Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that my debut novel, PAINTED HANDS, is being acquired by Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. The offer came right before my birthday, which, excluding the photo album my daughter made full of family pictures with sarcastic captions, was the best gift ever!

When my amazing (and patient) (and reassuring) agent, Kent D. Wolf, told me who the offer was from, I set off to google Toni. I was so excited to read about her commitment to multicultural literature, and to find out she is an author herself. Her short fiction collection THE BOLERO OF ANDI ROWE, winner of the Miguel Marmol Prize, explores the world of a young woman of Mexican and Irish descent and "one family's passage from the immigrant story to the American story, and the cycle of loss, adaptation, and rediscovery that is innate to that experience."  I ordered her book rush delivery and cannot wait to read. You should order it too, so we can talk about it!

I am so grateful to Toni for her interest in my novel and am looking forward to working with her. I am also incredibly grateful to Kent for believing in the story in the first place and for all of his good work in placing it.

The target publication date is Spring/Summer 2013.

39 comments:

  1. Congratulations again, J A! :~) Ooo. What pretty confetti! Shiny! :~D

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  2. Thank you, Bru! It means a lot that you'd stop by!

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  3. Yay, I am delighted for you. I didn't doubt for one second. Congratulations!!

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  4. WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! I'm so happy for YOOUUUUUU! This is fantastic news Jaz!

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    1. Damn. Catvibe already said my line. Congrats!!!!!

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    2. Thank you, Sarah! You can never have too many woo hoos. :)

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  5. Thank you, Wendy! Your voice of reason and unmatched wit were critical over the past couple of weeks!

    Cat, thank you! I love ALL CAPS. For real! And from you, they are sublime!

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  6. YAY!! This is only the best news...ever.

    I'm with Wendy: I never doubted this day would come. And I cannot wait to see your book on my shelf!!

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  7. Sarah, thank you! You are a good hand-holder, too! Your support has been critical, for me as a friend and for this novel. I appreciate it!

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  8. I'm with Sarah, who's with Wendy. (Who's Wendy with?) I never doubted after you signed with Kent. All that salt I threw over my shoulder? Wasted.

    Congrats once again, and I can't wait to read it.

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  9. Who is Wendy with?

    Not me, not in fishing gear, the careful blog reader will note.

    Thank you, Steve! Your support has been so appreciated.

    (Wait. Does that mean you did doubt me before I signed with Kent?) (Because I can walk that appreciation back in some serial parens.)(You know I can.)

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  10. I'm with Steve, who's with Sarah, who's with Wendy. And though you will think me daft, I knew it from the moment that I read your CoN entry.

    You have such insight and brilliance and sympathy. And you write like an angel. I'm confident that you'll have a wonderful career.

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    1. And I'm with Doctor Who, who's with Richard who's with Steve, who's with Sarah, who's with Wendy. Come on people... keep the ball rolling!

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    2. Wait, you deleted my earlier comment? YOU deleted MY comment!!!

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    3. Wendy bees with no one... everyone bees with Wendy - Old Jungle Saying

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    4. I have deleted NOTHING. What other comment? I never delete you, Aniket. I want to sometimes, but I never do.

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  11. Daft? Are you kidding, Richard. Now I think you're brilliant!

    (Did you actually read my CoN entry?)(Or is this what we say because I voted for yours?) (Once I start the serial parens it is hard to stop.)

    Seriously, thank you. You have always said kind and generous things about my writing and, since I know something about yours, it means a lot!

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  12. I am so happy for you and for the world who will get to read your book! :) Congratulations!

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  13. I'm with Richard.

    I was a big fan of your CoN entry too. In fact, I liked it so much, I thought you were a man! A skinny one!

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  14. Congratulations! Enjoy your moment!!!

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  15. Davin, thank you! The world. Wow. No pressure there. :)

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  16. The funny thing, Steve, is that people are going to think you're joking.

    Tracey, thank you so much!

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    1. Can you ask him about a blurb?

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    2. I'm a little BUSY right now...

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    3. Oh yeah. I'm supposed to be looking for something in my archives?

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    4. Oh, that. No, I meant with Brad. :)

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  18. Here from the Literary Lab. Congratulations on your wonderful news. Gives us all hope!

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  19. Thank you so much, Yvonne, and thank you for popping over!

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  20. Hi J.A.
    Not sure if you remember me, but we used to be friends over our blogs (yours was called The Bride Wore magenta, and mione was Rivers I have Known)
    How have you been? congratulations on writing a novel! i'm starting one myself...(I'm a full time writer now.)

    I just started a book review blog, would you care to come and see it? it's at http://riversihaveknown.wordpress.com/
    Please do become a follower. Am really hoping we can renew our friendship.
    PS- How are the lizards?

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  21. Little Girl Lost!!! Of course I remember you! It is so great to see you here. Thank you for your congralations and I am heading over to see your new blog. Too cool!

    P.S. The gecko is still alive! He will probably outlive all of us.

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  22. Umm, ok, Jazz then? That sounds jazzier actually. Thank you for visiting! Please follow!

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    1. For the 'Jazz' part - Ah, things a really old lady would do to sound cool.

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    2. Why am I not surprised that would bring Aniket out of the woodwork!

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    3. Having a rough day at work... so had to vent out somewhere. :)

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  23. Congrats! What a beautiful moment--- after so much work! I look forward to reading it. Just so you know, Wendy is with me...since about 1988. :-)

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  24. Thank you, Shannon! And, finally! WE know where Wendy is!

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