Thursday, April 8, 2010

Good news, GOOD NEWS!!!

I've had some good news lately, on various things, so I'll combine it all into one happy, slightly sickening post and then be done with it, how's that? That's a picture of me, being happy a few weeks ago, at the beach - happiness feels wonderful, doesn't it? That was even before all the good news hit, so wow, imagine how happy I look now - ha! I still look bundled up and slightly cold, however, thanks to the winter-like weather we've been experiencing here lately.

Anyway...

First item of good news - CHASING BROOKLYN is going to be published in Korea! Hooray!! It's my first foreign rights deal for that book, so I'm very excited.

Second item of good news - FAR FROM YOU is a 2011 Beehive Book Award Nominee (in the poetry category!) in the great state of Utah. You can read the entire list of nominees HERE.

And the last bit of good news involves this picture, which I also took at the beach a few weeks ago.


Who are Cole and Amber, you ask? They are the characters in my latest verse novel that I just sold to Simon Pulse this week, tentatively titled THE DAY BEFORE, described in Publisher's Marketplace like this:

The Day Before, about 16-year old Amber, who goes to the beach alone to spend one perfect day before her world is turned upside down, and meets and feels a strong connection to a boy, Cole, who she slowly discovers is looking for his own escape, but for a very different reason.

Yes, it is 100% contemporary and I'm SOOO excited about it. I'll be working with Annette at Simon Pulse, and I can't wait to dig into revisions with her notes and make it sparkle and shine. I'll share more about how I came to write the book and the inspiration behind it another time.

I really need to do some helpful posts soon, as my blog has been lacking in that area lately. I think it's because I did a bunch of guest blog posts recently, and so there goes all my good material! My own readers then get the leftovers. Sorry, dear readers!! I'll bake up something delicious just for you soon, I promise! And I should probably do a post linking to those helpful posts as well. I'll put that on my to-do list for next week, before I leave for the great state of Texas!

I'm wishing everyone a little (or a lot) of good news this week!

46 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all that awesome news! Congratulations!!

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  2. Congrats! So thrilled we'll get more books from you!

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  3. Woo-hoo! This is going to be a great year--you're on a roll.

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  4. Very cool! I'm so happy for you!

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  5. Awesome! Can't wait to read the new book!

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  6. This is all fabulous news, Lisa. I'm so happy for you! Your new book sounds amazing. Contemporary YA is my absolute favorite and the concept is intriguing. Congratulations. :)

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  7. You're right - that really is A LOT of very good news. I couldn't be happier for you. :-)

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  8. Congrats! I got IHYYHM today from the library. It's my first book of yours and I'm so excited to read it!

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  9. Lisa, I am soooooo happy for you! Congratulations on all fronts! You are an inspiration :D

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  10. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you can’t wait to read it.


    Sincerely
    Michelle Flores

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  11. WOW!! You must look uber-extra-happy now!! Congrats!!

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  12. Congrats, Lisa!!! Can't wait to read it ...

    Oh, and when the cover art is released - I'm totally updating your blog header! :)

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  13. Congratulations, Lisa! Can't wait to read it.

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  14. Lisa, you are on fire! Congrats!

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  15. Oh yay Lisa!!! I'm so happy for you! And you're so pretty too-- love the pic! And love the sand pic w/ your characters' names!

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  16. Love hearing all your good news --Congratulations and keep enjoying! (I'm so happy for you that I actually had to edit out some of my exclam points, it just looked too silly). :)

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  17. All excellent news!! And, wow, the new book sounds awesome. I'm a sucker for a straight-up contemporary! Looking forward to reading it...

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sounds absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read it!

    It's Raining Cupcakes is on my bookshelf, calling to me, but we have to get a proposal to our agent before I can start it. How's that for motivation!

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  19. Fantastic news! Bask in the glow of happiness and gratitude :-)

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  20. Congratulations! Very exciting and wonderful!

    Shelley

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  21. Awesome news Lisa.Congratulations!

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  22. You have a lot to be happy about. Congratulations on all your good news.

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  23. Yay!!! Congratulations!!!! What a fantastic way to start the spring. Now only if the weather would jump on board... :)

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  24. Thanks all - you are WONDERFUL!!!!

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  25. Congratulations! And YAY! I'm so excited for more verse novels! Your books are some of my favorites to share with people because they hear verse novel and they think it's just a long poem with hidden meanings and stuff. Nope. It's a brilliant story with no extra fluff that is beautiful! They are amazed and in love when they finish! So keep on writing those verse novels! Though we'll take anything you write ;)

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  26. Ahhh--CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    I am soooooooooo excited for you Lisa. And the best part is that it's good news for me too--because now I get to read it someday!!!!

    Sorry I'm so late to the party but I'm definitely still tossing confetti and celebrating. :)

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  27. Congratulations!! So excited to hear more about The Day Before! :)

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  28. Lisa, congrats on all your good news!! So wonderful! :)

    I saw the PM announcement this morning and was thrilled for you. Huzzah!

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  29. Congratulations, Lisa! Always nice to hear good news :)

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  30. WOW...Lisa! Congratulations on all of this!!!

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  31. WOW!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! I can't wait to hear more!

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  32. OMG That's all awesome news!! Congrats! :) I'm excited for this new book. Any idea when it will be out?

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  33. Woohoo!! Fantastic news, Lisa. Congrats! :D

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  34. Just popped over from Denise's blog to check out your good news. Congratulations on all of it. I'm sure you've been doing a happy dance, and rightly so! :)

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  35. Yaaay! You will love working with Annette. She is divine, and very lucky to have you! And we are all lucky to have more of your books to look forward to. :-)

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  36. Fantastic! great to see you so happy!
    And with good reason.
    Enjoy it all
    Love Julie (of Oz)

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  37. I'm doing the happy dance for you!!!
    Mona

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  38. Congratulations on all your good news Lisa! And more good news: I've been seeing "It's Raining Cupcakes" all over NYC! (I even took some pics with my cell phone if you want them.)

    Haven't had a chance to read the copy I bought yet, but it is on top of my to read pile - hoping to read it soon!

    Stephanie

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