When I was still an assistant, I got a query about a girl who thinks she has nine lives and her twin sister who doesn't even get to keep her one life because she has leukemia.
A little less than a month later, I finally had a chance to sit down with the manuscript on a train ride from NY to Philadelphia. And I loved it. The manuscript made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me sit in the train station for an extra twenty minutes while I turned pages until it was over. I wasn't willing to get in my car and drive home until I knew what happened.
When I read the last line, I knew this was a book that had changed my life.
I got second reads and everyone at my agency loved it as much as I did so I spoke to the author and offered representation. We did some revisions and went on submission.
It was the second book I sold.
It's a book I've read a number of times, through each revision. It's also a book that has quotes that I've typed up and taped to my wall. It's poignant and beautiful, funny and also heartbreaking.
And today it's a real book available in stores.
Happy Release Day to Sarah Wylie!