Anyone who's been around here for longer than a week probably knows what a long road I've had getting to publication. But the interesting thing about all that struggle, all the low times and pain, is that it's made me that much happier when good things happen.
And you guys--something REALLY, REALLY HAPPY has happened!
This announcement was run in PW's Children's Bookshelf today:
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic Press has acquired two YA novels from Sara B. Larson, including a sequel to her January 2014 debut, Defy, in which the fiercest member of a prince's elite guard (actually a girl disguised as a boy) realizes she has deeper feelings for the prince than she thought possible. Josh Adams at Adams Literary sold North American rights.
Here's a link to the week's rights report: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/57181-rights-report-week-of-may-6-2013.html
I am SO SO SO over the moon to be working with Lisa and Scholastic on two more books! I already felt like the luckiest person in the world, first when I got Josh as my agent, and then when I nabbed Lisa as my editor. It has been an absolute dream working with her. I seriously adore her! And now I KNOW I'm the luckiest person in the world since I get to keep working with her! Thank you Lisa, David, and the rest of the team at Scholastic for believing in DEFY and my writing enough to sign up two more books!!
Now excuse me while I go do my happy dance!
*sneaks back in* Pst. Did you notice a little detail in that announcement? Yep, you saw right. DEFY is slated to come out in January of 2014! That's in, like, eight months. SQUEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! *sneaks back away to dance some more*