So this is how life works, sometimes.
You’re sitting on a school bus surrounded by your 7-year-old daughter and her first grade classmates, bumping your way down the mountain from a field trip at a nature preserve. Oh, look. You’ve finally got cell phone reception again and can check your email. You don’t expect to see anything interesting. You’re just kind of bored and don’t want to listen to the kids sing something called “The Fart Song” for the 84th time.
But, holy shit. There actually is something interesting. You know, just, like, an email from your agent, telling you that your editor has OFFERED YOU ANOTHER TWO-BOOK DEAL.
Mind you, I have not written two more books. These are two books that have yet to be conceived, developed, drafted, pitched, or anything else that would make them more than a twinkle in my eye. They’re simply books that HarperCollins wants me to write, and books they want to publish. Because they really, really like me.
Did I already say holy shit? Not with capitals. Now I’m saying it with capitals. Holy Shit. Now I’m saying it with a face like this:
This new contract came as a complete surprise to me, and I could not be more thrilled. The fact that my editor, Rosemary Brosnan, and everyone else at HarperCollins Children’s is that excited about “You Look Different In Real Life,” the fact that they have faith in me to keep writing YA books that people want to read, the fact that they want to make this kind of investment in my career…well, there are no words. There is only this:
I’ve been so embedded in revisions for “You Look Different” that I haven’t been able to think much about books #3 and #4. But I do have a sensation. I know what kind of story I want to take on next and how the experience might feel to a reader. I’ve never started from that place before, so this should be interesting. In the meantime, I’m psyched to be able to share the big news, and grateful to all the people who helped make it a possibility, especially everyone who has supported “The Beginning of After” on its continuing journey. I really feel like an Author now.
Best. Bus ride. Ever.