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4.17.2009

The Big One

Um . . . uh . . . something happened. Something BIG. Something BIG and LIFE-CHANGING and, um, BIG.

Something that’s rendered me speechless. Astounded. Dumbfounded.


Like this.


I’m going to be published.

[High-pitched
squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!]

Yesterday my AMAZING agent, Kate Schafer Testerman, and I accepted a two-book offer from Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton (Penguin).

That’s right. So not only am I going to be published, I AM GOING TO BE PUBLISHED TWICE.

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!


HOLY CRAP!


And not only am I going to be published (TWICE!!!), I’m going to be working with JULIE STRAUSS-GABEL.


HOLY CRAP! AGAIN!


The last few weeks have been surreal. It’s like I’ve watched the entire situation as an outsider, peering over the shoulder of a friend and slapping her back with a hearty, “Good for you!” or “Way to go, kiddo!”

Because I was fortunate enough to have offers from two talented and kind editors. And though I’d be lucky (SO. LUCKY.) to have either of their guidance, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Julie.

For my readers not in the industry, Julie is, basically, The Shizz.

Never-in-my-wildest-dreams did I think she’d even CONSIDER me. In fact, I had a major major major freakout when my agent told me where she’d sent my novel. [Me to my husband: “Is she kidding? Kate’s kidding, right? She sent MY manuscript? MINE?! To JULIE STRAUSS-GABEL???”]

Julie has edited several of my VERY FAVORITE novels, including Lauren Myracle’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen (Judy Blume for a new generation!), the new and astonishing If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Just read this on the way home from Phoenix, and it’s the first book to move me to tears in years. Had to bolt into the wee teeny airplane bathroom to clean my face. Embarrassing, but so worth it), and -- AND -- John Green’s novels.

That’s right.

She’s John. Green’s. Editor.

You may recall, I’m somewhat of a fan. [Here and here.] Like, his novels have only COMPLETELY ROCKED MY WORLD. And he’s only, like, insanely quick to compliment Julie in every interview, acknowledgement, blog & vlog, and -- cough cough -- in his PRINTZ AWARD-ACCEPTING SPEECHES.

And, somehow, yesterday I accepted an offer from her.


Can this be real?


I am very fortunate, indeed.

And I’m shocked.

And . . . um . . . shocked.

Yeah. You could say I’m shocked, and that would be totally accurate.

SHOCKED.

So now would be an appropriate time to discuss First Novel. I’m notoriously paranoid about sharing details, not because I don’t love you or trust you (Because I do. You are awesome.) but because: (A) First Novel will change a LOT in the following months/years of editing, and (B) Did I mention I’m notoriously paranoid?

But I suppose I can at least share the title! Especially since, as some bloggers already know, my title has been public knowledge on Kate’s beautiful, brand-spanking-new website for an entire week. So you’ll find it here now too, added to the bottom of my old list:


FIVE SIX THINGS ABOUT FIRST NOVEL


(1) It is a young adult novel.

(2) Hopefully it has some funny bits.

(3) There is kissing. Of course.

(4) Most of it takes place in a foreign city. If you've been reading this blog closely, you already know what city that is. If you haven't, allow me to save you the bother of browsing my archives. It's Paris.

(5) There is an HBM. (Well, more like an HBM plus.)*

(6) It’s called Anna and the English French American Boy Masterpiece.**


* = For new readers, this stands for Hot British Man, something I’m particularly fond of.

** = For now. I looooove my long, silly title but I am perfectly aware that titles often change in the editing process. So we shall see.



Anyway. My mind is all over the place. Did I mention THE SHOCK?

I’M GOING TO BE PUBLISHED, YOU GUYS!!!

WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!

So there’s been some of this going on:




And lots and lots of this:




And because this moment feels like the acceptance speech for My Dream Come True, forgive me while I indulge:


Thank you, Kate, for your hard work and endless support. And thank you – so much – to Julie for trusting me. I will try my best not to let either one of you down.

Enormous on-my-knees thanks to Paula. This would have never happened without you. Period. Thank you to Laini for eye-opening, enlightened advice and for a Very Special blog post. And thanks to Sumner and Kiersten, who allow me to pester them with annoying questions at strange hours and who always have kind words for me.

And, as always, my biggest thanks to Jarrod. I love you.


[Cue exit music and handsome, tuxedoed actor taking my elbow and escorting me offstage while – horrified – I realize, OMFG I forgot to thank my parents.]


I’M GETTING PUBLISHED, YOU GUYS!!!!!

57 comments:

  1. Woot! Hooray! Yay! Yippie!

    You deserve it!

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  2. I'm kinda tearing up a bit! And that probably creeps you out because you don't really know me or anything. Gosh, this is so wonderful!

