Monday, October 10, 2011

FINALLY--I CAN SHARE MY SECRET NEWS!!!

It’s funny. I have dreamed of writing this post, pretty much every day for three years (THREE YEARS!) as I researched and plotted and wrote and revised my book, and revised again, and then revised a million more times. 

And I’ve drafted this post dozens and dozens of times over the last five months (FIVE MONTHS!) as I’ve sat silently on the news, waiting for the green light to announce. (hardest secret to keep, EVER!)

But now that the moment is finally here, I’ve come to realize that some things are so overwhelming and amazing and incredible and surreal, there just aren’t the right words—even for a writer.

So I’m going to let this do the announcing for me:


S&S Takes Messenger’s Middle-Grade Debut

Keeping up with the high-priced deals, Liesa Abrams, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, took North American rights to three books, in a six-figure pre-empt, by newcomer Shannon Messenger. Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary brokered the deal for the middle-grade fantasy series, and the first book, Keeper of the Lost Cities, is scheduled for fall 2012. In Cities, a 12-year-old girl who can read minds, and is something of a social outcast, discovers the reason she has her abilities when she meets a mysterious boy. Rennert elaborated: “She’s never felt at home because she isn’t. There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for.” Messenger is in her 20s and is one of the founders of the free, online writer’s conference, WriteOnCon.



(from Publisher's Weekly. The full link is HERE)

So... yeah. Crazy, awesome, amazing, emotional, almost-impossible-to-wrap-my-head-around news. I thought I'd gotten used to it these last few months but seeing it like that? A real announcement with my name and my book's name? *eyes get misty* I don't even know what to say.

Except this: THANK YOU. For following me on this crazy journey, cheering me on, and supporting me every step of the way. It has been a long, stressful, hectic road (which is really only just beginning--eek!) and I truly, truly believe I wouldn’t have made it to this point without you guys.

And now that it’s FINALLY out in the open, I have so many things to tell you about--like meeting my amazing editor over the summer and the things I've learned from working on real Edits (yes--I've already gotten them. In fact, I'm done with them!) plus some more details about my book—WHICH I CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT!!!!

I also have an epic contest planned, which I really think you guys are going to love. So make sure you check back--I will have that up and running as soon as I come out of this shocked/amazed stupor I'm in at the moment. *stares at name in print* *stares some more.*

And ... okay, I have to say it at least once (and then I will TRY to restrain myself);

*clears throat* 

OMG I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. YAY!!!! SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

    Also, I seem to remember *cough* a certain deal with the universe *cough*....#worstfriendever But it's too good not to share!

    P.S. OMG YOU HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

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  2. I am SO very excited for you. It is such awesome news! I know you worked so hard for this. Congrats!

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  3. That is so amazing! I'm so excited for you! Congrats!

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  4. HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ms Messenger!! You adorable woman!! YAYAYYYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAY!!

    Happy dance!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Take care
    x

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  5. Congrats. So wow ... keeping it to yourself for 5 months. That's quite a feat :D You can shout it out as loud as you want now.

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  6. EEEEEEE! SO MANY CONGRATS!!!! Cities sounds totes amazing!!! :D


    (Actually, the title reminds me loads of one of my favorite animation series from way back - Lost Cities of Gold. Epic much!)

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  7. Congratulations! This is such fantastic news! :) I'm thrilled for you!

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  8. Congrats! Wheeeeee!!!! *happy dance*

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  9. That is so weird! I was checking out your last blog post this morning and I remember thinking, "I bet Shannon gets a book deal soon, I can feel it." Well, duh.

    Congratulations!!!!

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  10. MAJOR CONGRATS, Shannon!!! You have no idea how happy I am for you!! *hugs*

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS! More (three!) wonderful books coming into the world. :) I can't wait to meet them personally.

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  12. My first time here. Congratulations!

    Teresa

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  13. Congratulations!!! How on earth did you keep a secret that big for so long??? I think I would have exploded.

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  14. I usually only get that excited about chocolate-covered beer.

    But I suppose this is almost as good.

    Congrats!

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  15. OMG, that's awesome! Congratulations!

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  16. That's awesome! I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to read your book!

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  17. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!! Wow - that's SO fabulous Shannon! I'm absolutely thrilled for you! Definitely doing a happy dance (or 20) in your honour. You deserve it and I don't think I could be happier! :)

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  18. Congratulations!! That is so fantastically awesome. I don't know how you could keep that secret. I would have spilled it long ago. Great news!

