I've already said much of what has lead me to this point before in THIS post, or THIS one, or even THIS SERIES of posts, way back in the distant past detailing my path to getting my first agent. (That link is the first post, I think I did it in 5 parts or something crazy like that. Also, I probably sound incredibly naive in those posts, so don't judge too harshly!)
It's been a long, long road.
SOMETHING BIG HAPPENED.
Since I'm struggling to figure out what to write, instead of words, I'll use images. Today, this post is about something that makes me feel like this:
And now, finally, I get to share this from Publisher's Weekly:
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic Press has bought Sara B. Larson's Defy, a debut YA adventure romance pitched as in the vein of Kristin Cashore and Leigh Bardugo. In the novel, the fiercest member of a prince's elite guard is actually a girl disguised as a boy, who gets embroiled in a deadly game of thrones while keeping her secret, and realizes she has far deeper feelings for the prince than she thought. The book will pub in spring 2014; Josh Adams at Adams Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.
I've been dying to share this news for a while and now I finally get to! AAAGGGHH!!!! ALL THE HAPPINESS!!!
When I got the call from Josh, he asked me how I was doing and then said, "Well, you're going to be published!"
I thought I'd do this:
Which I totally did... eventually. But when he said that to me, before I even knew who or what, I think I said, "I am?" and then did this:
And then when I found out who and what I did this:
(Except, they were ECSTATIC tears... But the ice cream is really appropriate because my hubby brought home ice cream to celebrate!)
Tears of joy, tears of relief... I'm sure Josh thought I was crazy.
But after my tears dried, there definitely was a lot of this:
Wow, that's a whole lot of emotion, right??
Guys, I am so so thrilled to be working with Lisa and to have my book published by Scholastic! It's an absolute dream come true!! And I can't wait to share DEFY with you! (This is the book I wrote last August, that used to be called Daughter of War--I'm pretty sure I talked about it in one of those posts I linked above.) I still can't quite believe it's going to be a real book, on a shelf, in my hands--possibly in your hands--in about a year! SQUEEE!!!! *happy dance* *all the tears of joy in the world*
See? Here's me and my ice cream (after the happy tears had dried up), after I got my offer, with a nice little placement of a decoration beside me. In case you can't read it, it says "BELIEVE."
And here I am just last week, signing my contract!
But for now, all I have to say is: