Saturday, June 07, 2008

Welcome Amy Minato!

Amy Minato is an Oregon poet and writer. She came to me via the usual pages and SASE in the mail. I fell in love with her work.

Her book, Siesta Lane, is 35,000 words. It's a series of linked stories, meditations, and observations. In other words, it's everything I tell you not to do, or write, or send to me.

And yet...

it's utterly beautiful.

I sent it around to editors I knew would see its beauty. They did. I have a stack of lyrical rejection letters, most of which start with "Janet I love this but it's 35K!"

Then I sent it to Ann Triestman at Skyhorse. She's got an amazing ability to see promise where others saw problems.

She offered, we accepted.

Siesta Lane will be published next year. To get a sense of why I love this book, you can click here to see Amy's spiffy new website.

I love this job, I do!


Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Amy's words took away my breath, left me waiting for the next gust of words.

I am placing her book on my Amazon wishlist.

Standing ovation. Stellar work, indeed.

Dharma Kelleher said...

Congrats to you and to Amy!

Of course, you realize now you've encouraged all of those writers to NOT pay attention to your submission guidelines! ::grin::


Kristin Laughtin said...

Even the snippets on her website are gorgeous. Very inspiring.

Julie Weathers said...

Congratulations to both of you.

Good news indeed.