Please, Nobody Pinch Me

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Sep 9, 2011 in Writer's Life |

So my writing life’s been pretty rosy lately–I’ve got a couple new short stories out (including my all-time favorite, not for the faint of heart), made some short story sales and got a reprint in this squid anthology, received my first four-figure royalty check (four figures if you count the decimals),Β  and have a ton of fan mail (okay, just one email) sitting in my inbox waiting for a response. Things were going swimmingly, I thought, and I was fairly pleased with the progress my writing career was making…

And then I got THE CALL.

Uh, huh. That’s the one. The one I’ve been dreaming about for years now. On Wednesday I had a great conversation with wonder-agent Jennifer Jackson (no that’s not a typo) about my manuscript THE PREY OF GODS and she offered me representation! I’ve just about picked my jaw up off the floor, but my head is still spinning to see my name listed on her website among writers like Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Amanda Downum and Martha Wells. I’m a bit tongue-tied, but let’s just say it’s pretty surreal.

I’m so pleased that all of the countless hours I’ve spent glued to my keyboard, swept up in delusional dreams of being a writer are finally paying off. But somehow I have a feeling that the real work is still ahead of me.


Nicky Drayden
Sep 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh, and isn’t that image awesome? Done by the artist at the age of 17! A butterfly landed on my nose while I was out for a walk last fall, and I took it as a sign of great changes to come. Boy, did I underestimate how great they would be!

Spencer Ellsworth
Sep 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

Nicole, this is brilliant! Congratulations painted in thirty-foot high letters. On the Empire State Building. While it EXPLODES!!!!

rebecca schwarz
Sep 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

Sweet! Congrats!

Sep 9, 2011 at 9:00 am


Kameron Hurley
Sep 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

Congrats! You will love working with Jenn.

John Murphy
Sep 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

That’s fantastic, congratulations!

Anne Becker
Sep 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

Nicole that is AWESOME! Congratulations!!

Michael Curry
Sep 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

Very awesome, both for you and for Jenn!

Bill Edwards
Sep 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

goode too c i passsed own my riting jeans. u gette it oll form me.

i was alwise a goode riter. i thunk i whele statr ritin agin.

Your Dod

J. Kathleen Cheney
Sep 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm


Also, I really liked (and was creeped out by) Our Drunken Tjeng ;o)

Samuel Mae
Sep 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Awesome, Nicole! *snoopy dance*

Sep 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

So, so happy for you. That’s brilliant news. Absolutely wonderful. Well done! And lucky Jennifer, we knew you were special. Hah!

Wonderful news.

Deirdre Saoirse Moen
Sep 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

OMG, how exciting!

Patrice Sarath
Sep 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

So fantastic! Congratulations! Yay!

Sophia Chang
Sep 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Congratulations! I came over from your agent’s blog. Did you really completely cold query her? That’s like spotting a unicorn.

cherie priest
Sep 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations, and welcome to the club! Jennifer is fantastic, and I’ve been very, very happy as part of her list πŸ™‚

Nicky Drayden
Sep 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thanks everybody! I’m so giddy I don’t know what to do with myself. Yes, it was just a regular cold query, no connections. It does happen!

Miranda Suri
Sep 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Wow – that is epic, fabulous, all-round great news! Congrats!!!

Stephanie Leary
Sep 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

AWESOME. Congratulations!!

S. Boyd Taylor
Sep 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Very epic πŸ™‚ Congratulations. Like JK, I also enjoyed Our Drunken Tjeng.

Kristine Smith
Sep 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Congratulations, and welcome to Team Jenn!

Saladin Ahmed
Sep 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Cool to be agent-mates with you – I dig your stories! Jennifer’s great, and you’ll be very pleased with the work she does.

Dolly Garland
Sep 10, 2011 at 2:07 am

Congratulations :-)) That’s amazing. And I agree, Jennifer is most definitely a wonder-agent.

Cate Morgan
Sep 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

And you’re still coherent? I think my brain might have exploded just a little. Congratulations!! I wish you every possible success, and more. One magnificent leap for an author, one gi-normous, thrilling leap for author-kind. *radiates good karma from every pore* πŸ˜€

Milo James Fowler
Sep 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

Yahoo! Well done. Jay Lake? Holy cow! Very, very cool indeed.

Mary Robinette Kowal
Sep 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

Congratulations and welcome! Jenn is indeed a wonder-agent. You’ll adore working with her.

Sep 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Fantabulous! You deserve this. Enjoy every moment and please please share what you can so the time we spend glued to our keyboards, we can temporarily live subliminally through you. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though. Huge congrats.

Sep 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Subliminally = vicariously. What the heck… there’s got to be a story in that.

Sep 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Saw the good news on your new agent’s blog. My very best to you.

Stephanie M. LorΓ©e
Sep 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Congratulations on your respresentation and all of your success with Write1Sub1 and beyond! Really, an amazing year for you. πŸ™‚

Samuel Mae
Sep 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

‘gratz, Nicole! Also, i’m very happy ‘Our Drunken Tjeng’ found a home.

Deana Zhollis
Oct 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Woot! Woot! Congrats!

Oct 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I’m jealous and happy. You’ve worked hard, been dedicated, and not wasted loads of time on angst (as far as I ever saw). You’re going to do so well! Hurray for you and your stories. I’d hug you if I could, but you might just prefer clapping and cheering. Anyway. Way to go!



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