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  19. THRILLED FOR YOU SHANNON! You've been such an amazing inspiration for me! Your book (I'm sorry - BOOKS!) sound AMAZING! I am jumping up and down for you! (Unfortunately, not literally because I'm work...but...you know...)

    HOORAY!
    HOORAY!
    HOORAY!
    HOORAY!

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  20. Congratulations, Shannon! I knew it was only a matter of time before this day would come! So excited for you!

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  21. Yay!!!! Congratulations, Shannon! That's the best news. :D

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  22. Yay yay yay!!! That's SO amazing! Congratulations! : D

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  23. CONGRATS!!! Your book sound amazing!! So happy for you :)

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  24. Shannon,

    This may rank as the MOST wonderful publishing news I've ever heard!!! "A six figure preempt for three books!" Glorious.

    I am so happy for you. You have been so supportive of other writers and, in public at least, so patient and so graceful at the glacial pace of the publishing process. You go to prove that old equation: hard work + talent + shenanigans = success.

    Now sit back and let me serenade you with something from Oklahoma! (Clears throat) "Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my way."

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  25. YAY!!!! CONGRATS! (tosses confetti and bakes a virtual cake) <--- its chocolate!

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  26. And such a lovely write up, too!!

    Congratulations, dear girl. Good things were always bound to happen for you.

    Shelley

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  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I've been following your blog since way back when you first started it, and I'm thrilled that you have a book deal!!!

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  28. Congratulations!!! I'm excited to read your book when it comes out!

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  29. Congrats on the awesome news, Shannon. :D

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  30. CONGRATULATIONS SHANNON!!!
    That's AMAZING news! I can't wait to see it on the bookshelves.

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  31. AHHHHHH!!!! Shannon, how incredibly awesome!!!! Well worth the wait, huh??? Smiles and hugs and smiles and hugs :) Way to go, sweetie!

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  32. SO SO SO EXCITING :) :) :)

    I can't wait to see those words in print in a REAL book!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  33. That's awesome!!! I'm so excited for you!!! And the write-p is incredible. :)

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  34. Fantastic, dreamy news! You have worked so hard and it shows! Congrats to you, and thanks for supporting so many of us along your journey.

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  35. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so wonderful. I can't wait to read all three!

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  36. I've been waiting for you to announce this!!! YAY!!!! (P.s. LOVE the title!)

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  37. So glad you finally get to spill the secret! Huge congrats!!! xo

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  38. wow - i'm so happy for you!

    your blog is the first one i found when i started seriously writing kidlit. i was inspired by your journey (sorry, sounds corny, but it's TRUE!), and loved reading what it was like to be in that in-between phase.

    i can't wait to buy your series - fall 2012 can't come soon enough!

    -gina

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  39. *happy dance* *throws sparkles* *throws MOAR SPARKLES*

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  40. Congrats! So excited that all your hard work paid off!

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  41. Awesome news! Congratulations! :)

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  42. So excited for you! Congratulations!

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  43. Holy Shnikes! That's amazing news. Congrats, Shannon! Glad you didn't die of impatience waiting to announce it like I would have. And what a write-up! Thanks, PW!

    Is it Fall 2012 yet? ;)

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  44. Congrats! Your series sounds really cool!

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  45. Eee! I am so excited for you!!! Congratulations!!! I am so adding Keeper of the Lost Cities to my wishlist. =)

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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  46. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I just have to say I love you, I knew you could do it. Love, Mom :D

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  47. That's great!! Congratulations!

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  48. OMG!!! WOW!
    How on earth did you keep quiet for FIVE MONTHS!!!! That seems an insanely long time to keep something like this secret.
    Huge Congratulations!!!!

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  49. Shannon. I am so gosh darn happy for you I am laughing out loud (my husband thinks I am nuts, he he). Just HUGE congratulations from up here in Canada!!!

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  50. Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news and well deserved and earned!!

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  51. Huge huge congratulations!!! So excited!!

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  52. Shannon, that is WAY cool! I'm so happy for you. WOOO!!! Hugeous congrats. How totally exciting!!!! More exclamation marks!!!!!

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  53. Congratulations! Can't wait to read your series, it sounds awesome!

