Thursday, May 19, 2011

SOLD!!


I've been sitting on this news for over a week, now. Remember last week when I said part of my May was WOW? This is the WOW, announced in Publisher's Lunch today:

CJ Redwine's THE COURIER'S DAUGHTER, a YA fantasy debut in which an independent girl sets out to rescue her father from the Wasteland outside their cloistered city and in the process finds danger, heartbreak, and a new romance with her father's apprentice, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency 

I'm so thrilled. I have no idea how to make this font look like the font I started with, but my status as resident TechIdiot doesn't matter because I sold!! :)

I'm really excited to work with Kristin. I had phone calls with each of the editors interested in my book, and I took detailed notes. Except with Kristin. I got so caught up in enjoying the conversation with her, that I didn't take a single note. When I hung up, I realized what I'd done, and that I had no time to recall all the pieces of shiny awesomeness from our conversation, so instead, I simply wrote "I love her!!!" and moved on.

How fortunate to be able to work with someone whom I truly enjoy, and who has the same vision for my book as I do!

Also? My agent Holly did such an amazing job in selling this trilogy that I get to quit my day job once I receive the advance and stay home to write and be a mom. YAY!!!

I'm so overwhelmed at the outpouring of good wishes and support I've received today on Twitter, FB, and my inbox. Thank you to all who've celebrated with me.

And extra thanks to Katy, Mandy, Heather, Sara, and Shannon for being my first readers and for helping me make this book shine. :)

77 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! GO YOU!!

    *throws confetti* *does happy dance*

    Congratulations, C.J.!

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  2. *tackle hugs* YAY!

    And you are most welcome. *beams* So great to finally have this day come for you!

    Katy

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  3. I am SO jealous of you in the best way possible! SUPER HUGE CONGRATS!!! :D I can't wait to see it on shelves and think 'I remember the announcement when she sold'... Made. Of. Awesome.

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  4. Making the rounds to congratulate you on all media fronts--this is the best news!!!!

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  5. Congratulations! Kristin Daly Rens is my editor too, and I absolutely love her. You are at a great place!

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  6. So happy for you! YAY mommy world, YAY to future books, YAY for uber-awesome Holly! Can't wait to read!!! HOORAY!!!

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  7. Congratulations! That's wonderful news. :)

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  8. I'd say that certainly qualifies as WOW. Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off.

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  9. Mega congratulations! I knew the first time I read your work that you would sell in BIG way because you have an amazing voice. I was right, and I'm thrilled for you!!!

    And, CJ, you were far too humble in your post. You kinda slipped in the fact that you sold AT AUCTION in your PM announcement all quiet like, but that is major rocking news that deserves all caps. And you didn't make a big deal about the fact that you had FOUR HOUSES vying for the right to publish your YA trilogy, which sold in a THREE-BOOK DEAL. Oh, and what about the fact that you're debut novel will be a HARDCOVER release?

    Seriously! This is GINORMOUS news! You've worked sooo hard for this. Enjoy the thrill.

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  10. Oops! That would be "your" debut novel. I'm too excited for you to type correctly. =)

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  11. Fantastic news! May is WOW for you, isn't it? Way to go, CJ. See you at MCRW so we can all celebrate with you!

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  12. OMG I did a happy dance in my office for you after I read this. I am sure you will let us know when it will be on the shelves, but in case you are so excited you forget this please let us know so I can go buy 10 copies. I will randomly pass them out to people in the store.

    I am so happy for you.

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  13. Congratulations! Awesome awesome news! So happy for you :D

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  14. Woot! Congrats! And YAY FOR B+B!!!!!!!! They have fantastic taste!!!

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  15. That's the best news ever. YAY!! Congratulations!

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  16. Dude, CJ. I can't believe it's only been a week because I feel like I've been bouncing around SO excited for you for WAY longer than that! It's probably because I KNEW this trilogy would be HUGE :)

    So so so so happy for you <3 <3 <3

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  17. AHHHHHHHHH ITS FINALLY OUT THERE AND I DONT HAVE TO KEEP IT SECRET ANYMORE! *Phew*

    *TOSSES BUCKETS OF CONFETTI AND TACKLE HUGS YOU!*

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  18. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am sosososooooooooooo happy for you!!! HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Yay! I'm going to place my pre-order at Amazon now! Or maybe I'll try to be patient...but it's going to be hard. I'm so excited AND inspired. You rock!

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  20. Wonderful news!! Congrats! And thanks to Beth and her Twitter rant I found out. :)

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  21. I already said this elsewhere but OMGOSH I am soooo thrilled for you. The LLama rules. And so do you.
    ronna

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  22. Congratulations, CJ! Like Keli said, I always knew you'd sell in a big way! I've been a fan since our Pixie Chick days! Such awesome news, and you deserve it!

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  23. Congrats! And thanks, by the way, for the package you sent. ;)

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  24. Fantastic! Congratulations! I hoard stories like this in my hope chest. Is that a thing? There was one in Back to the future, I seem to recall :)

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  25. Yay Congrats! So excited for you.

