I was able to take the middle kid and attend the author visit at our library yesterday. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl stopped in during their Southern state publicity tour. They chatted and read from their debut novel, "Beautiful Creatures" for about an hour. The CRM from Barnes and Noble was on hand to sell the book, so we bought one and had the authors sign it.
It was very interesting to hear about how the story came to be, how they became agented and their road to publication. Most definitely not the norm and most definitely proof that knowing people in the industry helps once you've written the best book you can. The book was auctioned and the authors selected Little Brown from a field of several houses. A movie is in the works, Warner Bros. picked up the film rights. A screenwriter has been named and if I heard correctly, a director/producer has been picked as well.
All in two years time. Zero to Sixty.
Hubby asked me if it motivated me to get back to my own writing. No, not really. Those two gals put the E in exception and not the E in rule.
Can't wait to read their book; first two chapters pull you in and make you want to carve out some major time to read more.