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  54. WHOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

    This has made me grin from ear to ear, because it really couldn't have happened to a nice, more generous person. You deserve this! xx

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  55. OMG you finally announced!!!!!!!!!
    SO VERY excited and happy for you (and looking forwrd to that contest)! CONGRATS!

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  56. YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY!! I was beginning to wonder if they'd ever let you announce. Congratulations again, Shannon! I'm so happy for you!

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  57. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read this!

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  58. Congratulations Shannon I am very happy for you and proud to be your friend. Happy Happy Happy!

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  59. Congrats! That is so exciting and I'm so happy for you!

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  60. I know exactly what you mean about dreaming of this day, when all those fellow writers you've seen on the blogs drop by to say

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  61. I think this calls for cupcakes. Again. Some more. Because even though I already knew, now EVERYONE knows, and THAT requires celebrating!!

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  62. *wipes tears* I am SO FREAKING HAPPY for you, #1. I have no words. This is the greatest announcement I've witnessed in my three years of blogging!! You are the best and you deserve every moment of this!!!! :-)

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  63. Wow! That is amazing! Congrats! You're already like the Goddess of Middle Grade for me, so this makes it official! :)

    (And you've made me use up my dail y quota of exclamation marks too. :)

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  64. Yay! That's amazing news. You deserve to enjoy every second of this!

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  65. CONGRATS!!!!!!!! *✩☆∴*★∵∶。◦°✩ ⋰˚☆ (<-confetti)

    I'm SO excited for you!! :D

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  66. Yahoo for you! Congratulations!!!! I'm so excited for you! I'm looking forward to following your journey.

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  67. CONGRATS, SHANNON! This is fantastic news! You deserve it :)

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  68. YAY!! At last, the news I've been waiting to hear!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    **tosses confetti and sparkles**

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  69. THAT IS THE BESTEST SECRET NEWS EVER! <3333333333333

    GAAAAHHH, I'm so happy for you, Shannon :D

    Cannot. Wait. For. This. Gem. Of. Yours.

    Hearties congrats!!

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  70. HOT DAMN AND HALLELUJAH!! Hope you sell a billion copies.

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  71. I can say in complete, utter, and total honesty that I have never been so happy for someone that wasn't me than I am right now. I can't even imagine the cloud you must be on. HOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAYY!

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  72. WooHOOOOOOOO! Congratulations! So excited for you!

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  73. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

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  74. Congratulations, Shannon!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU! i can't wait to read it. :D

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  75. I am so excited for you! I can only imagine how hard it was to not post on your blog earlier. Can't wait to read your books, the premise sounds so fun and interesting!

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  76. Congrats, Shannon! All your hard work has paid off!

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  77. Wahoo!!! Congratulations Shannon, you deserve it!

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  78. Holy crap, girl! That's absolutely fantastically, sparkily, amazingly fabulous! Congratulations! *virtual hugs*

    I can't wait to read more about your mind-reading girl and her adventures.

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  79. WOW! Shannon, that's incredible! Huge congratulations!! Can't wait to read it. :D

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  80. OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  81. OMGoodness, Shannon! I'm so excited for you! The PW piece brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  82. Eek! Can't imagine how hard it would have been to keep this quiet ... So happy for you! (Even though I don't really know you, but still ...)

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  83. Huge congrats, Shannon! This sounds so FANTASTIC! Can't wait to read!!!

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  84. Woo!! So AWESOME!! Your book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it. : ) Major congrats!

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  85. This is beyond awesome! CONGRATS!!! So excited and happy for you, and wow, that IS a hard secret to keep for so long! Also, nice new profile pic!

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  86. Forgot to mention earlier. I bet there are a lot of Apocalypsies who would love to see you join our earth-ending ranks! hint, hint... :0)

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  87. Congratulations! Laura Rennert seems sooo great. I saw her at a conference and was so impressed. Look forward to looking for your books! Laura Rennert only represents top-notch stuff.

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  88. WOOHOO! Congrats! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to read your book!

    Big hugs!

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  89. So, so awesome. Way to go, Shannon.

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  90. OMG! THAT'S SO AWESOME!!

    I'm so excited for you and so excited that we finally get to hear more about your book, which sounds amazing! Congrats!

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  91. OH WOW!!! I don't have words to say how awesomely awesome this is!

