This from Publishers Marketplace:
"Susan Elia's CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, to Kate Miciak at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2011, by Victoria Skurnick at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency."
All right, so the actual title is MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY — and my name is Susan Elia MacNeal — but, still, pretty awesome.
Thank you, Victoria. Thank you, Kate. Thank you, Noel. Thank you, Idria.
And thank you, Random House, for sending not only a contract, but a (gasp) check! It even came with a cover letter on the cream-and-brown Random House stationery I remember so vividly from interning there in the early nineties. (And not only did I use the stationery, but I remember typing on it. Like, with a typewriter.) I even remember the floor with the contracts — although Random House long since been bought by Bertlesmann and has moved from East 50th Street to new digs in Midtown.
Still, remembering working on the stationery and now getting my own letter in the mail, it's a lovely full-circle kind of feeling.