MY BOOK SOOOOOOOLD!!!!!
MY BOOK SOLD!!! MY BOOOOOOK SOOOOOOLD!!!!
I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW I’M SCREAMING AT YOU, BUT I’M JUST SO EXCITED TO SHARE THIS NEWS.
::takes deep, calming breaths::
Yes, so The Spirit-Hunters sold. Two weeks ago, HARPER FREAKING COLLINS BOUGHT IT. The amazing super editor Maria Gomez is now my amazing super editor. And the amazing Sara Kendall negotiated the deal along with the amazing Joanna Volpe, and I love my agents so much I just want to shower them with cupcakes and cookies. (Strangely enough, the Frenchman pointed out all of their names end in “a” — as if this is somehow significant… I think he just wants an excuse to be confused.)
Can you believe it!? Seriously, guys, can you believe it?
I’ve been sitting on this news since the deal happened on November 17th, and I’m still in total shock. I was only on submissions for 1 week!!!
As my writer friend Holly said, “HOLY FREAKING NUTS!”
AND HERE COME THE SCREAMS AGAIN… ::inhale, exhale:: Want to see how silly I looked on the day Maria made an offer? I was doing happy dances around my dining room with my dog, Asimov. I look RIDICULOUS, and I DON’T CARE. I’m pretty sure I listened to “Unbelievable” by EMF on repeat.
The next morning, when I was more coherent and waiting for the offer to magically transform into a deal, I filmed this:
YAAAAAY!!! Maria is so fantabulous! Seriously, chatting with her was like chatting with my BFF, and she’s so enthusiastic about Eleanor and Daniel and the Spirit-Hunters and the zombies and everything!!!!!
I couldn’t be happier, and I’m so thankful for all of this. I’m thankful to Sara and Joanna for making this happen; I’m thankful to Maria for reading The Spirit-Hunters and loving it; and I’m thankful to the people at HarperCollins for buying it!!!!
So look for my book in stores in the summer or 2012! Now, be sure to squeeeeeeeee with me!
December 7, 2010 @ 7:30 am
And a Three-Book-Deal is fabulous!
All the best,
December 7, 2010 @ 7:32 am
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rob! I am over-the-moon — as I’m sure you can tell. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 7:42 am
OMG! CONGRATULATIONS! This is such amazing news, and what a wonderful deal. I’m so happy for you!
December 7, 2010 @ 7:43 am
Thaaaaaanks, Meagan! Really, really! Most of the joy from this is sharing it with people and squeeing together! 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 7:45 am
Squeeee! That’s so wonderful! I’m so happy for you! And now it’s confirmed I’ll get to read it – huffah! A million congratulations (and exclamation points)!
December 7, 2010 @ 7:51 am
Thanks, Jules!!! You will *definitely* get to read it — and the two sequels!! 🙂
December 7, 2010 @ 7:57 am
Heh. You’re cute. I’d like to squee with you now.
P.S. A “significant” deal? Now that’s something to extra-squee about!
December 7, 2010 @ 8:02 am
SQUEEEE!! YES!! I’m so glad you’re squeeing with me!! Thanks, Jenna!!! 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 8:45 am
YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! So excited for you! 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 10:06 am
Vee: THANKS!!! You’re totally next.
Laura: OMG is right!!! And thank you — I’m flattered you think I’m an inspiration. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 10:00 am
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so exciting! Congrats! You are a big inspiration 🙂
December 7, 2010 @ 10:08 am
I’m dancing for you all over again. I’M SO HAPPY. MORE GUSHING!
December 7, 2010 @ 10:47 am
Kat, I hope you’re FAN dancing for me. Or Flamenco. Because that would just be cool, and you’re the only person I know who can do that stuff.
December 7, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
Funnily enough, I did just practice flamenco. Though I don’t think you want my curses of frustration associated with Spirit Hunters. =P But YEAH I’ll dedicate my awesome-tastic Man Fan Dance to you! It goes like this (how I interpret the dance moves):
1. I’m going off to war [against the Dead!] with my spear and my GIANT PLATE OF BOOZE. Hey, who will fill my booze? Will you fill my booze? Ah, delish.
2. I’m going off to war [against the Dead!]. Hey, who will give me some (wink wink)? C’mon give me some (wink wink).
3. I’m going off to war [against the dead!]. I kill [the Dead!] with my spear! THWAP THWAP.
4. I am SO BADASS.
😀 The end.
December 7, 2010 @ 12:58 pm
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! So excited for you! And I can’t wait to read. Why does publishing have to be so slow?
