Have you ever changed your name? I have. I came into this world as Michael Gilmartin, but just before our second child was born we went to the courthouse and merged into the Gettel-Gilmartins. 'Course, we had to pay some bucks for the privilege, and the judge wanted to know why we were doing it. The answer: to bring on the apocalypse by causing computers to flip out over a hyphen.
I'm thinking of changing my name again, to honor three amazing writers I've gotten to know during my brief blogging life. It seems as if I've known the Shannons forever--and I met Lydia during the Pay-It-Forward blogfest. These three stars have turned October into a month-long good news fiesta.
First there was:
October 12, 2011
Shannon Messenger's debut middle-grade series KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, about a girl who discovers there are secrets buried in her memory that others would kill for, and has to figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first, to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication starting in Fall 2012, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (North America).
Then, on October 15 there was:
The announcement by Shannon O'Donnell
GOD. IS. GOOD!
For three weeks I have been sitting on a secret . . . THE secret. It's been hard. This morning, I signed the contract.
And that means I can finally say
I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!!!!!
(Just to be clear: this is Shannon's announcement, not mine)
Terrie Wolf, of AKA Literary LLC
Finally, there was this:
October 20, 2011
Lydia Kang's THE FOUNTAIN, about a 17-year-old, who must rescue her kidnapped sister with the help of a band of outcasts with mutated genes, set in 2150 when genetic manipulation has been outlawed, to Kathy Dawson at Dial, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2013, by Eric Myers at The Spieler Agency (World).
Wouldn't it be great if some of their good fortune rubbed off on me?
From now on, please address me as
Shannon Lydia O'Gettel-Gilmartin