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As posted on Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf yesterday…

Bethany Strout at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has bought a debut novel, The Shine Between Us by Sarah Tomp. In the story, a girl will do anything to leave her small Appalachian town, including making and selling moonshine to finance her college education. But when she falls for a boy whose ties to the town run deep she must choose between him and the life she’s always dreamed of. Publication is set for fall 2014; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management held the auction for North American rights.


Couldn’t be more thrilled!

Having a debut novel to announce has been both a long time coming and a flash of wow.

I am incredibly grateful to so many – so very many – writer friends who have, in one way or another helped me to get to this moment. No way would I have done this on my own. Lucky for me, I know the best people in the world to have along on a tough journey.

But my agent, Catherine Drayton, was truly amazing in making this deal happen. I so appreciate her tenacious enthusiasm and confidence. She’s the flash of wow.

Sarah Wones Tomp


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It’s official!

I’ve received the signed Agency Contract to prove it: Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management is now my literary agent!

I will try to restrain the explanation marks, but I could not be more thrilled and amazed. (!)

I had to get my nerve up to query her. Not because she’s rumored to be scary or rude. She’s definitely not. It was because of the authors she represents. Her client list is made up of authors I admire, who write books I adore – writers I would be tongue-tied and fan-girl goofy to meet. She represents awe-thors.

But I heard she sometimes gives nice rejections.

She also gives the absolute nicest knock-me-over-and-make-me-grin-for-days calls if she’s interested.

I’m not any kind of expert in this process, but here’s my advice to those of you looking for an agent.

Find out who represents the books you love. The books you can’t imagine not being in this world. The books that make you want to write better. Query that agent.


Sarah Wones Tomp


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