December 7, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
SOOOOOZZZZZZ!!!!!! The news is fantastic; the pics made my day. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS! You completely deserve this success! 🙂
December 7, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
Whaaa-Hoooo! Super congrats to you!
December 7, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
Kat: THAT’S AMAZING. Will you dance it for me when you’re in Paris…? 😉
Fleur: THANK YOU!!! You know you deserve some of the credit. I wouldn’t have gotten an agent without your help.
Julie: I’m glad you like the pics. They’re rather embarrassing, but…they’re also quite TRUE. Lots of dancing happened that day. 🙂
Loretta: Thanks!!! I’m sooooo excited (obviously)!
December 7, 2010 @ 1:39 pm
Bestest news EVVVVVVVVVAAAAAAHHHHH!! So, so, so happy for you! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
December 7, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
Thanks, Meredith!!! 😀 😀 I’m pretty PUMPED!
December 7, 2010 @ 1:55 pm
Congratulations, Susan! So are they talking publication date yet? (The video hasn’t loaded for me, so sorry if it says.) The book sounds great!
December 7, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Summer of 2012 is the closest to a date. 😀 And thanks!!!!
December 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
Fantastic Susan! What a dream come true…Create big!…and you did! I am soooooo excited for you.
December 7, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
Thanks so much, Kris! I am beyond thrilled. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
YAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!! Hehe. HARPER FREAKING COLLINS!!!! 😀 I think holy freaking nuts was quite an epic response. Random, but epic. lol
December 7, 2010 @ 2:10 pm
Definitely an epic response — by far my favorite. I mean… “Holy freaking nuts” pretty much sums up my own reaction. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
I don’t even know who you are but YAY!!!!!! Good for you! VICTORY!!! YOU’RE A ROCK STAR!!!! WOOT!!! DANCE OF JOY!!!!
December 7, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
Hahaha! Thanks, Erinn!!!!
December 7, 2010 @ 3:14 pm
I know I’ve already said this like eighty times today, but CONGRATS!! I’m so excited for you, Susan!
Our names all end in a! Haha, I totally laughed. Obviously that is the important point to take away from all this. It’s a very good vowel.
December 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
Wow. You’re really on the fast track. And now for the major motion picture…..
December 7, 2010 @ 4:25 pm
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! CONGRATULATIONS!
December 7, 2010 @ 7:07 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ian!!! Know what the best part of all this is? I CAN JOIN SFWA!!!!
December 7, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
OH MON DIEU! That’s awesome:P High five for the three book deal!
December 7, 2010 @ 5:18 pm
Congratulations! Carry on with the dance of joy!!
December 7, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
SARA: YOU’RE AWESOME. I <3 YOU IN A PURELY PLATONIC, CLIENT-LIKE MANNER. But it's a lot of <3.
Onestep: Um...movie deal? LET'S HOPE!! That'd be wicked, huh? I wonder who would play Eleanor... 🙂
Tymcon: Merci, merci!! High five right back at ya!
December 7, 2010 @ 5:21 pm
Elizabeth: Yes, the dancing continues… Different outfit, different day, same dance. 😉
December 7, 2010 @ 6:21 pm
OMG that is so awesome Susan. That is an amazing deal. Harper Collins, you are in the big time now baby! Way to go. Many many congratulations!
Sarah J. Maas
December 7, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! Now I’m all giddy again!
December 7, 2010 @ 6:25 pm
Melissa: THANK YOU! I know — *HarperCollins*. It’s just too amazing to even comprehend. 😀
Sarah: WEEEEEE!! Yay for giddiness.
December 7, 2010 @ 7:17 pm
Congratulations! That’s so, so amazing! I’m so happy for you!
December 7, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
Thanks, Emy!! 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 7:53 pm
MORE SCREAMING! YAYYYYYYY!
Basically, I can’t tell you how happy I am for you, Sooz! YAY!!!!!!
December 7, 2010 @ 8:19 pm
December 7, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
Gah, I’m so freaking excited for you! How in the heck did you manage to keep this under wraps?? I’m thinking of the Nano bootcamp. No way would I have been able to do anything but run around screaming “Harper freaking Collins!!!” and yet you wrote!! LOL
December 7, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
HAHAHA, Heather! Um, NaNo was a challenge — especially from the 17th onward… My productivity was definitely less constant and more “spurt-y”. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 9:36 pm
OMG! This is fabulous and really inspiring! Congrats, I’m so happy for you. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 9:38 pm
P.S: I’m looking forward to reading your book, it sounds awesome! Necromancers and the undead, two of my favourite things lol
December 7, 2010 @ 9:45 pm
Thank you so much, Rika! And I hope those are 2 of your favorite things to READ about — not just, ya know, 2 of your favorite things. 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Congrats! Your book sounds awesome, and you deserve it! 😀
December 7, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Thanks, Brenda! That’s such a nice thing to say!!
