Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm very excited and pleased to announce that I've signed with a new agent. Michael Bourret is with Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in New York. I've now been his client for one week, and I already have no doubt that he's going to take my author career to the next level.
I owe a big thanks to the fabulous Sara Zarr, author of STORY OF A GIRL (2007 National Book Award finalist) and SWEETHEARTS. She lives here in Utah and we've become good friends these past months. Somehow I swindled her into recommending me to her agent, and the rest is history.
Okay, it wasn't easy as all that. I actually sent Michael my proposal for THE MAZE RUNNER, which he really seemed to like. But this is what I love: he's spent the last week or so grilling me and pushing me and making the proposal get better and better. This is the power of an agent - he knows the editors and he knows what they're going to look for. He's fully invested, and I've really enjoyed working with him.
We've also spent a great deal of time discussing THE 13TH REALITY and what lies in the future in terms of my contracts, future books, movie rights, etc. It's all going to be very confusing because I had a different agent on Book 1, my publisher has agent representation of their own for movie and foreign rights, etc. But like I told Michael: what a great problem to have, right? I'm confident he'll figure things out and ensure I'm taken care of.
So, there you have it. Michael and I are going to sell lots of books and make insane amounts of money and eventually knock JK off of her perch as Queen of Children's Literature. I foresee a future in which Mrs. Rowling calls me up and asks for a loan (or at least some writing advice). She'll probably beg me to co-write a Harry Potter meets Atticus Higginbottom series. I will, of course, decline and tell her that I would never stoop to such a sham (plus, I'll be too busy writing the Atticus vs. Edward Cullen series).
If you'd like to learn more about Michael and his agency, CLICK HERE.
You should also visit Sara's site: CLICK HERE.
A big thanks to Michael for having faith in me and my writing. I'm very excited and look forward to a very long relationship!
Lyrics of the Day:
Some may say
I'm wishing my days away
And if it's the price I pay
Tomorrow's another day
I may as well play
- The Police
Posted by James Dashner at 2:50 PM