    I've been told by really awesome people how incredibly awesome you are. I'm 100% confident this is well, well deserved!

    SQUEE! You're getting published! You rock! Gratuitous exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I knew it from the first paragraph of your book.

    HOORAY FOR STEPH! HOORAY FOR HER BRILLIANT AGENT AND HER BRILLIANT EDITOR!

    HOORAY FOR THE WORLD, SINCE THEY NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

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  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! This is great news!!!!

    Enjoy the high!

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  5. Oh my god, Stephanie, I am SO PROUD of you! This is the best news, and I am so happy I am smiling to myself in a coffeeshop. That's right, risking public humiliation. This post is amazing, so amazing and exciting I flew through it in a wild panic to catch the important bits so I could just tell you HURRAH HURRAH!

    SO PROUD SO HAPPY SO YAY YAY YAY!

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  6. YAY! SO happy for you! A million congrats to you, Kate, Julie, AND the WORRRRRRLD! :)

    Now go and GOOF OFF this weekend! MORE GOOFING OFF than you and Jarrod've EVER done! Get to it!! Cheers from across the country :)

    Jim

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  7. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!

    YAY YAY STEPH!!!!!!!!!!11

    JOHN GREEN!!!!!! LAUREN MYRACLE!!!!!!!!!!! JULIE STRAUSS-GABLE!!!!!!!!!!

    I HAVE to read your book now!!! NOW!!!!!

    I don't care if it blows up the universe---- I'm getting the Nerdfighters to build me a time machine and then I'm traveling forward in time. To buy your book(s). Many, many books.

    Hooray, Steph!!!! :)

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  8. Wow wow wow! The best news I've heard in months. Yippeee! I can't wait to get my copy (let me know when Amazon has their pre-order copies available)!!!!

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  9. I'm over here from Kiersten's blog. CONGRATS TO YOU, STEPH!!!! Enjoy this wonderful time in your life. Clearly, you've worked hard. Now, sit back for while and enjoy the fruits of your labor!;-)

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  10. Woo hoo!!

    Another pal of Kiersten coming over to wish you congrats! What fantastic news!! I've heard fabulous things about your book, so it looks like this is a well earned reward for a lot of hard work.

    CONGRATS!!!

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  11. The only thing I know about this book is that there's a HBM. I'm already hooked.

    Congratulations! I can't wait to read it when it's published.

    (Woo hoo!)

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  12. Stephanie
    I don't know you, but blogger Natalie had some really nice things to say about you, so I had to stop in and say HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope you are enjoying the moment and the wonderful new moments to come!

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  13. Congrats! This is very awesome! I came from Natalie's blog and wish you the best. :D

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  14. *Throws confetti and jumps up and down*

    WOOHOO!!!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!

    Congrats and Felicitations (In French in honor of you book's locale)!! I can't wait to read your PUBLISHED book! You rock! It has so many of my favorite things. HBM. Paris. Kissing. Funny Bits.YA. and the title is SO DANG ADORABLE.

    Julie Strauss-Gabel!!!! Wow! Wow! That's MAJOR!
    Needless to say, I'm celebrating for you big time!

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  15. I screwed up my long and rambling congrats - so I'll make this short.

    I AM SO HAPPY AND CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOUR ADORABLE BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    Wow. So cool! And it took no time at all?!

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  16. Woo hoo! I am doing a happy dance for you. I'm also holding up a picture of Chris and making HIM do a happy dance for you.

    Not like I have to MAKE him do it, because of course he wants to.

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  17. Wah-hoo that is so exciting!!! I can't wait to read it, when it hits the shelves...Congrats!!!
    PS I was trying to figure out what HBM could stand for I came up with Hot Body Male...I like Hot British Man better. I couldn't ask for anything more in a book.

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  18. never a doubt in my mind, love.

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  19. All I can say is that from the moment I read your first page, I knew you had something special. I love the writing. I love the characters. I love the book. I love you.

    Since Jarrod has probably already claimed the title of Number 1 Fan, can I be next in line?

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  20. WOW! BIG congrats! Did I pick a great day to stop by or what? BTW, Kate said no to me so each time I see her name it's like a tiny little bruise lol. But super yay for YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Yay!!!!!!! So Excited!!!! And so happy to be part of it, even in my small, just-happy-to-be-reading-such-a-good-book kind of way!

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  22. I've been just waiting to let out that last bit of the hip, hip, hoo...

    here it comes...

    RAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, yes, yes! You know I'm doing the happy dance for you!

    xoxo

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  23. YAYYYYYYYY!! Yay for Steph! Yay for Kate! Yay for Julie!!! And, of course:

    Yay for Anna!!!!!!!!! And for the English French American Boy Masterpiece! (I so hope they keep that title.)