And, um, onestep… ME PLAY ELEANOR? For one, Eleanor is supposed to be pudgy…and blonde…and 16. 😉 Not thinking that’ll work. Beside, acting was NEVER my skill…
December 7, 2010 @ 10:49 pm
You should play Eleanor in the movie, of course! Try not to age any, though.
December 8, 2010 @ 2:01 am
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
December 8, 2010 @ 9:07 am
Oh, and thanks to Madeleine! Smiley faces galore!!
December 8, 2010 @ 2:42 am
Major congrats! I can’t wait to read your novel! 😀
December 8, 2010 @ 9:06 am
Sydney: Thank you soooo much! I hope you enjoy it when it comes out… Of course, that’ll be a while. 😉
Laura: It is the same story!! A few minor tweaks, but the synopsis is identical. 😀 I actually had to write a synopsis for book 2, and that workshop came in handy!
Emmy: THAAAAANKS!!!! 😀
Laura Ann Dunks
December 8, 2010 @ 3:05 am
OMG I am so squeeing now! I knew this would happen but I thought it would take a little longer than a week…and Harper freakin Collins as you say – yes wow, slightly impressed you might say.
Just out of curiosity, did your synopsis in any way resemble the one we worked in that workshop way back then…
December 8, 2010 @ 3:38 am
Wow that’s amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t wait to see it in stores.
December 8, 2010 @ 11:27 am
Congrats!I’m so happy for you 🙂 Can’t wait to read it.
December 8, 2010 @ 11:42 am
Thanks, Jessica!!! 😀
December 8, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
JUST saw this because I was not online much yesterday.
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!
I could not be happier to hear this news. First: YOU ROCK!!!!
and Second, it is just lovely to see someone who has worked hard, and worked smart, and put in the effort achieve success!!!
A thousand YAYS!
December 8, 2010 @ 3:56 pm
Congratulations!!!!!! Amazing news, Susan. I’m sooooo happy for you! Can’t wait to read The Spirit-Hunters in 2012!
December 8, 2010 @ 3:59 pm
KATHARINE! That’s such an excited comment, I think my heart started beating erratically. But in a good way, of course. YAY!!! 😀
Thank you so much, Casey!! 😀
And thanks to you too, Beth. It is rather awesome news, if I do say so myself… 😉
December 8, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
Awesome news! Congratulations!
December 8, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
Such awesome news! So happy for you!
December 8, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
Thanks, Cyndi! 😀
December 8, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
Re: end of the video
Posterity. For the sake of posterity, obvi.
December 8, 2010 @ 9:27 pm
POSTERITY. That’s the darn word. ::headdesk and fierce blushing::
December 9, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
Passing through from Holly’s.
Congrats! Love the vlog! And Harper Collins, SWOON!
December 9, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
Thanks, Claire!! SWOON is right!
December 10, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
Congratulations!! I just saw the post on Holly Dodson’s site. That is so fantastic and the book sounds amazing!
December 11, 2010 @ 1:50 am
OMG! I just checked in after my internet got fixed!
Congratulations Susan!!! I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to read your book!
And a three book deal? Wow!!! You must be ecstatic right now!
David =D x
December 20, 2010 @ 7:02 pm
I’m way late adding to this thread. Just like to say that I’ve never seen anymore exclamations and smileys in a comments area than here. But of course, Susan deserves it.
December 20, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
Logan: THANKS — you’re too sweet. I can only *hope* the book actually IS amazing!
David: Thank you, thank you! I AM ecstatic. Weeks later and still snoopy dancing.
Yahong: It is a lot of smileys, eh? I think most of them are MINE! (And here’s one more! :D)
Cynthia L. Cavett
June 27, 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Though I didn’t know you back when your book sold, I am thoroughly and completely happy for you!!!! I just watched your video for when it sold and I’m so happy you videotaped that, I want to do the same when my book finally sells! Your enthusiasm is addicting and it totally inspired me!! Thank you for sharing that!!! Congratulations again and I can’t wait to read it!!!
June 28, 2011 @ 3:46 pm
Awww, thanks!! <3 <3