EDITOR: I’ve taken your blog to the head of publishing and he’s very excited. We’d love to publish your book.
QUINN: Great, where can I send you a writing sample?
EDITOR: I…don’t need a writing sample. We’re offering you a deal.
QUINN: Terrific! So, I’ll just be waiting for you to think it over, decide if I’m right for you.
EDITOR: (Very slowly) Hyperion…wants…to…publish…your…book...now.
You’ll have to forgive me. People get book deals all the time but the book deals come though years of hard work and the tender ministrations of a dogged literary agent (or because the author has had sex with a famous person, which is another kind of hard work and tender ministration). Book deals don’t just leave emails saying “Hey. You want to write a book?”
Only, apparently, sometimes they do.
If you listen very, very carefully, you might hear the tiny smack!-splash...