Where the @&*%$ are The Lost Girls??

LG Press & Media, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, The Lost Girls: The Book — By on June 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Okay, we’ll admit it. We’ve been very, very lackadaisical about posting lately. I mean, three weeks since we last put something up? Ridiculous! But, of course, it’s not because we’re slackers (Oh no-perish the thought!) In the past several months, Jen, Holly and I have indeed been working hard on another LG project, something that we’re finally ready (and very excited) to share officially…

In fall 2009, The Lost Girls will become a book! Fo shizzle!

Not long after we returned home from our year abroad (when we were still totally broke and had yet to find paying jobs), the three of us went up to Holly’s mom’s house in Syracuse, NY to spend a couple weeks in our pajamas, hunkered over our respective laptops, in an attempt to put together a book proposal. Not that any of us actually knew what we were doing. We simply bought some how-to guides with names like Book Proposals for Dummies, and The Complete Moron’s Guide to Selling a Book, stocked up on piles of fatty/salty/sugary snacks from Wegman’s grocery store (plus a huge tin of Holly’s mom’s cookies) and installed ourselves at the dining room table to get started.

Writing the proposal felt exactly like cramming for finals-an intense, pressure-cooker situation that combined lack of sleep, information overload, and way too many carbohydrates.

Our days went something like this: wake up, eat breakfast, write, eat a snack, write, write some more, take a break to walk around the neighborhood (or if you’re Holly, sprint at a leisurely 9 mile an hour pace), shower, eat lunch, write, write, write, take a break to watch old episodes of Felicity on DVD, eat, write, eat, write, write, crash. Sleep. Repeat.

It took us a longer than we’d planned and we’d all gotten a bit puffier in the process, but we eventually flew back to NYC with a solid 50-page proposal in hand. Woo-hoo!

After securing superagent Ken Wright (a story best saved for another blog post!), tacking on a 30-page sample chapter (apparently, publishers want to see if you can actually write) and stressing as Ken shopped The Lost Girls around to NYC publishing houses, we finally got the news that blew our minds:

Harper Collins–The Harper Collins-wanted to buy our idea. We’d have a year to turn it into a 300-page manuscript. Now, where could they send the contract?

Holy crap!!

It took some doing (and a few cocktails at Tabla), but Superagent Ken assured us that yes, the sale was indeed for real. And now, the only thing that remains is for us to write the darn thing.

So, as we go through that process, we’ll be sharing some of the highlights (and lowlights, of course) on the Lost Girls blog.

Here’s a fun news item on The Lost Girls (the book, not the blog) in Variety:

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    13 Comments

  • MzTravelDiva says:

    Congratulations! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to the book!

  • Not Another Tourist says:

    Congrats! The first thing I thought of when I discovered your blog was, “wow- this should be a book!” I will definitely buy your book and I promise to pay full price (for the paperback)!

  • Schmanders says:

    Thanks! We’re psyched about it, and trying to figure out how to balance work, writing, travel and real life. We’ll be posting about it as we go!

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  • Sarah says:

    Congrats you guys! I’m thrilled for you and eager to read it when it’s out!

    Sarah

  • Nomadic Matt says:

    wow! that’s prety #%$#%# awesome. I’ll buy your book and help feel travel writers out. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a book myself…and have 2 half written novels done…maybe one day I’ll actually finish them…

  • Nomadic Matt says:

    it’s going to be a movie too! holy crapola!!

  • Jessica says:

    Congrats! I don’t think I have ever left a comment before, but I’ve been following your blog for a really long time. It was such an inspiration to me while I was in the planning stages for the six week trip my husband and I took to Spain last summer to walk the Camino de Santiago.

    I’m really excited to hear that you’re got your book deal. It couldn’t happen to three more talented and inspirational people!

  • Rum Runner says:

    I am so excited for you. The three of you are my idols. For real. Finding your blog (after your trip) encouraged me to head for a different life. Too bad I waited until I was 50!

  • Rum Runner says:

    OH and a MOVIE DEAL TOO! Congrats!

  • Just started watching band of brothers 2 for my first time to avoid doing errands, and I can already tell Samantha & I are a lot alike. Lol.

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