Let’s see. How should I announce that my debut novel, DEATHMARK (the working title), a Quebec City urban fantasy about a world of grim reapers and a one rebellious tattoo artist, will be published? Should I say it with balloons? Cupcakes? Fist bumps for all? Chippendale dancers?

Since completing the novel and signing with my agent, I have been longing to hear that DEATHMARK has a home. I’ve imagined various ways to announce that Ollie and Brent will be heard and the world of Styx and grim reapers will finally be “seen.”

Someone suggested that I post a gif or video of me expressing my excitement in my blog announcement. But I don’t twerk when I’m told good news. (Fact: you will never find me dancing in a flash mob, unless it is a grim reaper flash mob and that’s only because it’s better to blend into the crowd than go noticed by some soul-hungry reaper. Just sayin’.)

So let’s pretend in the below gif that I am the celebratory reaper on the right, m’kay?

Bam! Book Deal!

This past year has been an emotional roller coaster (depression, goodbyes, x-country move, cool new job, wonderful friends, old and new). Because of the support from New Leaf Literary, my friends, and family, and because I’m finally taking names and chewing bubblegum (or is that chewing bubblegum and kicking ass?), I have zen-like peace for my debut book deal. I’m grateful. I’m relieved. My eyes get misty when I think about setting Ollie and Brent free on the world. And I smile too. Yes, yes, lots of smiling.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to Suzie Townsend & Danielle Poiesz

Here’s to DEATHMARK and my talented, sweet-as-pie editor Allison Blisard and Entangled Publishing LLC. I am so thrilled to be part of the Entangled family.

Merci beaucoup.


Deal Announcement:

November 5, 2013
Digital: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Abigail Baker’s debut DEATHMARK, featuring the last Scrivener, a young woman who works for the Grim Reapers, marking humans who have cheated death, until she must mark her only human friend, to Danielle Poiesz at Entangled, with Allison Blisard editing, in a three-book deal, bySuzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media.