My first offer of representation — For Roxana

As if today wasn’t exciting enough with the news that journalist Roxana Saberi was released from prison in Iran, a literary agent contacted me, out of the blue.

Unfortunately, she didn’t want my book. She wanted Roxana’s.

(For those of you who don’t know already, I’ve been helping with the FreeRoxana campaign.)

Roxana hasn’t even written a book yet (although she was working on one about Iranian culture when she was arrested). Who knows if she plans to write about her experience in Evin prison. But if she does, she’s got a literary agent — probably many agents — waiting for her.

Of course, it’s easier to sell a book if you’re famous. But I think there’s another message in this: If you’ve got a fabulous idea, a super story to tell, you can create a book that will sell.

Roxana, your book had better not come out before mine. (Kidding! Kidding!)