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Friday, April 5, 2013

Big BIG News! (Yes THAT Big News!)

In case you wondered what Magic the Cat was looking so secretive about this morning...

I have a two book deal for my novel, THE BABA YAGA, and it's sequel, with Berkley Publishing!

Yes, there is some major happy dancing going on at my house.

As most of you know, I wrote my 1st book for Llewellyn in 2005 and it came out in 2007. Six other books on witchcraft followed, including THE WITCH'S BROOM, which will be out in about a year. During this time, I also wrote seven novels. I spent a couple of years polishing the first one, then two years submitting to agents. And being rejected, over and over again, until happily, I signed with the fabulous Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency. That was three years, one month, and 4 days ago. Not that anyone's counting. (Ahem.) In those three years, we sent out four novels. And they were rejected, over and over again. Usually with absolutely great rejections that praised my writing. But still. Book four, which went out in mid-January, was a modern fairy tale/fantasy romance called THE BABA YAGA.

And thankfully, editor Leis Pedersen at Berkley loved it! (And the idea for the next book in the series.)
 
  
More happy dancing.

The reason I mentioned all of this, rather than just shouting
I FINALLY SOLD A NOVEL, WHOO HOO!!!!
(Although there is a little bit of that) is to say to those of you who are still out there trying to get published...
don't give up! Some day it will happen for you too! And we'll all join you in doing the happy dance too.
Did I mention YAY I FINALLY SOLD A NOVEL (well two)?!
I owe huge thanks to Elaine (YAY #AgentWin). But also to my many writer pals who have encouraged and mentored me along the way--they made the journey a lot more fun and contributed to my ending up here.

So, what do y'all think I should do to celebrate? I'm thinking some kind of giveaway, so everyone can celebrate with me. Because, you know
I FINALLY SOLD A NOVEL! WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!
   
 

39 comments:

  1. Woooo Hooooo!!! Congrats, Deb!

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  2. It's probably too early to know for sure, but do you know about when it will come out?

    Also, this is the perfect excuse to come hang out with me at RT next year!

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    1. Ha! No RT for me, alas, but it looks like probably late summer/early fall 2014, publishing gods willing.

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  3. That is awesome news! You deserve to be happy. Let us do the dance of joy!

    Kit

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  4. Yay, yay, yay, and a special dose of hurrah! I can't wait to follow you on this journey, as you bond with your editor, see cover art, etc., etc.! Many, many well-deserved congratulations!

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    1. Thanks! And expect to be hit up for a blurb :-)

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  5. So thrilled for you, Deborah! I knew it would happen one day!! Kudos to you for never giving up.

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    1. Thanks Jeri! Sometimes it pays to be too stubborn to give up :-)

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  6. I don't know why my first post didn't go through. So, if this is my third post, I'm sorry....

    This is amazing news. Looking forward to reading your book.

    Congratulations.

    Susanne

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    1. This is the only one--lol. Thanks Susanne!

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  7. Congratulations!!! So happy for you, Deborah.

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  8. Super, super congratulations!!!! That is awesome news. So excited for you. : )

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  9. Huge congratulations!!

    Love the happy dance graphics!

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    1. Kendra,
      Thanks!
      And what kind of person has three happy dance graphics just sitting around waiting for this day?
      *blushes*
      Well, they are fun...

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  10. Big congrats! One of my CPs writes for Leis and just loves her.

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  11. I am so freaking happy. First for you and second for me cause I'll get to read them!

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  12. Woo HOO!!! Happy dancing along with you, hon - huge congrats!

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  13. Thanks all! As I told a friend of mine, it isn't "real" until it is shared on my blog with all my pals!

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  14. Big time congratulations! That's wonderful!

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  15. I am so excited for you and for me as one of your avid fans. I knew it would happen!,

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  16. Thanks guys! I have the BEST cheering section evah :-)

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  17. Yay, Deb! That is wondrous news! Congratulations--dance and then dance some more!

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  18. Fabulous news! WELL DONE that woman! :)

    And thanks for the encouragement -I'm still plodding along that same route...

    Can't wait to read them - and I have friends in my writer's group who will want to also, as they've written short Yaga stories!

    Deborah (the other)

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    1. Hey Other Deborah!

      Tell your writer's group I said hi :-) Good taste in story lines...

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  19. Fabulous - congratulations!!!

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  21. Huge news! Congratulations and my best wishes for your success!

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    1. Thanks Tia! Guess you have to restart D&R now, eh?

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  22. 'bout damn time. Loves ya and I'm so happpppyyy for you!!!

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    1. It is :-) And thanks, Candy--you know I credit you for getting the ball rolling, way back when!

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  23. CONGRATS!!! *doing the Kermit flaily-arm dance for you!*

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