Update



Well...the good news is that I've been offered a two-book deal in Germany.

Apparently my novel went to auction over there and Goldmann's won. That doesn't sound quite right, but I don't know how else to put it!

I'm really thrilled, not least because I'll be sharing a publisher with Sophie Kinsella, Cally Taylor and Stephen King, among others. My husband's particularly thrilled because he lived over there for a while and speaks fluent German. So at least he'll be able to read it.

The not-so-good news is that there's nothing on the UK front - yet. It's still out with publishers though and I'm probably being FAR too impatient. I had no idea that waiting could be so tiring. All that email checking and the effort involved in trying NOT to email-check. It's messing with my chakras.

I urgently need to take up yoga.

Comments

Cait O'Connor said…
Congratulations Karen, that is wonderful news. It doesn't matter what country publishes your novel as long as it is published.
Suzanne Jones said…
FABULOUS news, Karen. I'm so, so pleased.

Congratulations.

XX
That's fabulous news! Well done!
HelenMHunt said…
That's great news. I'm sure a UK deal won't be far behind x
Fia said…
Congratulations. A two book deal is a fantastic achievement.
LauraCassidy said…
Yay!! That's so great!
Kerry said…
Squeee! This is brilliant news Karen - a two book deal and an auction? Stuff o'dreams.

Don't worry about the UK you have built it (the book!) and they will come.

Full and whole hearted sympathy about the waiting driving you mental. I've started acting like a Tennessee Walliams leading lady - and not in a good way!!

Crack that champagne!!
Jan Jones said…
Fabulous, Karen! Well done, you!
Teresa Ashby said…
Brilliant news, Karen - this is just the beginning! Congratulations x
Queenie said…
Woo HOO Karen that's terrific news! Well done you! And I'm sure there will be more to come.
Jayne said…
Brilliant news! Love the pic of flying the flag. :)

Isn't it exciting - people actually bidding for your book? And to share a publisher with such fab people - OMG!

The UK side will happen, I'm sure. It must be very hard to curb the impatience though - yoga is good!
Bernadette said…
That's absolutely fantastic, Karen! So pleased for you.

So you already know it's a good enough book to be bought by a publisher - th UK ones will be there soon too. (Trust me - I have strange powers and know these things!)
Amanda said…
Herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch, Karen - Wie fabelhaft!
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Susie Vereker said…
Congratulations, Karen. That's brilliant. Quick result too. Promises well for the future.
Francine said…
Hi,

Wow, you've cracked Germany! They're big on reading - and not easy to please . . .

That's great.
best
F
Maddie Moon said…
Das ist sehr gut, Karen!

Many congratulations! This is just the start. I'm sure you'll be reeling off a whole list of countries soon.

You must be thrilled.
Alis said…
Many congratulations Karen! That's great news.
I feel a particular warmth for Goldmann,myself, as they publish Testament, so we shall be stablemates!
Hope the chakras are coping...
Anna May said…
Well Done - your first steps to WORLD domination !
Anna May x
Joanne Fox said…
Wow - this is fantastic! Bring on the Champagne! I shouldn't worry about the Uk. Once you've got your foot on the ladder I'm sure that other doors will open for you. (Sorry for using 2 cliches in one sentence there!) x
Denise said…
Fantastic! I went to a book signing of someone who had her book published first in Germany, then got a UK deal, so it'll be coming soon :-)

Really well done, and I hope you enjoy the champagne.
Christine said…
Congratulations Karen, I'm very pleased for you.
Pat Posner said…
Brilliant news, Karen.
Congratulations

xxPat
Debs said…
OMG!!! Many congratulations, that's brilliant news. My sister in law will be thrilled as she's austrian and so will be able to read your book.

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Chris Stovell said…
Coming in very late to say HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! (And don't forget that Victoria Connolly was first pbed in Gernamy and one of her books was made into a film there too.) Great news.
Jean said…
That's great news! Congratulations!
TOM FOOLERY said…
Clarkey, Dead chuffed for you.
Germany! Two books! Sounds mighty good to me :))) The world is your oyster m'dear.

All the best.
Tommoxx (and Pete the Gnome) ;-)
Honeysuckle said…
Brilliant! Love the blog's bright new look too.
Anna said…
Oh that's wonderful!! Uber wonderful, actually... :))) Many many congrats!!
L-Plate Author said…
Never doubted you for a moment, you uber-talented chick you ;)

It's only a matter of time before a UK publisher realises what they are missing...x
SpiralSkies said…
Oh, blimey, how have I only just seen this?! Just brilliant and exciting and, well, other adjectives of aceness!

The UK bit will come. It will.

In the meantime, I'm loving the concept of 'urgent yoga'. Can I nick it?
Glynis said…
Brilliant news, congratulations!
Lorna F said…
Many many congratulations, Karen! I'm so pleased for you. Must brush up my German. As for the UK publishers - yes, you're absolutely right, waiting is utterly exhausting. What I resent is that it takes so much energy away from composing new work - though I'm sure that's not so in your case. xx
Lydia said…
Very late with this - but OMG huge congrats! The Germans obviously have great taste. Go glug some champagne for me you international author you! x
LilyS said…
That's fab news and keeping everything crossed for good news on the UK front!
Lane said…
Sorry to be so late Karen in saying ... CONGRATULATIONS! It's a fab achievement I'm sure, nay certain, that a UK deal won't be far off.

Absolutely brilliant. Well done my girl. x
Camilla said…
Well done Karen, what a great achievement!
Dumdad said…
Great news. Congrats! Today Germany, tomorrow the world!
FPDuck said…
It's a start, and a damned good start at that. Congratulations! As for UK publishing, isn't Goldmann's part of the Random House group?
Fionnuala said…
OMG OMG OMG OMG KAREN!!!!!!!
What fabulous news! Am going to email you straight away...x
Karen said…
Thank you all for your lovely, supportive commments.

To be honest I've become a bit jaded by the waiting, thinking things were really going to take off, only to realise it may not happen at all in the UK. Certainly not for some time anyway.

I guess it's time to get my finger out and get on with some more writing instead of obsessively waiting for a 'fabulous news' email.

Let's face it, this time last year I didn't even think I'd get as far has having an agent, so I really must stop mooching about and be bloody grateful I have someone out there rooting for me, as well as you lovely lot :o)
Karen said…
Mike, Goldmann's are part of Random House, which kind of made me think/hope maybe the UK branch might be interested but apparently it doesn't work like that :o(
Karen said…
Oh and I haven't taken up 'urgent yoga' but I have booked some Pilates classes starting in September!