Waiting to announce a book deal reminds me of the initial weeks of pregnancy, when you’re waiting until a certain time to share your good news. Perhaps it’s out of caution–maybe it hasn’t been an easy road and you want to wait until something “official”– a doctor’s visit, maybe, or the end of the first trimester. All the while, you’re glowing, dizzy, maybe even nauseous.
Well it’s official, as far as my books go! I’m thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Vintage, will be published by the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins in 2014, to be followed by a second book in 2015. Here’s the official deal announcement, from Publishers Marketplace:
“Debut author Susan Gloss’s VINTAGE, set in a Madison, WI vintage dress shop, where every garment has a story, just like the women who meet there — a pregnant teenager, a disgraced Indian housewife, and a divorcee looking for love — who over the course of a few months come to transform the store and each other, pitched as Friday Night Knitting Club with couture for fans of Allison Winn Scotch and Juliette Fay, to Rachel Kahan at William Morrow, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency (NA).”
I am beyond excited about this news. The William Morrow imprint has been around for 80 years, and has published Neil Gaiman, Meg Cabot, Marisa de los Santos, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury, and the Freakonomics books by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, just to name a few.
I would not be making this announcement if it weren’t for my amazing agent, Christina Hogrebe. Not to mention my husband, for putting up with my countless revisions and general neuroses, my parents and my mother- and father-in-law for their hours upon hours of childcare, and my writers’ groups here in Madison… but I’ll save all that for the acknowledgement sections of the books! For now, I’m just grinning.