Anatomy of a Book Deal

“The Wednesday after Blue Monday — Blue Wednesday, if you will — I was having a typically somber pity party on the couch when my email pinged. My agent. ‘You’ve been offered a deal for your novel. In Germany.’

I paused Netflix, read it again. My agent is nothing like Estelle from Friends, but if it helps, picture Estelle from Friends, blue smoke, blue rinse, smoker’s larynx (Welsh accent), saying: ‘You got the part, kid.’ Cough, splutter, grin.”