Wednesday, August 6, 2008
What's Up Wednesday
Exciting news! I'm a finalist in the PASIC Book of Your Heart contest! I'd entered the contest in May of this year, then promptly forgot all about it when I got my agent about a week later. I received the call yesterday that Knight's Curse made the finals and will be going on to the editor judge who'll make the final determination of the winner. Yes!
I don't enter contests very often, so this was a huge surprise. The contest is for romance novels and my book is urban fantasy with a romantic subplot, so all the more reason for my surprise. The final judge is Heather Osborn, editor with Tor, and she happens to be on my agent's submission list anyway. So my agent now has a nice segue already in place. Nice.
Knight's Curse is also being considered by a handful of other large publishing houses, so the waiting begins. Thank heavens I'm not a nail-biter. And I have Mystic Taxi to keep me busy.
Speaking of Mystic Taxi, here's a tidbit about New York City's turn-of-the-century past. You've heard the old-fashioned term "the joint is jumping," yes? Back in the late 1800s, early 1900s, people needing extra cash would often host rent parties, which featured entertainment like music and dancing for a small admittance fee. The apartments that held these parties were called "Jump Joints." I love that term! I'm definitely using it in the book. Ha!