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  92. Congratulations on the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G news!!!

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  93. Congratulations, Shannon! I'm so excited for you, and your book sounds fabulous!

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  94. Cartwheels of congratulations to you. I wish you the very best.

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  95. Congratulations! That is the best way to start the week! :D

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  96. I am SO proud of you! You are a wonderful person and a wonderful writer. And soon, the whole world will know it.
    Yay! OMG, YOU HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

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  97. OMGGGGGGG. I knew you would blow them away! Awesome news and totally deserved!!!!! Congrats!!!

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  98. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    OMGOSH I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU RIGHT NOW! OMGOSH, OMGOSH, OMGOSH!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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  99. That's so awesome! Congrats and I can't wait to read it! (No, seriously. The description sounds so awesome.)

    I was about to jump up and do a happy dance, but then I remembered I'm in public and that might be sort of awkward. But I totally just did one in my head for you.

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  100. Congratulations! That's the most awesome news!

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  101. EGAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled for you. You must be positively giddy. Yeah, I thought giddy was the only way to describe what you must be feeling. So thrilled for you. (((hugs))) *I knew her when*

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  102. FINALLY I get to talk about you in public!!! :-) SO MANY CONGRATULATIONS, dear friend!!!!! *Virtual Hugs and kisses*!

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  103. hi miss shannon! yippeeeee! hoooray!!! and its middle grade!!!! for sure im gonna wanna read it even if it is a girl hero. ack! ha ha. i cant think how you could of not said not one word for all this time. for sure your a good secret keeper. im sooooooo happy for you.
    ...big happy hugs from lenny

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  104. WOW! This is the best news!!! You were on of the first Writer's blogs I found. You totally deserve this, and I can't wait to read your first book. It is going to be awesome!

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  105. No one deserves it more--congrats!

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  106. YAY!!! I'm so, SO excited to see your book on the shelves! It sounds amazing! Congratulations!

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  107. Oh my gosh!! Wow! Congratulations, Shannon!

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  108. SHAN! New photo too? You look amazing. So happy for you. After all the hard work, and all the giving back to rest of us writers, I can't think of a single person who deserves it more.

    WOOOOOT!

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  109. Congrats, Shannon! I'm so glad you could share the news. :D Enjoy it!!!!

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  110. Oh YAY, Shannon!! Such excellent news. So happy for you. Can't wait to read the first book when the ARCS come out.

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  111. Yay!! Congrats!! Sounds awesome! :D

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  112. HOLY CRAP CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! I can't wait to be able to go out to the bookstore and BUY (SQUEE) your book! :D Thank goodness 2012 isn't too far away!!!!

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  113. That's SOO amazing! I'm seriously almost crying, that's how happy I am for you. :) You deserve this, and I'm so so SO glad you got it! Congratulations, let happy caps-lock and excessive punctuation ABOUND!!!
    Also, cake.
    :)

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  114. Hey Shannon,

    Congrats on your book deal. I'm so happy for you that I'm doing the Snoppy dance right now. Seriously. :). http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

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  115. So happy you finally get to share your epic news! You so deserve this, Shannon! I've been cheering you on every step of the way and so happy to see you reap the rewards at last!!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  116. Holy. Freaking. COW!!!!! THAT IS SO ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! Squeeeeee!!! I'm jumping up and down in excitement for you!!!!!!

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    So. Many. Smilies. There just aren't enough for this moment.

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  117. BOO-YAH! I'm so thrilled for you, Shannon!!!

    YIPPEE!!!!!!!!

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  118. YAY, so exciting! Congratulations, Shannon!!! Can't wait to read your books!

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  119. Shannon, I got all misty eyed! Hooray! Congratulations.
    I am so, so happy for you.

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  120. OMG!!!! That's so wonderful!
    A HUGE HUGE CONGRATS!
    It must have been killing you waiting so long!

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  121. How did it take me so long to see this? This is the most AWESOME news!!! Congratulations, girl! Whoop it up tonight, if you haven't burned yourself out squealing by then. And get out of those pjs. Seriously. You're an author now. Show some self-respect. ;)

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  122. YEEEEP!! SOOOO SUPER DUPER CONGRATULATIONS. YOU SOOO DESERVE IT. I ALREADY KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME BEYOND WORDS. BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME BEYOND WORDS. SO I'M GOING TO STOP RAMBLING NOW AND TELL YOU THAT TOTALLY ROCKS. *virtual high-fives*

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  123. Congratulations! After reviewing and talking about other books, next year everybody will be reviewing and talking about yours :-)

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  124. Oh, Shannon. Nobody deserves it more. I can't even run around screaming--I'm just staring at my screen in quiet delight. Wonderful, WONDERFUL news.

