Monday, January 30, 2012

The Announcement you probably never saw coming...

So... remember that time I kept a BIG secret from you guys for five months???

Well...

I *kinda* did it again...


Messenger’s YA Novels Get Six Figures at S&S
Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency sold North American rights for Shannon Messenger’s debut young adult novel, Let the Sky Fall, and a sequel. The six-figure deal went to Liesa Abrams, executive editor at Simon & Schuster for the Simon Pulse imprint. Let the Sky Fall, slated for March 2013 publication, is about a 17-year-old boy who has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. Though his memory has been erased, he is haunted by dreams of a beautiful, dark-haired girl. Now, years later, he finds out the girl is real: she’s his guardian sylph, an air elemental, who harnesses the power of the wind.

(You can see the complete article HERE)

And from Publisher's Marketplace:
Children's: Young Adult
Shannon Messenger's debut young adult novel LET THE SKY FALL, about a teen who survives a deadly tornado but loses his memory, only to discover that the beautiful girl who haunts his dreams is both real and the key to the mysteries of his past, to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse, in a good deal, for two books, in a pre-empt, for publication beginning in spring 2013, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).
ljrennert@mac.com

And I know a lot of you are probably re-reading those and  thinking... wait--YA? 

Did it say YA???????????

Yes, yes it does--THAT IS NOT A MISTAKE!

Believe it or not, I, Shannon Messenger, am now officially a middle-grade AND a YA Author.

!!!!!!

I know--it's totally unexpected. Believe me, I was just as surprised as you. In fact, I'm probably the most accidental YA author EVER. But ... it's really happening. The book is already written and edited--and I promise I will tell you more about how that all played out in another post, when my head isn't spinning so much.

It's funny. I thought announcing the news would be less emotional this time, since I just did this a few months ago for my middle grade series. But that actually makes it MORE overwhelming.

I am so humbled and stunned that I get to share both of my series with the world--and that I get to work with my incredible editor on both of them. In fact, I get a little teary every time I really let myself think about how amazing that is--and believe me, no one is more grateful, or shocked, than me.

My sincerest thanks go to Laura Rennert for always believing in me and working tirelessly to help get me to this point. HUGE thanks also must go to Liesa Abrams--and Simon & Schuster--for trusting me enough to buy so many of my books. And of course I also have to thank all of you, for your unfailing support and enthusiasm. I'm so honored to have you all along with me for this crazy publishing ride. (Strap yourselves in--the next year is going to be CRAZY!)

And... I'm starting to sound like a lame award show acceptance speech (and I'm getting a bit choked up, typing this) so I'm going to stop here for today. But I'm SO glad the news is FINALLY out there. I've been stuck sitting on the secret since July. (yes, JULY!!!!)

So *phew*--I don't have to keep quiet anymore. Once again I made it through the endless waiting without leaking anything important. It was torture, you guys. TORTURE.

But I did it!

AND NOW NO ONE CAN CLAIM I CAN'T KEEP SECRETS EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!

*collapses*

109 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Shannon! This is soooo amazing! I LOVE the title! :D

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  2. Happyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappy <3

    SO happy that you get to announce. Yet another one of your amazing books that I can't WAIT to see out in the wild!!

    xoxoxo

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  3. CONGRATS! This is so exciting!

    Great premise, great title, and great job keeping the secret until now!

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  4. Shannon, wow, you are amazing...and my hero. So very happy for you. Such great things you've accomplished over the past year.

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  5. OH MY! And yay! And WOW! Keeping that news under wraps must have been so hard...to do AGAIN!

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS!

    (and, VERY impressive secret-keeping!) It sounds like you've been busy wearing out your keyboard :) Can't wait to hear more about how Let The Sky Fall came to be!

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  7. Great news, Shannon! And so inspirational for those of us still in the trenches. Thanks for sharing the news with us!

    BIG HUGS! And pop the champagne!

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  8. Shannon,
    You are such an inspiration. Amazing news and amazing secret-keeping powers. Hey, maybe that could be your super power.

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  9. Shannon, HUGE congrats to you! I know it's been killing you to wait, so enjoy every single moment of this!

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  10. So proud of you and so happy that you can FINALLY talk about it. Love you. Mom

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  11. YAYYY!!!!! Congrats, Shannon! Best news ever!

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  12. Oh, wow! Congratulations!!! Yay! *throws confetti*

    So next week you're announcing your adult novel series, right? *winks* Just kidding.

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  13. Incredible news, you totally deserve it!

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  14. Ahhh, CONGRATUALTIONS!! I did read that a couple of times and go, "Wait...what?!" :) This is ridiculously exciting! SO happy for you! And seriously, I have no idea how you kept that secret for so long. You definitely deserve a cupcake for that! Also, I'm looking forward to hearing the story of how this all played out!! Congrats again!

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  15. To make it even more official, here you go:

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13445306-let-the-sky-fall

    <3 G.C.

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. So Happy for you!! Congratulations~ You've always been so Talented!! Love you, Aunt Julie

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  18. You are YAmazing, Shannon!! Congratulations, this is so well-deserved.

    You are also the undisputed Empress of Secret-Keeping.

    Finally, can you bottle some of your energy and enthusiasm? You's have a sweet side business if you did!!

    Congratulations again!!!

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  19. Im so glad its finally out there - I know you were dying to tell (me too :)

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  20. Congratulations!! This sounds like a fantastic book! This is definitely Champagne worthy!

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  21. holy crap! Girl you've been busy! Congratulations!

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  22. Holy crap, dude! That's amazing! Congratulations!

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  23. Ohhhhhh my god! That's crazy unexpected news!!! But I'm soooo happy for you -- and for myself, because I get to read all of your books :) This is good news for both of us!

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  24. Wow! What a great announcement. I'm very impressed that you kept the secret for so long. Both this new series and the MG series sound great. I look forward to reading them. Congratulations.

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  25. Wow! I don't know what is more incredible, the fact you kept it all a secret or that you have been so busy. I sure you've had your moments and challenges, which again, makes it amazing.

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  26. Awesome! Congrats! Sounds like a must read!

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  27. *goes speechless*
    *applauds*

    HOW DO YOU EVEN KEEP SECRETS LIKE THAT?

    What. An. Epic. Deal.

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  28. Wow wow wow :D Congrats! And triple wow again for keeping it a secret!!!

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  29. Congratulations!! So excited to read BOTH series!!

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  30. Congratulations!! The book sounds totally awesome--I can't wait to see both debut books on the shelves! :D

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  31. HIP-HIP-HOORAY! HIP-HIP-HOORAY!! HIP-HIP-HOOOOOOOORRRAAAYYYYY!!! I'm so happy for you, #1--so, so, so happy!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :-)

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  32. Wow, that is amazing news. It sounds like a great premise, too! All the best!

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  33. YAY!!!!! I am SO EXCITED about this!!!!

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    This book sounds amazing, I can't wait to read it.

    But if you announce another book deal next month I'll start questioning if you're really human.

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  35. Congratulations! You have to be beyond ecstatic!

    Exciting times!

    We have the best job in the world!
    ~ Wendy

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  36. Congratulations! A dream come true. Crazy to think how long an author knows about it all but has to wait for the public to know. Must be an odd experience especially since we are programmed these days for instant gratification. And you still have to wait another year before we can really join in the party. I wonder if it is a bit like knowing the future. You are a year ahead of the rest of us slow pokes. So how does the future look? