Wow. Typing those words . . . it still doesn't feel real. I've had a few weeks now to supposedly get used to the idea, but I don't know if I ever really believed it would actually happen. But now I've spoken to my editor and discussed things like cover design, author bios, formats . . . and it's finally sinking in. And my whole body is just like one massive happy goose bump!
Ever since I can remember, I've loved the written word. I was born a bookaholic and made up stories fill my old journal. Creative writing classes were by far my favorite electives in high school, and to be honest I was pretty good. But I never let myself dream I could be published. That I'd get my own book, with my own name on the cover, filled with characters I created and a story world straight from my own slightly crazed brain. That someone else would love and believe in my writing so much that they would take a financial chance on me. The reality is so humbling, and that is exactly what the awesome people over at Entangled Publishing decided to do. To take a chance on ME! :-)
Last week I added my bubbly signature to an actual publishing contract for my YA Magical Realism/Historical, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, AND its spin off, A Tale of Two Centuries. EEP!
The tentative expected publication date is summer 2012 for the first one, with a possible December date for the spin off, which means soon I'll be heading back into the writing cave to finish drafting the sequel, along with probably several fun rounds of edits on MSSSC. And to be honest, I'm excited, scared, shocked, and just plain out amazed. It just feels surreal, you know?
With all the excitement, I decided to move over here, to my brand new author site. I've imported my old blog Ending Unplanned over here, and I love having everything in one central spot for peeps to find me . . . BUT sadly I lost all the beautiful smiling faces in my follower box over there.
*sniffles. Looks back at all those gorgeous people. Now looks at my lonely empty one here.*
I'd be tickled pink if you'd choose to follow my publishing journey with me. I've met countless wonderful people who have made the last year so much fun, and I know my dream wouldn't be coming true if it wasn't for the amazing friendships I've made in the blogosphere. Thanks in particular to Trish, Tori, Lori Ann, Demetra, Hope, Lauren, Nancy, Mary, Rose, and Natalie. You chicas are made of awesome!
Q4U: So, that's my HAPPY news, now I'd love to hear some of yours! What's going just absolutelym, pinch yourself to prove it's real spectacular in YOUR life today?