Book Announcement: Chick Magnet

So I have some career news.

Emma Barry's CHICK MAGNET, pitched as a pop culture mash-up of The Chicks' Gaslighter album and a grumpy, modern-day James Herriot, featuring a social media starlet who gained a following thanks to her flock of backyard chickens and who is seeking a fresh start post bad break-up when she has an unfortunate run-in with her new neighbor, a handsome yet broody local veterinarian, to Lauren Plude at Montlake in a two-book deal, by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost literary agency.

That’s right: you’re going to get more books from me! I can officially tell you that Chick Magnet, my sunshine-y chicken keeping influencer + grumpy small town veterinarian romance, is coming soon. I don’t have a release date yet, but I cannot wait to put this book into your hands.

I’m massively grateful to my agent for believing in me and in my book and to Lauren Plude and everyone at Montlake for having an amazing vision for Chick Magnet.

As you probably know, my self-confidence and I took a long midnight walk. I didn’t write anything except novellas for literally years, I split with another agent, and I seriously contemplated quitting. But what stopped me was the hankering to write something I liked again. If I was going to quit, I wanted to go out with a book that was just for me, so I wasn’t leaving writing from a place of fear. That book turned out to be Chick Magnet.

I’m so grateful to my friends who believed in me, even during those years (and years and years) when I could not write and was basically a sentient existential crisis. So many people have been generous with their time and expertise, and I’m just awash in feelings.

Anyhow, I can’t wait for you to meet Will and Nic and the chickens—so many chickens. If you need to plug Chick Magnet into your veins (and ear drums), here’s the playlist.

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