[Pretending my name is Manny and also finishing Jenny’s awesomely awkward speech in my head because nothing but death can keep me from her and homgIJustDidAnAmazingSegueFromCorrinaCorrinaToTheColorPurple. I win the internets, Whoopi Goldberg. I win them all.]
You would think today of all days I could not be ridiculously scatter-stream-of-consciousness rambling, but you would be wrong. We are, in fact, here for this:
Grab a party hat and a hula hoop – and an awesome vintage dress with matching bloomers, if you got one – and help me celebrate a writerly milestone!
My 1st book deal!!
She knows what I’m talking about.
So, if you followed the link in the last blog to my author website, you’ll know that I signed with Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group a couple weeks ago! What you wouldn’t have yet known is that the week before that I received an offer of publication for The Last Life of Avrilis from Month9Books! (Publishing and its sekrets!) Yesterday, this happened:
I conceived LLoA in June 2010 and wrote it for the first time in July.
In between numerous other projects (that will have their day in the sun!), I rewrote it for myself, received a lot (like a ton) of rejection and a lot of enthusiasm including 5 r&rs – 4 of which I executed and the result of which left me with a book I adore – and then, 5 years to the month after I began, I went from query to request to phone call in about 7 hours. #ThereIsNoSuchThingAsOvernightSuccess
This is a story about a black girl who refused to stop writing about a black girl who wanted to cross the sky from one planet to another and find out whether the destinies we’re handed are written in stone. It means adventure is for everyone. It means I get to keep my voice – mine, whether it fits the normative mold or not – and I finally found the champions who want to be part of sharing that voice.
Thank you Mark for racing on board. Thank you Georgia for loving that voice.
Thank you Joshie and Steph and Elena and Andy and Jen and everyone who critiqued it along the way. Please join me on stage for the following.