I Have a Book Deal! AKA Ultimate Nerd Dance Party

Dec 18, 2013

YOU. GUYS. *clears throat* I hereby announce that The Unhappening of Genesis Lee is going to be a real, live book! AHHHHHHHH!!

It'll be coming from Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press to a bookstore near you in the fall of 2014. Yeah, that's not a typo. That's NEXT YEAR. AHHHHHHHH!!

Ahem. Now that I'm a little raw from screaming, I'll let Publisher's Marketplace make it all official and real-like.


Basically, it happened like this. After the agony of being on submission (because, yeah. The waiting. The pain. The WAITING.), I heard tell from my agent that a particular editor was really excited about Unhappening, and wanted to talk to her publisher about it. Which of course, put me on pins and needles. I didn't let my phone out of hearing distance, and scrambled for it with every *ding* of an email and every *ring* of a phone call. I was finally starting to calm down a little bit, when my phone rang and Hannah Bowman's name came up on caller ID.

My agent said, "Kristin Kulsavage from Skyhorse has made an offer for Unhappening."

And I said, "BA HA HA HA HA HA!"

Or something like that. Basically, I giggled and said "okay" and "awesome" a lot and didn't really have anything coherent to say. Then I hung up and screamed/laughed and went crazy in the kitchen. I swept up my children, who were eating lunch, and danced around the living room with them. I told my 4-year-old son that my book was going to be a real book you could buy in the store, and told him I was excited.

"Are you excited?" I asked him.

"No," he said. "Who's making the book?"

"They're called Sky Pony."

And THEN, this My-Little-Pony-obsessed boy finally got excited. I'll take what I can get. :)

And then my hubby came home and I screamed and he grinned and hugged me and told me he knew it was going to happen--and he meant it, because he's never doubted me for a single second. And I called up my best friend and we screamed together. And I gleefully ran outside to one of my other best friends, yelling her name, and she took one look at me and shrieked, "Oh my gosh!" and we screamed together. And I emailed my crit group and we e-screamed together.

And then I had to shut my mouth, because I couldn't tell anybody else until the deal was official, and I'd probably told too many people already. After the contract was negotiated, Hannah called to go over it with me, and of course, I had to put her on hold at one point to put on My Little Pony for the Kiddo. Then I signed it and took the contract to a friend's to scan and email it in, and her computer wasn't working. So I drove to Kinko's and realized my wallet was home on my desk. Drove all the way back to get it, and then the machine wouldn't read my card. Nor would it read the first two Kinko's cards an employee used. Then it finally worked, and wouldn't attach the scanned file to the email. Then, with my children yelling and rolling on the floor and getting into paper scraps, FINALLY I got the contract sent. Such is the life of a writer, eh?

And then today, I saw my name pop up in Publishers Marketplace. Which means I again screamed and danced in the kitchen with my family while my husband made waffles, and I can finally scream and dance in public! I can't wait to work with Kristin and Sky Pony, and I can't wait to share my book with the world!

So, my friends, as a thank you to all of you who read my erratic blog posts and cheer me on with comments and write blog posts of your own that I love and who share your writerly or non-writerly friendship in any way, I give you-- THE ULTIMATE NERD CELEBRATION DANCE PARTY. Pick your partners and get your groove on! (But, *ahem* don't touch the Hiddles. He's mine.)

WHEEEEEEEE!












35 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

~Akoss

Suzanne Furness said...

Yay, congratulations!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats!!!

Anna said...

The time it took you to add all those clips to this post was definitely worth it. You are so awesome!!!

Sara B. Larson said...

So exciting!! And I love those GIFs!

Peggy Eddleman said...

So awesome!! Congratulations!!!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Congratulations!!!

Michelle Merrill said...

Oh, I'm lovin' the nerd party! Let's be sure to film our own nerd dance at Storymakers! Woot woot!

L said...

Exciting news! Well done you.

Robin said...

So wonderful! Yay!

Melissa Hurst said...

Congratulations, Shallee! I'm so happy for you!!!! :)

Haneen I. Adam said...

OMG! DAZZLING! you just made my day, I’m so so soo happy and proud and rejoiced for you, you have put a smile on my face, go you and party all night cause you deserve it! I wish you find more and more joy and success in your coming days.
p.s. I so looove my dancing Frodo :D Thanks for that!

Katie Dodge said...

This made me smile so hard. One, because of your fabulous news! Two, because of all the partying nerds! I love every bit of it! Congrats!!! Can't wait to read it!!

ilima said...

Party party!

Kari Marie White said...

Congratulations! This IS spectacular news. I can't wait to read your book!

shelly said...

Yay! Good for you!

Louise Bates said...

Congratulations! That's SO exciting! Dance and scream as much as you want; this is definitely dance-party-worthy!

Lori M. Lee said...

Congrats!!!

tracikenworth said...

Congrats!!

tracikenworth said...

Congrats!!

tracikenworth said...

Congrats!!

Mark Murata said...

Congratulations. Commander Data looks especially happy.

MKHutchins said...

Congrats!!!!!

LisaAnn said...

Yay!!!!!!! I am so stinking happy for you I can't even believe it! You deserve every blissful moment of this, my friend, and I am out of my mind for you!!!!!!! :)

David P. King said...

Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations, Shallee! :)

Emily R. King said...

So happy for you! Huge congrats!

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Yay! Never a doubt. Your dancing is contagious! Whoohoo!

Madeline Jane said...

Hooray for you! I can't wait to read it again in real book form! Congratulations! Lots of exclamation points!!! :)

alexia said...

Woot! So exciting. And I think that's the best collection of GIFs I've ever seen :)

Carol Riggs said...

Definitely EXCITING!!! Big congrats to you! More screaming! I had fun reading your account (LOL, love the e-screaming, etc). So happy for you!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

WONDERFUL news, Shallee! Congratulations!!! Yippppeeee!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh my goodness! How did I miss this until now? That is EPIC!!!!

YAY!!!!

Now I'm doing my own nerd dance in your honor -- with a wedge of Jarlsberg. Yippee!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm late to the party...congratulations!!!

Janet Johnson said...

How in the world did I miss this?!!! Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you, and I laughed through your whole post, because I could just see you doing it all. LOVE it. Hurray!

 
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