The Publisher's Weekly announcement came out today for Halloween Goodnight (to be illustrated by amazing Norwegian artist, Ella Okstad). Now this is how I like to ring in a new year! It feels more real, less "oh-my-word-what-if-I-dreamed-it-all?" unbelievable. In fact, at first it felt so unbelievable, I didn't make any announcements until now. Despite receiving the offer on Halloween - of last year!
What a crazy day that was. Taking the call in the car in a parking lot while nursing six-week-old Kilian. Going back inside (a school event for the kids) feeling about to burst with emotions: joy, excitement, satisfaction, and wanting to yell the news to everyone I saw but being terrified I'd somehow jinx the deal if I uttered so much as a syllable.
And now I get just a smidgen more of that feeling, with a smidgen less of the fear. Because now that it's out in the world, it's official.
Today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books. My first review for Halloween Good Night from Publishers' Weekly. Seriously?!? A starred review!
The book trailer trend peaked around 2014 and most publishers don't do them anymore, but now that my first book is just about to be released, I couldn't help myself. Who wouldn't want an adorable audio-visual treat featuring their very own book?
And then there were three ... books by me! It is with supreme delight that I announce Eerdmans Books for Young Readers will be publishing my picture book, Mama Earth's New Year. Yay!
I have a book cover, people! For my first-ever-to-be-published picture book, Halloween Good Night! Illustrated by the incredible Ella Okstad! Due out from Atheneum Books for Young Readers (a division of S&S) July, 2017! And the cover? IS FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!
I ambled over to my agent's website today (ok, hubby sent me a link) and discovered...
She'd shared the cover to Halloween Goodnight!
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In Bird by Bird Anne Lamott describes publishing as the golden eagle on your credit card that only seems to soar, and she writes, "Almost every single thing you hope publication will do for you is a fantasy."
It does! Like what my husband says his parents said when he was a kid (follow that?) - when you're waiting for the pizza to come and you don't think you can take it one. more. second...