Seven years ago I began writing with a dream that one day I would publish books and be a real author. I took classes and workshops and wrote for magazines and newspapers. I wrote some books that will forever remain in a drawer, but this past year I wrote a book that I adore. I hoped with all my heart that someone else would love it as much as I do. Someone who might want to publish it.
One day, a while back (almost a month and it’s been killing me to hold this information) I got a call from my super-stellar agent, Michelle Andelman, and she said “We have an offer!” I love that phone call.
My middle-grade novel RUMP, a quirky and charming retelling of Rumpeltstiltskin in his own words, will be published by Knopf/Random House!
I have never paid much attention to which publishers publish which books, but of course now I’m paying attention, and I feel honored that such a wonderful publisher feels my book is worthy to carry their name. Knopf has published many of my favorite authors including Carl Hiaasen, Phillip Pullman, Christopher Paolini, Jerri Spinelli, and Markus Zusak. I’ve also been reading many of their recent titles and have loved them all. So many wonderful books!
My editor is Katherine Harrison and I know she’ll be a perfect match for RUMP. Her comments and ideas for my book were perfect. We also share very similar tastes in books, and that gave me a lot of confidence because anyone who likes what I like must be a genius!
I wish I could share a publication date, but that’s still to be determined. I figured I would deliver the big stuff today, and save more fun details for later, you know, spread the love (and give you a reason to come back!) There will be plenty more exciting announcements, and yet, I promise not to let the blog be dominated by marketing and publicity. I’ll still be me and hopefully this blog will still be a good place for learning and discussion and fun. In the meantime, you’re welcome to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them in my next post.
All I can say now is how grateful I am to all those who have supported me, believed in me, and helped me. Thank you. (You know who you are of course and I’ll hug and kiss you all later.) This journey has been ever so adventurous and is by no means at an end. I hope it will go on for a long time. Seven times seven more years.