Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Book Deal of My Very Own!!

For those of you that missed my Twitter and Facebook FREAKOUT last week...




Here's a little breakdown of my life since October, GIF style.


I'M ON SUBMISSION! But wait... editors have my book? REAL EDITORS? At REAL publishing houses? People who have edited books that I've READ are reading MY BOOK?

But months went by...

So I tried to distract myself with my WIP...

Until I got a call from my agent and she said she was about to change my life.

And she told me about the offer from Bloomsbury.

As she kept talking, it slowly sunk in.

And then...

And I told my family.

And critique partners.

And then I heard they planned on publishing it in MAY of 2014?!?!

And then I found out it was going to be a TWO-BOOK DEAL.

And then I talked to my editor for the first time and discovered that we're basically the same person. (We even both take tap dance classes on Wednesdays!?!)

I'm so so so so excited to be working with Caroline Abbey at Bloomsbury, I can't even tell you! She's worked with Lindsey Leavitt and Melissa Walker! And you know who else is at Bloomsbury? SHANNON HALE! Remember when I met her last year and fangirled all over the place? And she asked me to tell a little about myself so I blabbered about being a writer and then she asked what house I was with and I had to say I just started querying, but now I can say BLOOMSBURY LIKE YOU! *breathes* I just... can't even.

I am so grateful to so many people. My amazing agent, my family, my critique girls, my beta readers, my writing buddies, my blogging support system, and now to my editor for giving me this amazing opportunity for an experience of a lifetime! I mean, NEXT YEAR... MY BOOK will be ON SHELVES in BOOKSTORES, in LIBRARIES, and WHO KNOWS WHERE ELSE?! People I don't know are going to read it, and sure some will hate it and some will be just meh about it... but some might actually love it! I am okay with ALL OF THIS!

I am more than okay, I am:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Books to Movies and Expectations

Over the weekend, I saw quite a few disappointed Tweets and FB posts about the Beautiful Creatures movie, and possibly an equal amount of praise. The difference seems to be between those who loved the book vs. those who hadn't read it, or were just okay with the book. I haven't read the book (I'm currently listening to it on audio--difficult for this visual girl, but it makes me take longer walks when I'm trying to concentrate on a story), so I quite enjoyed the movie. I didn't know what to be looking for. My brain was not searching for the differences, or waiting for my favorite scene that may or may not have translated.

I had zero expectations aside from being entertained.

(I will now take this pause to say WOW! Ethan was such a FUN character. I'd see it again just to laugh at his lines.)

I like to think that even if I had read and loved the book, I still would have enjoyed the movie for what it was. I think when it comes to movies made from books, you have to consider them two different things. Creations from two different people/groups of people. I flipped this way-of-thinking switch several years ago after watching an interview with the author of P.S. I Love You. She basically said: The book is my baby. The movie is someone else's baby, based off of my book.

Then again, maybe it's just my personality to be able to separate the two. I will admit to being nervous before seeing The Hunger Games adaptation, but despite the differences, I was entertained. I was moved. I enjoyed it. The book and the movie are two different things, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

And I understand that for some, flipping that switch might not be quite that easy. But there is a bright side for you to consider. Even if the movie tanks, the book sales still go up, and that's never a bad thing for anyone.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Two Projects at Once?!

One of my critters and I have been talking about this idea a lot lately. Can you, should you, would you work on two manuscripts at the same time?

You know how it gets with our creative brains. We always have ideas tickling tickling tickling, begging to be written out. New characters whose fresh voices like to drown out the old ones.

How much are you willing to listen to them? Do you make notes to get back to your Shiny New Idea when you finish what you're working on? Do you eagerly abandon your WIP for the SNI? Have you tried to work on them simultaneously?

Said critter came across THIS BLOG POST by Hex Hall author Rachel Hawkins. Her method: if a scene from something else pops into your head, JUST WRITE IT.

You know when you hit a wall in your MS and you stare at your computer screen like a zombie muttering MY BRAIN....? Well, maybe it's time to refresh that brain by playing around with something fun, something new. A potential future story.

Now, how organized to get about this is another question. At this moment, I'm content pushing through to the end of my WIP without adding a second project on top, BUT if I did have something that was tickling tickling tickling so much I had to do something about it, I like the idea of splitting up my writing time between the two evenly and seeing how that goes first. Or maybe alternating days, putting a night's sleep between each to get out of one character's head and back into the other.

Are you all for two at once?! Or is this concept just too confusing for you to even consider?!