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. 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 πŸ˜€

  3. 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. πŸ˜€


  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

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

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