So hey who remembers at the end of last year when I rambled about signing with my literary agent?
Well, you gais, you gais… Guess what just went live on Publishers Marketplace?
Alis Franklin’s WYRDTOUCHED, in which an exiled Loki, hiding out in Australia disguised as the CEO of a tech company, unleashes the wrath of Asgard by falling in love with a man in his IT department, to Sarah Peed at Random House, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency (World).
That’s right! It’s me! Or, rather, my book. Books. Hopefully three of the suckers, because… eee!
/degenerates into a puddle of squee
And, look. I’m not super-articulate right now (my first sale as a Really Real Author! holy shit!), so in lieu of more words, here’s some Bad Character Sketches of LIESMITH’s soon-to-be-published protagonists:
Phew. Wow. Yeah. Much art. Very sketches.
It’s been kind of an intense couple of months, as you can probably imagine, and by all indications it’s just going to get more intense from here on out. (Did I mention the part where I have to write two more books now? Holy shit!)
But before I go quietly hyperventilate in a corner, I’d just like to say one thing.
I’ve had LIESMITH kicking around in various incarnations and various states for the better part of my life, so finally getting it to this point–where it’s actually sold, to a publisher, as part of a multi-book deal–is both terrifying and exhilarating.
It’s those things for a whole bunch of reasons, but one of them is this:
LIESMITH is an urban fantasy and it is, unabashedly, an urban fantasy with a queer protagonist.1 The romance plotline–which, while it isn’t the story, is a freakin’ big chunk of it–is between two guys. Without giving away too many spoilers (hah!): it’s there, it’s on page. There’s kissing. No hints or subtext or innuendo allowed.
Did I mention the part where Random House–that’s Penguin Random House, literally the biggest publisher in the world right now–bought not just one but three of these books?
Do I think I would’ve been able to sell LIESMITH–as a debut author no less–five or ten or fifteen years ago? Maybe, probably not, and almost certainly not, in that order. (And not just because of my own relative level of writing ability.)
There’s something in that. And a lot of people who came before me, who I owe for beating down that door. Not to mention the support I’ve received from both my agent, Sara Megibow, as well as shiny new editor, Sarah Peed. Seriously. Those ladies rock, and the support and encouragement I’ve received has been amazing. (Go Team Sara[h]!)
The representation of GSRM characters in fiction in general, and genre fiction in particular, has been… somewhat patchy, shall we say? But things are changing. Slowly, but they are. Because representation is important, and the more voices there are in the chorus the better.
Mine’s only one. But, well.
I hope you’ll like its song.
- And the term “queer” rather than “gay” here is deliberate. Er… more thoughts on this later, perhaps?↩