratulations, Jessica! :)

Minerva Koenig said...

Just goes to prove that the Shark knows whereof she speaks (even when the writer doubts herself). I'm still kind of in shock, but so incredibly grateful to have the assistance of these fine broads. Kidneys all around!

(And, yes, I posted and deleted this twice due to grammatical perfectionism)

Janet Reid said...

And I deleted the false starts due to blog comment appearance perfectionism!

Rachel6 said...

Congratulations, Jessica!! Thanks for showing us how it's done :)

Terri Lynn Coop said...

Superb! This was one of my fav queries. I look forward to reading the book.

Terri

Katherine Traylor said...

Ooh, I remember this one! Can't wait to read it.

BonnieShaljean said...

Congrats! It's so exciting to read things here first and then watch something Win through to the marketplace (and beyond, I predict). Treat yourself to a nice big bowl of juicy, slippery chum -

Colin Smith said...

Congratulations, Minerva (and Jessica)! And I wish you every success not only with this novel, but with the rest of your writing career: may it be long, prosperous, and fun! :)

Mark Hubbard said...

Congratulations Minerva.

Theresa Milstein said...

That's exciting news! I went back and read the query. It was excellent!

Lanette said...

I remember that query, which is a good sign. I look forward to the book coming out.

Greg L. Turnquist said...

I remember this one too! It was great, and it's really cool to hear it going to a publisher after first seeing it hear.

Abbe Hoggan said...

I love that this announcement includes phrases I remember from the query. Shows that a well-written query has uses beyond catching the agent. I wonder if the agent used a lot of the query when presenting the manuscript to editors.