Hard on the heels of last week's entertaining news that the National Book Foundation had erred in announcing the title of one of the nominees and thus six (not five) books would be finalists in the YA category, comes the very NOT entertaining news Lauren Myracle as been asked to withdraw her erroneously announced SHINE--and she's agreed.
If this happened to one of my clients, I'd be a puddle of sizzling shark shards on the carpet. Frankly, I can't think of anything more awful in the non-lethal or non-disease category than this.
I feel bad for Harold Augenbraum executive director of the National Book Foundation. He's a very nice guy and I'm sure he didn't wake up last week and say "let's see how we can eviscerate a YA author." I don't agree with the choice the NBF made, but they didn't ask me and I'm not a member.
I feel bad for the editor, publisher and agent for SHINE. To be one of the nominees is a singular moment and my guess is more than few champagne corks popped in their respective offices.
(Libba Bray's post about being 'back stage at the clusterfuck" is brilliant)
But my heart breaks for the author. There's nothing I can say that will comfort her, but there's one thing I can DO to show my support for her gracious behavior in the face of this horrible turn of events.
I can buy her book.
You can too.