Saturday, January 28, 2012

Of Book Deals and Fairy Tales

Once upon a time (Because the best stories start that way, don't you think?) there was a writer. She lived in a small castle of brick and glass and spent her days poring over words and phrases, in search of that story, the one that would steal her heart and sweep her away. She'd written a few books and offered them to the Word Gods as a token of her commitment, but since they were frightful things, they were banished to the Trunk of Horrible.

One day, she got an idea, a whispery sort of idea that breathed dark secrets into her ear and wouldn't leave until she wrote it down. Then it grew and grew and grew until it was a monster of chaos, but many edits and beta reads helped tamed the unruly beast into a proper sort of story.

And then she wrote a query letter and lo and behold, the Gates of Luck and Good Timing opened and she became agented. Her book went out into the world in search of a home, because, alas, books are only manuscripts, no matter how pretty, until they find a home, and it traveled far and near and had many adventures on its way to the desk of an editor called a "noted expert on the horror genre" by Publishers Weekly.

And by some magical luck, he liked our heroine's novel. Or perhaps the novel bewitched him. They can be tricksy things. But either way, the result is this notice from Publishers Marketplace:

Fiction: Horror
Damien Walters Grintalis's debut INK, in which a man gets far more than he bargained for when he visits an elusive tattoo artist, to Don D'Auria at Samhain, for publication in 2012, by Mark McVeigh at The McVeigh Agency (World English).

And they all lived happily ever after.*

Pretty nifty fairy tale, right? Except it isn't. It's real.

My novel, Ink, is going to be a real book after all. The release date is scheduled for early December of this year. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Don and to be a part of the Samhain Horror line.

In truth, I'm not sure if it has truly hit yet. It's more of an amorphous 'yes, this is happening' sort of feeling that strikes at random moments and leaves me stunned and speechless, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wish I could capture the feeling and trap it in a glass bottle so I never forget.

*Please note: I may have embellished this story a bit in the name of creative license. Except for the Trunk of Horrible. That is real. I have seen it, but only in quick little glimpses. One cannot gaze too deep into the abyss, or so it's been said…


Kristina L. Martin said...

The amount of "awesome" in your news and this post is huge. Vastly huge. Ginormously huge. Okay I'll stop now. But I am truly happy for you. :)

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you so much, Kristina! I'm so giddy, it's absurd!

Mary Rajotte said...

Many congratulations! Yay!!! Can't wait to hear more about it :)

I too have a little story about tattoos on the go. I hope it grows up into a book like yours one day :)

And you're right about the Trunk of Horrible. It can suck you in if you're not careful. Do not make direct contact.

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you so much, Mary, and best of luck to you with your story!

K. Allen Wood said...

Ah, congrats! Definitely not a bad home for your first book. =)

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you very much, Ken! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Don and Samhain!

C R Ward said...

Now that's what I call a fairy tale with a happy ending! Congratulations!

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you so much, C.R.!

Amalia Gladhart said...

Such great news! Congratulations!

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you very much, Amalia!


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