Tuesday, October 5, 2010
GUESS WHAT?!? (Hint: It's totally SQUEE-worthy.)
Gah, I can't believe that I get to write this post.
(I can't believe I get to write this post so quickly.)
But look what Jo did! Ahem, I mean, what Publisher's Marketplace posted at some point while we were all sleeping:
I kind of still can't believe it!!! My first book-baby! Jo found EVER AFTER SCHOOL a home!!
In case you were wondering...
The offer came a week and a day ago - on my great-grandmother's ninety-sixth birthday.
Morin (that's my great-grandmother) and I were just hanging out at the time, waiting to go to her b-day dinner party, and then Jo called.
I really wish I could tell you more about the call, but I actually don't remember much. My brain stopped processing. Actually, a lot of things stopped processing. All I remember is Jo talking really fast and me trying to take notes, which really didn't work, because my mind was screaming, "OMG! OMG! OMG!"
It was all surreal like whoa. I was sure that I would wake up and discover I had dreamed it all.
Then I started dancing around after I hung up the phone and told Morin (who sweetly said, "What great news! Now my birthday's really special"). I started tearing up when I told my mom and she said she was crying. Then Morin started telling everybody who called to wish her a happy birthday before I got the chance.
And every day since then, I've been freaking out more and MORE as it gets more REAL.
I mean, I've got an editor. Named Courtney. She's real - I know, because I got to talk to her on the phone. And she really loves my book. She said so. And she said that I should know that it's not an empty compliment, because she bought that book (plus the sequel!).
And that publishing house - Simon and Schuster? I know it's real. I used to walk by it all the time when I lived in New York (it's right beside Magnolia Bakery).
And deadlines! That will go in a contract! (Actually, the deadlines are what makes this feel the most real. Because I probably wouldn't imagine deadlines if I was dreaming. :-P)
Also, I've got this pretty new announcement that makes the news public. Ready to see it again? Ready? (Because I don't think that I'll ever get tired of looking at it.)