Yay! Today’s the big day!
I’m thrilled to announce that my young adult contemporary science fiction novel FIRE IN THE WOODS has been contracted with Month9Books for release September 23, 2014.
Did you catch that?
Yes, I’m a little stressed, because most books being signed right now are pushing out to late 2015 or 2016, but in my editor’s words (answering a tweet from someone saying how fast that was…)
“Whew! Can ONLY do when work comes in nearly perfect shape. Even then, whew!”
Wow. Nearly perfect shape? I’m still tingling. Awe, Heck. I think I’ll just show your the entire Twitter stream, before the official announcement was made, so there is no mention yet of my name, or the title of the book.
Wow. Just Wow.
You can’t even imagine what public tweets like that are doing to my ego.
Mostly, though, I’m holding my head and trying to not fall off this fast moving train I’ve suddenly (and a little unexpectedly) found myself on.
Now, that is not to say that I don’t have a whole lot of work ahead of me. My editing timeline is KILLER
Wait! There’s more!
Did you catch the last word in the title?
Yup. Month9Books has contracted a series of 3 FIRE IN THE WOODS books, with an option for a fourth. The first will release in September, 2014, and the next two will release in 2015.
Being that I don’t even have concepts for a second and third book, and the second book is due in two and a half months, and the third book due four months later –
I am in for a heck of a roller coaster ride. No – Other than plotting out how many words (YIKES) I will have to type a day, I have NO IDEA how I am going to pull it off.
Be prepared for a stream of FREAK OUT posts to fill you in on how I’m doing.
Here we go. The roller coaster ride has officially started!
That’s awesome! Throwing confetti & doing happy dance in living room for you, friend 🙂 Can’t wait to read your book, which I’m sure will be perfect when it comes out in Sept!!! C*O*N*G*R*A*T*S!!!
Thanks so much Jamie!
Well done!! Congratulations! … Sounds like you might need to revive the “Write a Novel (or three!) with Jennifer” again to enlist some help!
Ha! I need to write much faster than a page a week!
That’s so amazing. I know you earned it. Now quit blogging and get to plotting!
Working on it, Ma’am
Sometimes those quick deadlines are just what we need to get the creative juices flowing, right? 🙂 I’m willing to bet that you are more than up to the challenge. Now, just remember to breath while you’re editing, plotting, and writing those next few books! 😀
Breathing is the easy part. I’m trying not to make sleep optional
It’s a writer’s dream! Many congratulations! I’ll look forward to reading it in a few (very short) months!
Thanks Gwen! I hope you love it!
What a privilege to have followed along as you worked on this, to have read your writers’ advice, which you clearly followed yourself and now this! Exciting and fantastic! Congratulations. Looking forward to following you along on this journey, and to the new SERIES.
Thanks much! It’s been a long but learning-filled road.
I despise roller coasters, but I would be ecstatic to take the ride you’re having. Sending creative vibes your way so you can come up with the rest of the series.
Thanks so much! I’ll take whatever I can get.
Very happy news. Congratulations!
Wonderful news, Jennifer! Stock up on your favourite freak-out treatment. Sounds like you’re going to need it. 😉
Chocolate? Check. More chocolate? Check. Even more chocolate? Shoot… heading out to the store.
Thank you Mieke!
Wow! Congrats! That is so awesome! I can’t wait to read it when it comes out!
Thanks Krista! I’m super excited!
Wow, that is beyond a writer’s dream. Good for you!! I had to read that date twice. I’ve not seen a publisher sign a book and get it out that fast! Very happy for you and good luck with writing books two and three. If anyone can do it, you can. 🙂
Thanks. I have half a concept, and have started writing. I’m not all that comfortable with pantsing with such a tight deadline, but I’m hoping the rest will “come to me” and I can get a brief outline out to follow.
Thank you Mary!
Zowie. Holy Smoke. What a deal and what a schedule! What do you need? Coffee? Lots and lots of chocolate? Babysitting?
Looks good on YOU. Congratulations. This is outstanding. ❤
Ha! Chocolate would help, and I have an extremely supportive husband and teenage son to help with the kids.
I knew that . Just sending positive support. Go get ;em.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! ‘Nuff said 🙂
Thanks sweetie. You are next!
Awww 🙂 Seriously, so happy for you!!! (I’ve had three short stories published in an anthology. Hopefully it’s something bigger one day…) But the amount of work I’ve seen you put in is just incredible, and I got very lucky to see your post on Nathan Bransford’s forum two years ago, because I’ve seen through you that hard work pays off! Here’s to big things for you in the future!
Thank you so much, Ravena. It is true, you really need to believe in yourself and believe in your work, and never stop working to make yourself better.
This is so, so amazing – well done and enjoy the rollercoaster ride!
I think all that work you put into revision is now paying off! Congrats!
Totally. This was a huge learning experience. After Harper Collins didn’t like the “voice” I went thought the entire novel turning the narrator into 100% teenager. It was a HUGE change and a bigger risky step, as I had to break a lot of rules, but the voice is what seemed to attract them. 🙂
This is WOW! So cool, and the tweets! Hurrah hurrah! And a series no less! You are going to be busy aren’t you! Big congratulations 🙂
Thanks so much, Vanessa!
WTG! *doin’ da Snoopy Happy Dance for ya* 😀
Thank you Widder!
Congrats!!!! good luck. Almost perfect shape is amazing. Good job. You deserve to be on a high.
Totally. It’s a little numbing