My new toothbrush! And– book deal

Three MAJOR things happened to me this week.

1) I finished classes and am getting out of grad school!

2) I won a bingo game after a presentation on oral hygiene, and got a free toothbrush!

I know, it’s madness, isn’t it? I can’t believe such a lovely toothbrush is mine, and it’s free, for that matter. I keep staring and staring at it, expecting it to disappear, but no, it’s still there! Sitting innocuously on my sink, like a toothbrush that isn’t free, like just a toothbrush I bought at a store, and yet I didn’t. Buy it, I mean. I got it from winning bingo, as I said before.

God, life is a crazy, amazing place sometimes. I’m almost scared to brush my teeth with it. I’m afraid of ruining its toothbrush-y perfection. I suppose I’ll try tonight… If I dare.

3) Oh, yeah, and I’m getting published.
From PublishersMarketplace: “S.J. Kincaid’s INSIGNIA, in which a teenage video gamer becomes a government weapon in a futuristic world at war, to Molly O’Neill at Katherine Tegen Books, in in pre-empt, in a significant deal, in a three-book deal, by David Dunton at Harvey Klinger.”

It’s my seventh manuscript. First six went nowhere, and to be honest, I was starting to wonder if seven unpublished manuscripts meant I was crossing that fragile little line between persistence and outright delusion.

But, well, yeah. Heh.

I’ll post again soon about trying my new toothbrush!

  1. That’s fantastic!! Well done!! I’m so jealous… I’ve always wanted to win a toothbrush – my time will come I guess.

    Oh yeah – well done on the book deal too ;o)

  2. You deserve a toothbrush for getting out of grad school AND after doing a presentation on oral hygiene (only a free toothbrush would induce me to take part in a reckless activity like Bingo). Also Love the sound of INSIGNIA 😮

  3. Ha, nice free toothbrush and you didn’t have to get your teeth cleaned to get it! 🙂

    Congrats on the book deal – I follow Plotters and Manipulators United and read the post. It sounds awesome and I can’t wait to find out more!

    Also, in case you want to join their fun, here’s a group of 2012 debut authors here.

    I think you should hold onto that toothbrush in case it turns out to be lucky!


  4. Congratulations! I’m your sister’s critique partner, and she is so excited about your spiffy toothbrush that I can’t wait to read it– um, buy one just like it!– when it comes out.

  5. What awesome news! I also came over from Ms. Duran’s blog. It is always great to hear about writers sticking to their dream and finding success in the end. Congrats!

  6. I have no idea why blogger is suddenly denying me the ability to reply to individual comments as they occur, so I’m doing one massive post.

    Pippa– thank you! But to be fair, I only watched as others did a presentation on oral hygiene. And played bingo. The winning stuff part was absolutely awesome. I don’t like reminders about the value of flossing, though. I’ve been doing it since I was four, and it still makes me sad knowing I’ll probably have to do it every day for the rest of my life.

    Katie– thank you so much! It sure did.

    Houndrat– Thank you!

    Poosen– isn’t it just the greatest toothbrush ever given to anyone ever? I will show it to you when I see you.

    Yahong Chi– It is a lovely toothbrush. Confession time, though: it’s actually white, and not red. But it is quite gorgeous (and yay, that you’re planning to read my book!)

    the epic rat– Heh, maybe I should! Though I partly attribute the recent good luck to the money plant I’ve been frantically trying to keep alive against its wishes (apparently it’s near-impossible to kill a money plant, which makes the struggle to keep it alive all the more inexplicable yet urgent)

    Shelli– Thank you so much! Awesome first name, by the way. 😉

    Janine Ballard– Helloooo! Great to meet one of the sister’s crit partners! I hear you guys are fantastic! Thanks for the good wishes.

    Elyssa Papa- Thanks so much! My editor write the PM description, and she did a fantastic job. I wanted to read it after that!

    Leigh Lavalle– Thank you, as well! It definitely took sticking with it for a while, but we all get there different ways, right?

  7. You’re lucky to win that toothbrush! Haha! Do you really play bingo? That game is really fun! Is red your fave color, though? Well… Congratulations! That wasn’t for the toothbrush, but for finishing your classes! 😀

  8. What’s the color of your new toothbrush? Haha, you’re so lucky to win it on Bingo. How’s your book now? The concept of a videogamer becoming a government weapon in a futuristic world at war is so sci-fi! That’s pretty cool art! 🙂

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