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  125. Congrats, Shannon!! Enjoy the sweet taste of success. You've certainly earned it, Sister!

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  126. OMG. So exciting!!! This story sounds so cool. Can't wait to read it.

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  127. Congratulations . . . I had a feeling publication wasn't far away for you. Can't wait to read the book!

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  128. Yes, you have a book deal. It sounds like some book deal. Congratulations!

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  129. Yay Shannon! That's super awesome. Congratulations :) I can't wait to read your book when it comes out next year.

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  130. Con freak'n grats! You deserve it. Excited for you.

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  131. I was so excited about this that I announced it to my husband, who has no idea who you are :) I can't wait to read your awesome books!!

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  132. Yes! Yes! Yes! WOOHOO! Congratulations, Shannon!!! Six figure pre-empt? I am in awe!

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  133. Very, very exciting!!

    Congratulations. I haven't known you for long, but I do know how hard you work on behalf of writers.

    Well deserved! And it looks like a fun read.

    Cue marching band.
    Cue dancing girls and boys.
    Cue biodegradable ticker tape.

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  134. Big congrats and yeah to you! Can't wait to see what's coming next!!! :O)

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  135. That is so awesome, you so deserve it! Can't wait to read it, well done.

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  136. Wow, and with S&S! Congratulations, girl! Sooo happy for you!

    J.C.

    Join me in the Trick or Treat Spooktacular! Could you help make the Grand Prize a brand new Kindle Touch?

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  137. I was hoping that was your news!!!! But wow! That is amazing!!! And I can't stop typing the exclamation points!!!

    Congratulations! :D

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  138. This is really such an acheivement, be proud that you did it!!! Congrats!

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  139. Congrats! Always exciting to see someone who's worked so hard achieve success. Not to mention your generousity to other authors. Well deserved and well earned.

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  140. So. Lady. I've been faithfully scanning PW for months, waiting for this! How did I miss it when everything finally went down??

    What a way to start! Here's to a wild ride.
    Congrats. xo

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  141. This is so amazingly fantastic!!! This is inspiring! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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  142. Congrats....**does the happy dance for you** What an exciting and well deserved surprise. Can't wait to hear more!

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  143. Woot! Woot! Congratulations! An amazing testament to hard work and dedication. Extremely happy for you!

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  144. Wow! So, so happy for you! Many congratulations and can't wait to read the series!!

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  145. Woot! Congratulations, Shannon! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to read Keeper of the Lost Cities when it comes out.

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  146. Hooray!!! Congrats! I'm so happy for you . . . of course we all knew this day would come. ;-)

    *happy dance with jazz hands and everything**

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  147. YAAAAAY! Humongous congrats, Shannon! WOOOO-HOOOO!

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  148. AWESOME!!!! Congratulations!!!

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  149. OMGosh, Shannon!! I just read this. So, so happy for you! Yeah!! You inspire me to keep going. Thanks!

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  150. Wow! Thrilling news! And thanks so much for WriteOnCon. What a generous, fabulous idea. Enjoy your success!

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  151. Yay Shannon! Congrats, girl! I'm so fantastically excited for you! This kind of news just makes my week.

    Hooray! You got a book deal!!

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  152. Hi, Shannon. We have yet to meet. Hello. I'm Tymothy.

    More importantly-

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    *I love that last line.

    Go. Go. Go.

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  153. I just heard about this. HUGE congrats, Shannon!

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  154. CONGRATS!!!!!

    Shannon, that is AWESOME news. I am so happy and excited for you.
    : )

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  155. Ok - I'm a little late (where have I been???) but ~

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    I mean, WOW! That is just awesomely amazing news!! The premise of your book series sounds fabulous!! And if your story is infused with even half the charm you share with us on your blog - it's destined to be a best-seller! :) Congrats, Shannon! So happy for you!

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  156. That's FANTASTIC!!!! So exciting and I can't wait to read the books!!!

    ENJOY!!!

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