I’m over-the-moon excited to share the announcement for the publication of two of Ana Holguin’s novels: a romcom currently titled The Upside to Being Wrong, and a romantic women’s fiction currently titled Music People!
Ana Holguin’s THE UPSIDE TO BEING WRONG, an enemies-to-lovers romcom about a Latinx Peloton/SoulCycle-esque spin instructor and a skeptical journalist hoping to dig up some dirt for his cover story on her rise to fame; and MUSIC PEOPLE, a romantic women’s fiction about a Latinx film composer who finally gets the her chance to break the industry’s glass ceiling but only if she agrees to work alongside her old music school rival, to Sam Brody at Forever, for publication in spring 2025, by Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).
Once upon a time…
When Ana queried The Upside to Being Wrong, I knew I stumbled upon the next Abby Jimenez. Though it’s a play on the Peloton/SoulCycle hype, I could definitely get behind it because I’m in a barre studio, and there’s something so wonderfully powerful and exciting being a part of a group like that and quasi-influencer trainers supporting you and leading the way. Throw in a grumpy journalist digging for dirt? Yes please. I was so deeply in love with her adult romance voice that I made an offer of rep for Upside. We had a great conversation on the call and via email about her writing, where she sees herself in the future, what her dream career would look like, and where my own strengths and interests overlap as well.
And so began our journey into romance submissions. The market is so hard to break into, and many editors were saying they were overwhelmed with romcom submissions so it would take some time. To keep her mind off the submission wheel, Ana then wrote another manuscript. I swear, it was like she took a peek into my head and wrote it just for me, because Music People is such a me-book! Female composers, film/TV composers, the difficulty of a career in music (let alone one within Hollywood), combined with big feels, a large, warm family, and misunderstandings/hate-to-love? Yes yes yes.
Ana has such a great, engaging voice in her writing, but Upside and Music had two different tones to the narratives. I put that on submission too, pitching it as more women’s fiction. While this was a little tricky to navigate, in the end it all worked out. Sam Brody is the perfect editor to bring Ana’s voicey romances to the world, and Forever is the perfect home for Ana’s books!
And the rest…is history.
Congratulations, Ana!! You’re going to be a published author!