Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What REALLY went on during the last five months!

So... what do you do when you've gotten THE BIGGEST NEWS OF YOUR CAREER and you CAN'T TELL EVERYONE?????

You... take a lot of pictures to commemorate every tiny milestone so you can share them all when you're FINALLY allowed to spill.

So here's what REALLY went on during the last five months:

It all started with an EPIC series of phone calls:

Lots of exciting, surreal, life-changing conversations that finally led to an email from Liesa Abrams that started with this:

Laura just passed along your email address and I'm SO excited to write to you officially as your editor now. Woohoo!!!!!

Yeah... I totally cried. Good tears of course. But yeah...

Then came the inevitable question (from the *few* people I was allowed to tell):

What are you going to do to celebrate??????

To which I--of COURSE--went all Superbowl Champion and was like: 

I'm going to Disneyland!!!!!!

Where I suddenly realized: OMG my publisher is ALADDIN and THERE IS ALADDIN STUFF EVERYWHERE (different Aladdin--but still!). So of COURE I took a ton of nerdy pictures:

And even bought some nerdy souvenirs for my desk:
(Yes, I now buy pretty much anything Aladdin/genie lamp related)
(my husband has decided to find it cute)

There were also presents from my amazingly supportive CPs:

Sara 1

And Sarah 2
(this shirt won't make a whole lot of sense to any of you yet, but someday it will...) 

And then... the WAITING started.

And I waited.

And waited.


Sometimes I entertained myself with vague tweets between me and my friend Natalie Whipple with a secret hashtag only we knew (Natalie was ALSO sitting on secret book news):

Pretty sure everyone thought we were super weird. But we thought it was pretty entertaining.

And then, I didn't have time to play around anymore because THESE arrived:


Yeah... I got a bit emotional getting a package from Simon & Schuster with MY book inside.
(and um... pay no attention to the title on there--that's the old rejected title, not the new shiny)

It was SO HARD not to tell you guys what I had going on--especially since I had deadlines and stuff that sometimes prevented me from blogging. But I powered through.

And while I was in the middle of the revision, I went to ALA, where I of COURSE spent way too much time at the S&S Booth. 

This is me with the lovely Venessa, who was nice enough to get me invited to the S&S Party one of the evenings:

(me with Jo Whittemore, Elana Johnson, and Editor Anica Rissi)

It was VERY surreal to be introduced to S&S people as: "one of our new authors."

Alas, my editor wasn't there. But I wasn't TOO brokenhearted about it because I'd found out she was going to be at SCBWI LA, so I knew I would get to meet her there.

Before I did that though, I finished up my revision, sent it off, and then went to Comic Con, where once again I spent WAY too much time at the S&S booth:

(This is me with the awesome Anna and Carolyn)

And spent quite a lot of time looking for the perfect Batman thank-you gift, because Liesa has a *slight* Batman obsession. 

I also met Brandon Mull, part of the amazing Liesa Abrams family, and he was awesome enough to sign THIS in my copy of BEYONDERS: A WORLD WITHOUT HEROES: 

Yeah... that was pretty much the coolest thing ever. And should give you some idea of how amazing Liesa is to work with.

Then finally, FINALLY it was time for SCBWI LA, where I got to meet Liesa myself (I *may* have attacked her pretty much the second she stepped through the hotel doors--poor thing). 

And she was sweet and generous enough to take me out to dinner with a few other S&S authors:

(that's me with Alan Silberburg, Hillary Homzie, Jo Whittemore, and James Riley)

(Liesa is NOT pictured because she hates having her picture taken even more than I do--something I didn't know was possible. So instead she was the one taking the picture of all of us.)

I'll tell you more about meeting Liesa another time, because this post is already reaching epic lengths. And we'll fast forward through another two months of waiting, and title changes, and more waiting, until we finally get to THIS:

The day I finally signed my contract with S&S!!!!!

They are now OFFICIALLY AND LEGALLY STUCK WITH ME (I *may* have used that  phrase when I emailed Liesa and Laura to let them know the signed contracts were on their way. Good thing they're used to me.)

That's when I finally got the "we're ready to announce" email from Laura and a few days after that the news hit PW. And you guys know the rest BECAUSE I HAVE NOT STOPPED TALKING ABOUT IT SINCE!!!

Don't worry, I *promise* I will stop talking your ears off about all of this soon. Just... give me a few more days. I have FIVE MONTHS of pent-up enthusiasm to release. 

Plus, I still have a few things to do--like an epic contest to launch (yay!) and a deal I made with you guys a loooooooong time ago to fulfill (ugh!). So keep an eye out for all of that. Trust me, you won't want to miss it. Major Epicness in Store!


  1. Five months is a really long time to wait! Congrats!

  2. Thanks for sharing all this now that you can. And don't feel bad about constantly talking about it for awhile. It's your special time and we all want to share in the excitement with you.

