"Arlaina Tibensky's BELL JAR SUMMER, the story of a fifteen year-old, whose parents are splitting up, whose boyfriend is trying to wrestle her out of her pants at every opportunity, and who's suffering through late onset chicken pox while languishing in the Chicago suburbs with only an ancient IBM typewriter, her chain-smoking grandmother, and her beloved well-worn copy of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar to console her to Anica Rissi at Simon Pulse, in a pre-empt, by Brendan Deneen at FinePrint Literary Management."
In PRE-FUCKING-EMPT! Am I paying back my Columbia graduate school loans with the advance, ehm, no. But! A book that I wrote has found a home and people besides my friends who are obligated to prop up my fragile ego might actually read it.What is so funny about all this book deal business is this:
- The agent that brokered the deal (yes that Brendan Deneen) emailed his wanting to represent me on my birthday (12/16)
- Simon Pulse made me an offer on my mom's birthday (1/14)
- Libba Bray, the secret love of my life and the writer whose interview with Barnes & Nobel's "Meet the Writers" inspired me to try my hand at a YA book, released her masterpiece, Going Bovine, on my kid's birthday (9/22)