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Writing Reflections and Resolutions: 2011/12 Edition


17, 2012 |

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January’s a time for plans and resolutions. Last year I reflected on how I’d spent 2010, and made some resolutions for 2011.

This time last year Meg had just signed with Adams Literary, and the champagne was flowing in the house of Kaufman and Spooner. What’s happened since then?

Meg’s incredible trilogy sold to Carolrhoda Lab. SKYLARK will be out in this year. The trilogy will be published in eight countries.

In June, I signed with Adams Literary, shooting emails back and forth with Tracey from my hotel in Madrid.

In November, Meg and I sold our trilogy, starting with WRECKED, to Disney-Hyperion. We’re now up to our elbows in edits with our amazing editor, Abby Ranger. She is making my brain explode. It’s awesome.

This year we hit New York, England, Italy and Spain. We meandered along the Côte d’Azur (pictured)  and ate our bodyweights in tapas. We renovated our place and had an amazing time with family and friends. But how did I do on my resolutions?

I will query CURSED by Easter: Well, Easter was April and I didn’t query until May, but I did sign with Tracey in June. Near enough is good enough, right?

I will write two first drafts of novels this year: At the end of last year I said I’d be starting a new, collaborative project I was excited to tell you about. That project was WRECKED. I also drafted a new novel I love (though it needs a little more work), and I’m at work on another. Success!

I will make it to the gym (or equivalent exercise) twice a week: Well, I made it once a week without fail, sometimes twice. Semi-win?

My resolutions for 2012?

I don’t think I’m going to make any. I’m going to work on making WRECKED the best book it can be. I’m going to draft its sequel. I’m going to write a book of my own. I’m going to hang out with my awesome husband and my many amazing friends, and I’m going to seek balance between work, writing and the rest of my life. In 2012, I’m going to take care of myself, and be happy.

I’m really looking forward to sharing it with all of you.

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Best. Birthday. Ever.


30, 2011 |

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Internet, it’s not often I’m caught short for words, but I don’t know what to say. My agents, Josh and Tracey Adams of Adams Literary, got me something for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and now I can tell you what it was. Here it is, fresh in from Publisher’s Marketplace (click for a larger version):

Selling one book is a dream come true. Selling three? To an editor as smart and talented as Abby? To Disney-Hyperion, the folks who publish some of my all time favourite books? And I get to write this trilogy with someone as wildly talented as Meagan Spooner?

I truly don’t know what to say.

Thank you, Josh, Tracey and Quinlan for working so hard to find the perfect home for our story. Thank you Abby, and everyone at Disney, for being that home–Meg and I know already we’re going to love it. Thank you to my family for being so patient and enthusiastic. Thank you to the friends who read, cheerlead and keep me sane. Thank you to my husband, who is truly the best support I could ever ask for. And thank you Meg, for being an exceptional collaborator and taking my writing to a new level. (Make sure you click over to her blog and congratulate her! The girl has six books coming out in four years!) I keep thinking someone’s going to find out how much fun we’re having, and stop us!

We can’t wait to get to work with Abby, and we can’t wait to share WRECKED with all of you.

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