  3. I can't believe you had to sit on the news for five months. Yep, you really have to have patience in the publishing industry. :)

  4. You are amazing. I don't know if I could have kept that secret for FIVE WHOLE MONTHS! Eek! I love the pictures! :) :) :)

  5. Hi Shannon, I'm a bit of a lurker at your site, but I had to come out of the shadows to say Congrats!!! It is so exciting to see your hard work has paid off, and it makes the rest of us who are still dreaming of the day a little more hopeful! *hugs*

  6. YAY! CONGRATS! That is so cool! I'm really happy for you :D Can't wait to read all the reviews for your book. I bet they will be awesome!

  7. If you were anymore adorable you'd burst.

    And five months? It's really been years in the making, although, okay, five months since you KNEW. But still. I'm just hoping I can manage some modicum of success in three years.

    Er, wait. I think it may already be too late for that. I can't remember.

  8. It'd be very hard to wait five months to tell everyone. Necessary perhaps, but hard. Good thing for code words. :)

  9. The shot of your phone calls is pure awesome :D

  10. I love the victory smile while signing the contract. Great feeling.

  11. This is such awesome news. You deserve the best!

  12. I loved your picture diary, especially the shot of the edits when they arrived! Enjoy this time, you deserve it! :)

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your story so we can all vicariously enjoy your wonderful success!

  14. Still doing my happy dance for you (phew!! but it's all good!!!) Yay!!!! Take care

  15. Well, I'm glad you took lots of pic to keep track of it all. Congrats agin!

  16. I can't believe you had to wait 5 months to tell. That's insane. I would have exploded.

  17. LOL, I love your contract signing lipstick.

    And I think the Aladdin obsession is adorable. Good thing you stayed busy for those five months, huh? ;)

  18. That's amazing that you held it in for that long. I would have been bursting. Congratulations.

  19. Five months? I'm pretty sure I would have exploded in a cloud of excited sparkles and brimstone.

  20. What an outstanding story. Sorry you had to sit on it so long. I think that gives you gush credit, which you can apply for at least five months.

  21. Wow, wow, wow! Thank you for sharing the details with us, #1--and don't worry, because we want to hear EVERYTHING! Talk away . . .

    LOVE all the pictures! :-)

  22. That was a long, long wait, so you squee all you want! :D I also highly approve of your Disneyland trip as celebration. Awesomesauce!

    Congrats again!!!

  23. Aw, sounds like you have such an awesome editor! And I love that you took pics with all of the Aladdin stuff--perfect way to reward yourself!

  24. Congratulations! I look forward to finding out more about your book. I'm always on the look out for MG titles.

  25. Awesome! I love knowing these details, even if they are belated. Seems you amused yourself in between while you were waiting, and how cool is a trip to Disneyland! I'm so happy for you!!!

  26. Love all the pics. Love that I got to be a small part in your celebration <3

    I know you've heard this a million times (from me alone!) but I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I hope you're reveling in this week and enjoying all the happy thoughts and cheers from everyone who loves you!!

  27. Don't stop talking!! We want to hear it all - over and over. And why do you hate having your picture taken? I know we've been over this before and I get that you weed the bad ones out, but look at how many GOOD pictures you take! You're very photogenic. And I love that you have a picture signing your contract!

  28. I'm so happy for you, Shannon. I admire your ability to keep this under wraps for so long!

  29. I love this post! I counted about a hundred and one awesome things!

  30. Congratulations! And hooray for you now that you get to share!

  31. So many wonderful pictures! I am grinning. Happy, happy, happy.

  32. I seriously think my brain would have imploded if I'd had to sit on that kind of news! I'm like a stellar secret keeper (but a horrible liar) and I totally would have told my secret to the crazy homeless dude who rides my train and screams out about Spiderman just so I could say I told SOMEONE. Still super happy for you BTW :)

  33. Ah, I love it! :) I remember seeing the #codeword and wondering what was going on... So happy for you! :)

  34. THAT IS AWESOME. I am sure I would have had some sort of brain bleed after the second month.

    Did you just happen to be all dressed up and looking that great when you received those contracts or was that on purpose because you were taking a picture of it? lol

    Does getting a book deal mean I have to give up boxers and torn sweat pants???

  35. Felicidades! Wishing you the very BEST! :D


  36. I am so glad you recorded all this and then shared. I have a goofy smile on just looking at the photos and reading your comments. And, by the way, that lipstick color is perfect on you. Go, Shannon!

  37. It's so cool to see what happens behind the scenes with authors - yay you're totally one now - before their books are put on the shelves.

  38. So, here I am in Starbucks reading this. Got to the last pic of you signing your contract I totally started to cry, lol. So _happy_ for you. Thanks for sharing the journey!

  39. You are a great person to live vicariously through.

    How on earth did you and your CPs (and a few trusted others) manage to keep your mouths shut for FIVE WHOLE MONTHS!!??

    So looking forward to tomorrow's performance ;))