Mr.-Agent-Puzzle for Cash

bath photoThis is IT.

This is BIG.

This is THE NEWS.

This morning I got up, got signing, and got my agent!!

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(Wait, are you confused by the picture?  Why?  I celebrate with my husband like this all the time.)

Yay!!  It’s been such a fun week of congratulations from everyone from twitter-strangers to ex-boyfriends.  Thanks so much!  Now, I don’t want to set myself up for sorrow if my book doesn’t sell (yes, publishers will still have their say), but I DO want to be excited for where I’m at in this process and share that excitement.

In fact, the manuscript I queried, Shatter, is a young adult mystery suspense, so I’ve decided to stick to a covert theme.  If I had party favors for you, they’d be fake mustaches.  And instead of just announcing who I’ve signed with, I’ve set up a simple (simple!) puzzle.  I have a list of books below mostly from my genre, the first letters of which, when unjumbled, spell my fabulous agent’s name.  Solve it and be entered to win a $35 Barnes and Noble gift card.  Yay, prizes!

First Name Clues:

Snitch by Allison van Diepen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Outsiders (The) by S.E. Hinton

Last Name Clues:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Eleanor and Park by John Green
Zombie Kid by Jeff Savage
Extras by Scott Westerfeld


Hint: If you solve the first name puzzle and hope to use Google for help with the second, make sure to put the phrase “literary agent” in your search.

Leave your guess as a comment below.  (It won’t show up.)

Some of you know what Shatter is about from when it won the LDStorymakers’ First Chapter contest.  (*COUGH* the first two pages here *COUGH*)  For everyone else, I’ll end with the opening lines of the query letter that caught my agent’s attention.  Think of it like a jacket cover for the book.

Salem isn’t crazy, but she knows about conspiracies.  She’s putting a JFK conspiracy theory on mock trial at school.

Salem isn’t popular like her dead sister Carrie was, but she knows who’s involved in the real-life conspiracy behind Carrie’s death.

Her Verona High classmates.

Thanks, everyone!  The contest will go until Saturday night to give my LDStorymaker friends a chance at the action.  I’ll announce the answer and the winner on Sunday.  (Plus more deets on my agent!)

Attention:  I just found out people are having trouble leaving a comment.  If you don’t see a way to comment directly under this, click here.  You’ll see the post again and, under it, the comment section.  I hope.  I’m so new at this.  Sorry for the technical errors!

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39 Responses to Mr.-Agent-Puzzle for Cash

  1. Nikki THIS IS AWESOME! I’m so proud of you and can I just be the first annoying person to say that I always knew this would happen eventually. 🙂

  2. Talynn says:

    Josh Getzler???? Woot woot! Big congrats:)

  3. Jessie Mullins says:

    Josh Getzler! Congrats on landing an agent!! How exiting.

  4. Lisa Sledge says:

    Josh Getzler with HSG Literary Agency. Huge congratulations to you, Nikki! I’m thrilled for you that you found an agent and I look forward to hearing updates from you as the exciting process of getting published unfolds. Best of luck!

  5. Karly Nelson says:

    Josh Getzler! I am so excited for you Nikki!!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  6. Esther Zacharias says:

    Josh Getzler!

  7. Laura Anguiano says:

    Josh Getzler. Woohoo baby! Glad it’s public now, since I’ve been telling all my friends here already that you’re practically famous. 🙂

  8. Chad Rhoad says:

    Josh Getzler?!
    And, congratulations!!!

  9. Aaron says:

    I have no clue! But I’m THRILLED for you! 🙂 I can’t wait to read this! ahhhh I’m soo excited! 😀 😀 😀 😀

    -your cuz, Aaron 🙂

  10. Aften Brook Szymanski says:

    Josh Getzler

  11. Josh Getzler! Congrats again!!!

  12. Eric G says:

    Josh Getzler. I came up with Geltzer before using your Google trick – that Josh writes about counter-terrorism. I’m family so you don’t have to include me in the drawing but way to go!

  13. Congrats, Nikki! My guess is Josh Getzler. My first guess was Gretzle, you know, like the kid who eats the gingerbread house and gets in trouble with the witch. That didn’t bring up any promising hits on Google, sadly.

  14. Crystal says:

    Congratulations!!! That’s so exciting. 🙂 My guess is Josh Getzler.

  15. Writer Glo says:

    Congratulations, and enjoy the benefits
    Of an agent. First name: Josh
    Last name: have no clue. Lol. Can’t wait to find out the answer!

  16. Gwen Smith says:

    Congratulations Nikki. This is way cool.
    Josh Getzler

    Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

    37 West 28th St, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001

    years 23 (not all publishing)

  17. Kathy Harvey says:

    Josh Getzler

  18. Janice says:

    It’s a good thing you are a waaaaay better writer than I am a puzzle solver! I’m so lame I can’t even figure out the first name – good thing I know your phone number 🙂 Did I mention how excited I am for you?!! Whoo hoo!!!

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  20. Agathe Dupre says:

    Good morning,

    the answer is Josh Getzler.

    Thank you so much for a chance to win a gift card.

    Can’t wait to read the book.

    Kind regards,

  21. Bianca says:

    It’s Josh Getzler, and congrats! I’m not that far yet, still need to do revising and editing, but hope to be able to make such an announcement somewhere in the future, too!

  22. Sandy Dell says:

    Congrats! That is so exciting! Can’t wait to read it!

    Josh Geltzer

  23. Found you through Karen’s site (who I love!)

    Congrats on signing with a literary agent! That is such exciting news! I read the first pages, and I just want to keep reading! Sounds like my kind of novel : )

    I think I cracked your puzzle! Your literary agent is Josh Getzler. I have google to thank for that!

  24. Josh Getzler and congratulations!! Exciting times!!

  25. Yay, congrats!!!!
    It’s Josh Getzler, right? So happy for you!!

  26. Nathan says:

    I guess Josh Getlzer. CONGRATTSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Kellie Gonsalves says:

    First of all, congratulations! I am somewhere between “twitter-strangers to ex-boyfriends” I am a friend of Karen’s and we probably met once. I am so excited for your success so far and I hope it continues! I look forward to hearing more/reading your book someday =)
    Second of all, Josh Getzler!

  28. Katie says:

    Josh Getzler! I love the beginning of Shatter – Congratulations on your new agent!

  29. Gloria Geiger says:

    First name: Josh
    Last Name: Getzler

    I’m a good detective! Lol

  30. Wilma Rich says:

    I’m so excited for you, your hard work is starting to be recognized. Getting an agent is a major accomplishment. I love hearing success stories from WIFE even if I live a state away. Congrats, girl.

  31. Janice says:

    Josh Getzler!! (Not Zeltger) You know what I did wrong the first time? I read way too fast and thought you wanted us to use the first letters of EACH WORD in the book titles! Which made the last name really impossibly long 🙂 As soon as I slowed down and read it again it made much more sense!

  32. Josh Getzler! Congrats! I’m so excited for you!

  33. Josh Getzler! I’m seriously *so* happy for you!!!

  34. Hyo says:

    Josh Getzler.

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  36. Nichole Eck says:

    Josh Getzler!

  37. Anne Tedeton says:

    Oh! I recognize that name! Josh Getzler. Congratulations! You’re in good hands. Hope your book sells quickly 🙂

  38. Nikki Trionfo says:

    Thanks, thanks, thanks everyone!!

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