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  26. This is TOTAL WOW! Huge congrats!!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  27. HOORAY!!!! And you're welcome. I always feel like I should thank you for letting me read your stories and this one was no exception, especially all the plot chats we had.

    Oh, and please tell me one of your stops today is to the bookstore to tell the barrista. Let's see if she'll give you congratulatory cheesecake!

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  28. Huge congratulations!! What a wonderful, awesome announcement!

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  29. I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! Ahem. Sorry. I shall stop shouting now.

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  30. Just saw about this from Shannon Whitney Messenger. Congratulations! That's awesome!

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  31. WOWwowWOW!
    Your persistance and hard work paid off in a way that is an inspiration to unpublished writers everywhere.
    Enjoy your great accomplishments!

    animalbynature.wordpress.com

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  32. Congrats, congrats, congrats!! You so deserve it, and I can't wait to see your book on shelves!!

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  33. 40 comments! Holy Wow! I must say, being in your head while you wrote this book was a pleasure and an honor. I just can't wait for people to get their hands on Logan! Er, I mean, your book! ;-)

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  34. Happy Happy Happy dance! With sprinkles!!! FTW!

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  35. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What fantastic news! You're an author, CJ!! I'm so thrilled for you, and super happy you get to stay home with your kiddos! Super news!!!

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  36. You know this already, but I am just so thrilled for you and your whole family! There is just something so satisfying about seeing true talent rewarded. And YOU CJ, are the real McCoy! I realize that your publisher probably has a proofreader or two on staff, but I am happy to offer my services in that department gratis. And if it sounds like I am just trying to get my hands on what is going to be the biggest thing since Harry Potter before anyone else,... Well, I am. :) At least now I know the name of the novel. Is it safe to assume they will keep that title? Or I guess you never know. - Kim

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  37. That is awesome! Congratulations!!

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  38. This news deserves bells ringing from towers and a few fireworks! Congratulations. I can't wait to read it.

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  39. Congratulations!! Can't wait for the books. I am also thrilled to hear that you'll be able to quit your day job.

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  40. Seriously beyond AWESOME! So happy for you. Congrats and I can't wait to read!

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  41. I am so excited for you! Congratulations and enjoy the ride. You deserve it.

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  42. Wonderful news, and the book sounds awesome! Congrats!

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  43. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. And your book sounds lovely.

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  44. Everytime I read a post like this I think, it really can happen - even to everyday people like us.

    Congratulations, CJ. :)

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  45. Congrats! I'm so happy for you. That's such awesome news. Can't wait to read it and would love to interview you and give away a copy of your book closer to your debut.

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  46. I just saw the news on Twitter and thought, hey, is that the CJ who wrote that amazing post on Speaking Out? And it is!

    Total Super-Congrats! My rainy day just got a whole lot brighter. :-)

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  47. Congrats on the BIG news, CJ!!!! :D

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  48. Super huge congrats CJ!!!!!

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  49. Congratulations on such wonderful news!!! Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves and reading it.

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  50. Congrats!!! I heard from Shannon and about fifty people on twitter. Go you!

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  51. Congrats!!!! So excited for you!

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  52. Congrats! That's amazing news. Saw the listing on PM and thought it sounded like something I'd love to read!

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  53. CJ, congratulations! Your news is beyond exciting!! I saw Shannon'n link on Facebook and had to hurry over. Hurrah!!!

    ~ that rebel, Olivia

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  54. Wow! I am so happy for you! I have tears in my eyes and I don't even know you. This is amazing news and many congratulations are in store. Soak up this moment, remember it forever, and enjoy being a full time writer and Mom.

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  55. CJ, I am so happy for you! Huge congratulations and hugs! :-)

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  56. Wow!! Thank you so much, all of you, for celebrating with me. It means a lot to me. *tosses confetti and offers cupcakes all around*

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  57. CJ this is just so freakin awesome. I love your story description. So happy for you.

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  58. Oh my gosh, CJ! How did I miss your news?!
    YOU SOLD!!!!

    Brilliance pays off, people. All you have to be is brilliant!!!!

    Congratufreakinglations to my Dark Knight Friend!

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  59. That's wonderful! Wishing you all the best. I'd say enjoy, but you're clearly doing that! :-)

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  60. Great news :) Congratulations C.J.!

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  61. Fabulous news! Congratulations!! :) So fun that you get to quit your day job. I love being a mommy-writer. It's the best job in the world!

    Amy

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  62. SO AMAZING! I am super late in congratulating, but I am sure the news is still rocking your world! So happy for you :)

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  63. Thank you ALL so much!! It's been fun finally selling and having such an incredible community of supportive cheerleaders celebrating with me. You are THE AWESOME.

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  64. You totally rock.

    I'll be there some day.

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  65. Congratulations, C.J. - this is so incredibly deserved!

    And I literally got chills when I read the line:

    "My agent Holly did such an amazing job in selling this trilogy that I get to quit my day job once I receive the advance and stay home to write and be a mom."

    I can only imagine what that must feel like...

    Congrats again, C.J. - I can't wait to see your book(s) on the shelves at Barnes & Noble!

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  66. LOVE this. I'm all smiles reading this even though it's an old post. Congrats to you!! God is good!

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