this is not my beautiful house

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.

19 Thoughts on “this is not my beautiful house

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 😀


  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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