|My husband who was in on the surprise, documents my shock in this blurry phone photo|
I had to wait six, long, painful weeks to share my news with the world, but it was totally worth it when the announcement came out in Publisher's Weekly.
As my readers and readers of that June YAOTL blog entry know, it has been five years since my last book came out--and when I got that call it had been six years and a month since my last sale. It was definitely a long, hard road for me, but now here I am, starting fresh with a new, incredible editor and publisher on a project that I never would have dreamed about at the beginning of my career. It's exciting and terrifying, very much like the beginning of a new school year always felt to me.
I've taken the summer off from writing. I had lots of visitors, traveled a little bit (I even went whale watching!), and relaxed a ton. But now I have to sit back down at a desk and really get to work. The book was sold on proposal and while about half of it is written there is still a ton to do. Also, much like at the beginning of a school year, I need to get my photo taken! That author photo they used above is my old one... from 2007. New book, new me, and probably a lot of new challenges, but I am ready for them!