Friday, July 19, 2013

Guess Who Has a Book Deal?????

My brand-new publishing contract!!!
Nearly two and a half years ago, I crossed paths with Hannah Bowman for the very first time. She wasn't agenting at Liza Dawson Associates yet, and I wasn't writing (well) yet, but our cyber-meeting set in motion of chain of events that has completely altered my life.

We were like ships at the night at first--always one step ahead or behind the other--but our timing finally meshed in June of 2012. She read (and wanted!) my YA near-future thriller ESSENCE, and I couldn't sign that literary contract fast enough. 

Since then, Hannah has been steadfast in her dedication to my writing career. She has challenged and inspired and pushed me to become a better writer, and she has also approached finding a home for ESSENCE with the tenacity and determination of a tidal wave.

She was relentless in her quest to find the perfect fit, and I am the humbled recipient of all her hard work:

Photo Courtesy of Angry Robot Books
ESSENCE has just been acquired by the amazing Amanda Rutter of Strange Chemistry Books in a TWO-BOOK DEAL that will see a summer '14 debut and a summer '15 sequel! (!!!!!!!)

Wow. Just wow. I am literally at a loss for words right now. 

I have so much respect for Amanda and Strange Chemistry, and I'm stunned to even be given shelf space beside her other authors. Check out Strange Chemistry's mission:

From the people behind the award-winning SF & fantasy imprint, Angry Robot, we are a fresh, modern imprint bringing quality Young Adult fiction to the marketplace.

So what makes us different? It’s all in the name – Strange Chemistry. Books that feel timeless, bringing you a mix of old and new. Traditional with a twist. Identifiable stories and genres that have been blended together to create something utterly special. Books for readers who are jaded of the same-old, same-old, and ready for something that will challenge them to enter new worlds.

Um, wow. Have I mentioned I'm speechless?

The next two years of my writing life suddenly have a lot more structure, and I am still so stunned by this development that I don't even think I have wrapped my head around this. The publishing business has done such a great job of teaching me to stay "cautiously optimistic" and "not get my hopes up" that I honestly think my, "You can start freaking out now!" button must be broken.

So... What now? I think I will wander off in a daze and wait for this to (finally) sink in, and I would also like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to every single person who has been with me on this journey. I absolutely couldn't have done this without the love, support and dedication of my friends, family, and of course, the amazing group of fellow writers I have hooked up with over the past few years.

I often say I would have NEVER sat down to write a book had I known how hard this was going to be--but I'm so glad I DIDN'T know, because now I'm invested in the process. And now--finally!--I have reached that pesky light at the end of the tunnel.

(I still can't believe I get to say that!!)

23 comments:

kiperoo said...

So psyched for you, Lisa!! Such exciting news, and cannot WAIT to get my hands on both your books! :-)

Shallee said...

Happy dance, happy dance! I'm so excited for you!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!

Tara Dairman said...

"I often say I would have NEVER sat down to write a book had I known how hard this was going to be--but I'm so glad I DIDN'T know, because now I'm invested in the process."

Wow, Lisa--this is SO true. Writing a book is at least 100 times harder than I ever imagined when I got started with this stuff (not to mention the whole publishing process). But I'm just thrilled that your hard work has paid off and that your story's going out into the world. Can't wait to buy my copy. Huge hugs!!

Margo Kelly said...

OH YAY! Yay for you! YAY! congrats!!

Christian Schoon said...

Ah, that sweet "new contract smell"!


Once again, welcome to the Chemistry Set - can't wait to
get a look at Essence. Cheers!

bethchristopher.com said...

So blasted happy and excited for you, Lisa! You deserve to switch off that "don't get your hopes up" button and FREAK THE HECK OUT! I'm freaking out here in Colorado, and can't wait to ESSENCE to come out. Whoo-hooo!

Bethany Myers said...

I'm doing a happy beagle dance for you right now!!! Hooray for all your hard work and never giving up. I love hearing this fab news. Congrats, LISA!!!!

Angela V. Cook said...

YAY! This is awesome! I've heard such wonderful things about Strange Chemistry. Wishing you much happiness and success with them :)

Sherry Jones said...

Congratulations Lisa! What an awesome realization to have this dream come true - we are all very excited and so happy for you!

Anita Grace Howard said...

Meeeps! FINALLY IS RIGHT! You earned this happy dance, baby. I'm so proud of how you dug your feet in and would not give up! Now I'm off to toot your horn! HUGE CONGRATS!!! *hugs you*

Bethany Crandell said...

OH, happy DAY!!

So, so, so very happy for you, friend! You've earned this--big time!!

Jessica Lawson said...

Woo-hoo!!!! Congratulations!

kerrimaniscalco.com said...

CONGRATS!!!!!

Melodie Wright said...

WOOT! You're officially book pregnant! Congrats!!

Leandra Wallace said...

Awesome news! Congrats!

Shari Green said...

This is SO AWESOME!!! Huge congrats, Lisa Ann. Woohooooooo!

Tonette dela Luna said...

Congrats on your inspiring journey! Best of luck and can't wait to read the books.

Cheers,

Tonette

alexia said...

Yay! So awesome!

LisaAnn said...

Thank you guys SOOOO much for all your sweet comments and congratulations. I really, really appreciate it, and I'm so thankful to have you!

Emily R. King said...

I'm so happy for you LisaAnn! You've earned it!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! That is fantastic! Congratulations!

Melinda Braun said...

Congratulations, Lisa! I hope that someday in the near future I will know what that feeling is like.

Altha Fidia Oktora said...


Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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