I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. You may have guessed by the flying pig over there (and the title to this blog post) that I have a book deal!! The manuscript of my heart, TEACH ME TO FORGET, is going to be published! I’m thrilled to say I will be joining the awesome group of talented authors at Merit Press! I’m also SO SO excited to work with the amazing editor-in-chief there, Jacquelyn Mitchard, as well.
For those of you who don’t know what TMTF is about, here’s a quick blurb.
Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen in to place.
Now all she has to do is die.
When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.
Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.
My journey to this book deal is kinda long so rather than tell you about it, I’m going to show you through Disney GIFs because that’s more fun ;o)
I started to write my first book in 2007 after reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (LOVED it). I had no idea what I was doing and to say I was a noob was an understatement.
I discovered Nathan Bransford’s blog and started to learn more about publishing.
There was so much out there I felt like I was entering a new hidden world.
I joined twitter, participated in NaNoWriMo, and made some great friends.
I queried my first book.
Then I got “the call.”
And it finally happened. I had an agent…
Then a friend suggested I write something from my heart.
Something I cared about.
I wrote TEACH ME TO FORGET in a week. It was crappy, full of plot holes,
and mostly dialogue, but I left my heart on those pages.
During this time, my agent decided to change career paths…
Which allowed me to find my dream agent–Christa Heschke.
Then the work really began.
I revised, and revised, and edited, and worked to get my MS in shape.
Then we went on submission.
Then one day another call came. I had a book deal!!
So now it’s time to say goodbye to my book and give her to you.
I’m SO proud to share Ellery’s story with you. It’s been a long journey but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
My list of thanks is long. But I will keep it as short as possible.
Christa: for believing in me, never giving up, and for your mad skills. Hannah and Ron: for unending support and love. Brenda: for being the best bestie I could ever have, and for being there unconditionally. Carol: for being my soul sister. Melanie: for being a great friend and for the good times! Dahlia: for giving me the idea to write about something I care about and for your continued support. Marieke: for your critical eye, encouragement, and friendship. Kaitlin: for friendship, coffee dates, and fun times. YA Misfits: for being so much fun and a great support system. All The Write Notes: for nourishing my musical creativity and providing a fun outlet to share it. Jamie and Brooklyn: for being my first CP’s ever, and for believing in me in the very (very) beginning. Jude: for making me believe I may have a shot at publishing. My twitter friends: for providing an amusing, supportive, and encouraging outlet for my thoughts, fears, and pretty much anything I can think of. I love you all <33
Until the pigs fly again. Rock on!