Tuesday, April 01, 2008


By Amy MacKinnon

Some of you may recall a few weeks back that I had news to share.  I couldn't spill it then, not because of any embargo imposed by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, but because I didn't quite trust my good fortune.  Both my editor and my agent assured me it was so, but it wasn't until my publisher said oh yes, it is at lunch last week (yes, I had lunch with my publisher, how exciting is that?) was I able to believe it.

TETHERED will be the lead title in the fall catalog.

Every bit of my Dream Big scenario is so far coming true: selling to SAB, wonderful editors, foreign sales, and now lead title.  It is magical.

Speaking of foreign sales, I also heard from my UK editor at Orion last week.  They are positioning TETHERED as one of their big books for winter 2009.  I became a bit numb when she told me they're going to print copies of my book for every employee at Orion.  I can't wait to share the cover.

It is all too much to process at times, too fantastic to accept as true, but there it is.  Dream big, people, dream big.


Lisa said...

I am so, so happy for you. "Congratulations" doesn't seem an adequate word. You are an inspiration and a testament to the power of persistence, hard work and dreaming big. Hooray!!!

Judy Merrill Larsen said...


Oh, Amy, I'm thrilled for you. This is fantastic and well-deserved.

Yes, indeedy, dream big!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Lisa, thank you. I couldn't wait to tell you especially.

Judy, whoo-hoo is right! Maybe next year we can go to Virginia Festival of Books together! Lucky girl, you.


moonrat said...

Amy!!! That's fantastic!!!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Thank you, Moonie! I don't know exactly what it means, but SAB is giving me four pages in the catalog. I do love my publishers.


Patry Francis said...

Absolutely marvelous news, Amy--though I've got to say, I'm not a bit surprised.

You are going to SOAR.

Ghost Girl (aka, Mary Ann) said...

Wow, Amy! Congratulations! That is so exciting!

Gail said...

Yay, Amy!!! You deserve this!!!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Patry, I'll never forget how you believed in me. That was a powerful gift in a tenuous time.

GG, thank you. We're all crossing our fingers, toes, and eyes for you. In fact, we'll even do the dance; it always works. You'll see. Let us know when you get the good news, will you?

Thanks, Gail. It seems like just yesterday we were waiting in line together, wondering what our futures held, if we even had one.


Larramie said...

Is my pride showing? And will you accept today's bouquet of daisies as congratulations, Amy?!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Why yes I will, thank you, Larramie!

Eileen said...

Gack! This is such WONDERFUL news. I am so, so, so, so very happy for you.

Anonymous said...

It's such an amazing feeling as a human to get goosebumps of excitement for a person I've never even met. When you share your stories like this you make strangers proud! Congratulations!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Aw, thanks, Eileen. It's so strange to think of how years ago, I read your agent's blog the day she shared news about this new client she signed, how funny she was, and now I own UNPREDICTABLE. It came at just the right time, I LOVED it!

Tara, that is such a kind thing to say. We're crossing our fingers for THE PROPER ORDER OF THINGS.


Anonymous said...

Well deserved congratulations. I can't wait to read it. Having worked at a bookstore and perused plenty of publisher's catalogs, I know how being the lead title will help. The reps will be pushing it. Amazing. Fun. Wow.

(This wasn't an April Fool's joke was it?)

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Kira, you're so funny! No, no joke,I'm not terribly funny. Any other insight you'd like to offer from your bookstore days would be deeply, deeply appreciated.


Anonymous said...

You can always sneak in and straighten the shelves, making sure your title is a face-out.

To this day, some 20 years later, I can't meander a bookcase and not straighten.

I recently ordered a friends' book at a Barnes & Noble, then didn't pick it up, assuming they'd put it out on a shelf. (Hers was not a lead title. You probably won't have to resort to that.)

John Robison said...

It's quite a ride, as you're finding out

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

John, I just wish I knew when the next loop-de-loop was coming. There's always one right around the corner.