Friday, September 26, 2008


I can finally put that in my subject line! Yay! This is the announcement that was in Publisher's Marketplace today:


Cynthia Jaynes Omololu's DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, in which the garbage-filled world of a 16 year-old girl comes crashing down around her even as she gets her first glimpse of what it might be like to be "normal" rather than living cloaked in the secret shame of her mom's out-of-control hoarding to Mary Kate Castellani at Walker, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

From the minute I got the idea for this book, I loved it. Erin felt the same and never stopped cheering for me, even when I wallowed in angst. I had so much great help from the folks at the Children of Hoarders forum - special shout out to Donna Austin, my wonderful critique partners who gave their all in emergency critiquing and from my fabulous friends and family who never thought I was a joke. You guys rock!

Mary Kate is going to be a wonderful editor, and I can't wait to get started. She ran with the book right from the start, and it's so great to have someone so excited in your corner. So many of the editors who saw the book had such nice things to say that it just goes to show what a great group of people kidlit editors are. I wish I could have worked with all of them.

I have to go toast this news with a strong cup of coffee and get on with my day. Celebrating with champagne and caviar, you might wonder? Nope. Yard duty and soccer practice. Some things never change.

On this date: In 1957, West Side Story opens.


Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations!

Question: How long was it out with MKC at Walker?


Robin L said...

Congratulation, Cyn! The story sounds amazing.

Looking forward to reading it!

Anonymous said...

You sooo deserve this! Congratulations!

Linda Salzman said...

Great news, congratulations! I've been following along and rooting for you. It's especially heartening when one of the nice people succeed.

Natalie said...

This is such a well-done story--unlike anything out there. I am SO looking forward to seeing it on the shelves in all its glory. Woo hoo! :-)

Disco Mermaids said...

Strong coffee and deserve it! Seriously, you have such perseverance. You had a lot of help, but really, YOU made this happen. I can't tell you how happy I am for you.


tech said...

Thanks guys - still happy dancing through the house. When I'm not going to a soccer game.

cynjay said...

Whoops! That last post was me...slinking around in my freelance persona.

lizzy_lyn said...

I check to see what you're up to and look at what I found! Big congratulations!!

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