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this is not my beautiful house

September 20th, 2010 by erin

A little over a week ago, when I found out my novel was going to be sent out to publishers, I bought this bottle of sparkling syrah to open if and when the book sold:

Notice how it’s open.


I have spent most of the weekend giggling hysterically and consuming bubbly alcohol, thinking to myself: This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife.

How did I get here?

Well, I got here by starting this novel in 2006 and not abandoning it. I got here because I have an amazing, amazing agent who spent the last year helping me make my manuscript better than I ever thought it could be when I started querying. I got here because I have a team of endlessly talented writer friends who live in my computer, who never let me give up even when the Revisionland Hotel started feeling like the Hotel California.

I spent most of last week on the phone with editors who loved my strange nocturnal black & white circus novel.

On Friday afternoon, THE NIGHT CIRCUS sold to Doubleday.

To say I am elated would be the understatement of the century. I am delighted beyond belief, and I am absolutely thrilled to be working with my editor. (My editor! It’s like the my agent game all over again!)

So I lift a glass of sparkling syrah to each and every person who got me here.

Thank you does not even begin to cover it. I would knit you all red scarves were I not such a slow knitter.

Apparently, this is my beautiful house. Same as it ever was.

Kittens, as always, remain unimpressed.

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19 Responses to “this is not my beautiful house”

  1. Timothy says:

    Congrats, Erin! Your book sounds AWESOME. I can hardly wait to read it. :)

  2. *beams*

    *gulps some syrah with you*


  3. sue says:

    I am still beyond thrilled for you and the story sounds very dark and clever so I’m not surprised it was snapped up by a brilliant publisher. You’ve worked hard and you deserve every bubble.

  4. Dystophil says:

    Yay for you, yay for your book and yay for your beautiful house and sparkly syrah! Can’t wait to read your book, it sounds marvelous :D

  5. I am so, so happy for you. I can’t wait to read this! I didn’t want to say it when you went on sub, just in case, but I was excited because it meant another step closer to my being able to read it in book-form. :D


  6. Clovia says:

    And you may think to yourself

    My god, what have I done?

    You wrote a beautiful book, that’s what.

    I think I’ll go buy that red scarf today.

  7. Elysabeth says:

    So Happy For You!!! I can’t wait to read it! :D :D


  8. Kelly Andrews says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it…

  9. Jan O'Hara says:

    Congratulations, Erin, Erin’s husband, and Apathetic Kitteh. :) This book’s going places and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  10. Wow! That Revisionland Hotel is a magical place after all. :) I’m ultra thrilled for you, and can’t wait to see your book on the shelves. Many many congrats to you.

  11. pescana says:

    I’ll say it again: YAY! You worked extra hard for this and you deserve every last bubble in every drop. And I am beyond thrilled that I got to be a little part of it! I’m so excited for you, I could just burst. I can’t wait to read the final published book!

  12. Leanan-Sidhe says:

    I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to get my own copy. :D

  13. EMKokie says:


    I am so thrilled to be able to cheer this! Well done! :)


  14. Erin says:

    YAY YAY YAY!!!

    *runs around in circles and jumps up and down*

    I am so proud of you. <3

  15. Paul says:

    That’s such wonderful news, Erin! I’m just thrilled for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  16. carey says:

    oh, hon, i’m so excited for you! congrats, congrats, congrats!!

  17. Eric says:

    Congrats cousin!!!!!
    So awesome. I can’t wait to read it

  18. Selena says:

    Oh, EXCELLENT. Excellent, excellent, excellent. I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out! Congratulations, you.

  19. Michelle Boudreau says:

    Congrats Erin,
    I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to get my copy!!