Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Cleaning Lady and A New Bantam Deal....

So, Lisa, my cleaning lady also happens to be a nanny, so a few weeks ago, amid a terrible freak out that I was never going to get any work done - I hired her to babysit my daughter for one morning a week. This stressed me right out - I like Lisa, but I was a little convinced that she was going to kidnap my daughter and sell her on Yonge Street. I'm crazy, but I think it's a common fear anytime you hire someone to look after your kid.

Now, at the same time a proposal I had written was garnering some interest. And then, suddenly it was garnering A LOT of interest. It seemed for one dreamy weekend like I was going to have the job of picking between two interested houses, but at one house the last person that needed to read the proposal before they could offer went on vacation. The other house made an offer but my agent wanted "everyone to be able to come to the table." So, on Tuesday it was all going to shake out.

Tuesday was also the day that Lisa was going to take Lucy for the morning. So, Lisa and Lucy trundle off to the park and I call Maureen and Sinead a thousand times to ask them what they would do if they had to choose between houses? Editors? Promotional promises? Money? Maureen had firm arguments for both sides. Sinead said Bantam. Every time.

My agent calls to say that Bantam wants a pre-empt on a two book deal. I don't have to make a decision! I'm so sick to my stomach with giddiness and nerves I can barely stand it. I giggle and stress out and call my husband, call Maureen and Sinead, my folks.

But what's really crazy, in this business where success feels like luck, I suddenly felt like the other shoe was going to drop. Like for this good fortune I was going to have to pay some price. And then I realized that my daughter was still out with Lisa. And what did I really know about Lisa? Really? Who hires thier cleaning lady to look after thier toddler? Am I nuts?

I stood on my front porch in a weird panic and I answered calls from my agent to hammer out delivery dates and other exciting things and the whole time my heart was in throat.

And then, they arrived. Lucy was filthy and happy. Lisa had bought her piece of pizza. And there it was - the best part of this ridiculous day - a two book deal with Bantam and my daughter didn't get sold on Yonge Street.

11 comments:

Ryshia Kennie said...

Congrats! I'm sensing the deal was well deserved and not a bit of luck there. And the toddler - that was worth a chuckle - apparently demand was down that day :)

Karen W said...

You go girl!

Maureen McGowan said...

Still flying high on your good news Molly!! (and so glad that cute little Lucy didn't get sold on Yonge St.)

Simone said...

Yay, Molly!

Also, yay on not losing your child to slavery!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news Molly.

Major congratulations!

Susanne

Sinead M said...

It is a good day when your kids don't get sold into slavery.
This deal is so well deserved, Molly and I am really excited to read the rest of the book(s)

Eileen said...

OMG!!!! Just got back from an out of town soccer tournament to see this! Molly, Molly, Molly!!! That is beyond fantastic! Both the book deal and the part where no one sold your child. I don't even know what Yonge Street is and I'm still excited.

YAY!!!!!!!

Molly O'Keefe said...

I'm not sure if Yonge street is the child selling capital of toronto, but it seemed like a good place to start - you can get anything on Yonge Street!

Thanks for all the good wishes! I am excited and nervous about the challanges of single title - but what the hey, you know?

In other news Lisa nd Lucy are fast friends and that's all worked out fine!

Margaret Moore said...

Many hearty congratulations!

Stephanie Doyle said...

So let me get this straight... they sell kids on Yonge Street?

Huh. What about kittens? Can I get kittens on this street? Or puppies?

Must check out Yonge street next time I'm in Canada.

I've said it a million times - but here it is again. Congratulations.

Nelsa said...

OMG, Molly!!!!!!! So so so happy for you! I'm glad your daughter returned safe and sound and all that - but holy heck BANTAM??? Congratulations. So well deserved!

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