    Like Kiersten says above, I know as soon as I started reading that it would not be long before that manuscript became a book -- and then it got better, and better, and better!

    Hurrrrrayyyyyyy!!!!!!!

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  24. That is AWESOME news. Congrats, you have worked hard for this moment.

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  25. OMG, HUGE HUGE HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, Stephanie!!!! I can't wait to read it, and YAY for HBM!!! ;)

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  26. AWESOME!!!!Now Stephenie Meyer can say, "Yeah, I met Stephanie Perkins before she was a big, famous rock star author."

    Seriously, that is FANTASTIC, AMAZING, EXCITING, LIFE-CHANGING, EARTH-SHATTERING news! I'm thrilled for you.

    Congratulations!

    Lisa

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  27. You just made my morning. Thanks for sharing your happiness.

    CONGRATS!!!!!

    Sarah Frances

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  28. Yay!!! Congratulations! You are a rock start. Can't wait to read it and fall for HBM!

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  29. Congrats! I am so excited to get to read it!

    (you may not remember me, I am Leslie's friend Cassity that used to live in Asheville. But, anyway I LOVE reading your blog- and am so happy for you!)

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  30. That is SO awesome, congratulations!!!! (Yes, this calls for multiple exclamation points.) :D

    *throws flaming confetti*

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  31. Yay for you! You are going to have the same editor as JOHN GREEN! I know how you feel about his writing.

    And yay for me! I get to buy your book and read it now!

    I am so happy for both of us!

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  32. Super Huge Congrats! And I love the title!

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  33. Eeeeeeee! Yay, yay, yay!!! SO excited for you and incredibly thrilled! You have worked really really hard for this and I know you have wanted to be a writer forever. I'm very happy for you. And I lol reading the title of the book because it's so, perfect! I hope they keep it too.

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  34. Hurrah! Congratulations enough to fill a bucket, a shelf, a truck load, a barn, and 44 ice cream shops. So cool!

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  35. One of the BEST blog posts evah!!! Love all the pictures.

    Julie S-G is da bomb. But of course, if the talented Laini says your book is fantastic, it must be, and Julie has just confirmed that.

    Congratulations! Enjoy this moment and all the wonderful moments to come!!!

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  36. HOLY CRAP!!! Steph, that's SO exciting! I haven't been reading your blog for to to long, but I totally felt thrilled when I read that!!! They're gonna FLY off the shelves, cuz everyone loves hilarity, kissage, and HBMism.
    Particularly me.....:D

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  37. Oh, that's fantastic! I don't even know you (just blog-hopped over from Kiersten's blog) but reading this had me all teary-eyed. Congratulations!

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  38. WOOHOO!! Congrats, Stephanie - and Kate and Julie! So exciting!

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  39. That is life-changing! Incredible! And the title, I love it. I hope it doesn't change.

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  40. CONGRATULATIONS! THAT IS SO EXCITING! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS ON BOOKSHELVES AND READ! =)

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  41. Congratulations!!!

    Best wishes,
    Sarah

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  42. Fan-freakin'-tastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. woot! woot! I wanted to see a picture of the ugly cry :) I am partial to HBMs b/c 1) I have one in my novel and 2) I am married to one :) he can get away with murder with that accent.

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  44. hopped over from laini's. CONGRATS! how exciting and wonderful! revel in it and celebrate!! =D

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  45. Over here from Kiersten's....
    Many congratulations!!!!!!
    :-)

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  46. Congratulations, Stephanie!!!!!!! WOWZA!!!!!
    Great post, too - love the pics!

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  47. I saw your exciting news on Kiersten's blog. It's so thrilling so see this actually happening for fellows aspiring authors. It gives me hope!! Congratulations!

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  48. Congrats from an anonymous writer and blog-reader. :)
    I'm hoping to read your novel in the near future!

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  49. Yay, Stephanie! Congratulations! You deserve this so much. We've been talking about almost nothing else at the library this past week. One question though: will you do author visits? ;)

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  50. I was sure I'd already commented, but it doesn't seem to be here!

    Congrats you you, Steph! I am so, so excited for you!

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  51. Congratulations! I can't wait to read it...erm, THEM!

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  52. HURRAY! Wow! Congratulations! That's so wonderful. I'm so happy for you!

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  53. Congratulations Stephanie! Your book sounds amazing - can't wait to hear more about the process as it goes along! =)

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  54. That's so exciting. I found your blog by researching Julie Strauss-Gabel because she asked to see part of one of my manuscripts. I was just wondering how long it took to to hear back from her after she asked for your manuscript.

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