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.

Someone does!

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.


  1. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!!

  2. You’re being published by the same people who publish Phillip Pullman and Jerry Spinelli? That is huge!
    Big big congratulations to you.

  3. Wonderful news. Congrats on living your dream!

    • Katie

    • August 18, 2011

    • 1:11 pm

    You’re amazing! When can I get an advanced copy?

    • Lara

    • August 18, 2011

    • 1:23 pm

    YAY Liesl!!!! CONGRATULATIONS (finally, in public) 🙂 I’m dying to read RUMP, and the many, many more books you have yet to write.

    • LuAnn

    • August 18, 2011

    • 1:31 pm

    Liesl that is amazing! Congratulations. I know first hand (or second hand actually) just how much work and perseverance this takes. I also know the ratio of published to written books is a very sad ratio this is absolutely amazing! What a great story line. I am so intrigued! We’ll be in Chicago in a month. Hope to see you.


    • jan

    • August 18, 2011

    • 1:40 pm

    Congratulations! Your success gives the rest of us hope.

  4. Liesl – Sooooo very fantastic! My many, many congratulations! Keep on keeping on… 🙂

  5. So excited for you! Send me some of that good fortune, would ya? 😉

    • Sam

    • August 18, 2011

    • 2:20 pm


  6. Yay, yay, yay, yay, YAY!

    P.S. I love the new photo. It looks more like the current you:)

  7. Yay, Liesl! That’s so exciting! Congratulations!

  8. Congrats, Liesl! Can’t wait to pick up a copy.

  9. I’m so glad RUMP sold—so I can read it. Congratulations!

  10. This is fantastic news!!!!!!! So exciting!! I hope there are many more to come and some day someone will say ” I’m published by the same people who publish work by Liesl”

  11. This is wonderful! And with you at Knopf, this means we’re RHCB sisters. Please consider getting involved in a debut group next year. The relationships and support are gold. If you want more info., send me an email: caroline starr AT yahoo DOT com.

  12. Congratulations! So excited for you! 🙂 I found your blog through Krista’s and I just love her. Can’t wait to read your book! It sounds like something I would LOVE. 🙂


    Okay I’ve known about this for almost a month but it’s still sooooo exciting!!! I can’t wait to come to your book launch!


  14. I am so happy for you and can’t wait to buy your book! Now I know my son will get to read it! And me too!!

  15. Woohooo!!! Congrats! And look, we’ve been at this the same amount of time. How amazing! I ddin’t know that. 🙂 And what a GREAT house! You should be very proud. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear when its pub date is. Please keep us posted on that! Just think, you get to change your bio now. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

  16. Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing more!

    • Liesl

    • August 18, 2011

    • 5:21 pm

    Thank you all! It’s so fun to FINALLY celebrate publicly!

    Anita, I’ve always thought seven was a magical number. And yes, I do get to change my bio! Cool!

  17. Congratulatons! Great house, great title, I’m sure great things are in store for you and your book.

    • Robin

    • August 18, 2011

    • 6:05 pm

    Yippie! Horray! I’m so excited for you and your Rump 🙂

  18. Woohoo! Major congrats to you, how exciting. Clever title, and how exciting to be part of Random House!! That’s debuting in a big way. 🙂

  19. Congrats!! That’s so exciting! 🙂

    • Lobbie

    • August 18, 2011

    • 7:03 pm

    Followed this from FacebooK! I’m so happy for you! This is wonderful news! (P.S. it’s Laurel Armstrong-the pic is a bit confusing)

    • Phoebe

    • August 18, 2011

    • 7:12 pm

    Oh YAY! Congrats!!

  20. YAY!!!!!!!

    That was SUPER FAST!!!


  21. I hopped over from Kate’s blog. This is so ultra exciting! Congratulations! I’ll keep an eye out for it. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. 🙂

    Great blog you have here!

  22. Wow!! Congratulations! This sounds like an amazing concept–and the title alone deserves a High-5!

  23. Congratulations! Stories like this give me the hope I need to keep going…

  24. Yay, that’s awesome, congrats!

    • M Pax

    • August 18, 2011

    • 9:05 pm

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic news.

    • Karena

    • August 18, 2011

    • 9:58 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I know that this has been a big dream for you for a long time. It’s sounds great and I can’t wait to read it!

    So, did you go through an agent or did you submit it directly to the publisher?

    • Liesl

    • August 18, 2011

    • 10:05 pm

    Thanks Karena!

    Yes, I did go through an agent. It’s pretty hard to submit to any of the big publishers without one and some don’t even accept submissions unless you have an agent. So I’m glad I got my agent. She rocks! (Obviously.)

    • Abby

    • August 18, 2011

    • 10:27 pm

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! What a great publisher. The book sounds so fun. I can’t wait for it’s release date. I will definitely be back for more great news and updates!

  25. I’m so happy for you! congratulations!

  26. Congratulations, Liesl! What great news! I found your blog through Krista’s and am a new follower. I also write MG and YA.

    • Liesl

    • August 20, 2011

    • 12:44 pm

    Thanks Suzie and welcome all new followers! I’m excited to get to know you all.

  27. Liesl, that’s fantastic! Congratulations!!

  28. Congrats! I found you through Krista’s blog. Glad to meet you 🙂

  29. Lady Liesl

    I still have the email you sent me over a year ago. You took time to look at what I’d done, and are in no small part why I carried on back then. So the idea that now I get to offer my congratulations is rather special to me :-).

    So if I may, I’ll offer those congratulations and say an enthusiastic YAAAAAAAAAAY Liesl! (Well, I will if one so distantly acquainted can be so familiar with thy given name :-P).

    A first class Agent, a top line publisher – it’s good to see positivity, persistence and outright talent genuinely do win out!

  30. New to your wonderful blog (followed the link from Abby’s Something to Write About blog), but just had to tell you congratulations for the upcoming novel! Can’t wait to read it!

  31. Just catching up on your blog Liesl. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book and hear about the journey you’re taking through the publishing world.

  32. Hurray for RUMP!!!

  33. I just had to congratulate you properly on your blog – though I already emailed you. Congrats again on this! I really do think it’s a cute take on the old story, and I’ll be looking for it when it’s up on the shelves.

    Thanks for the posts that keep hope alive for those of us not published yet!

  34. Congratulations! Great news! I will enjoy reading it. Glad you’re back!

  35. Ah, this is why I didn’t see it. August 18 was WriteOnCon, and I started school the next day.


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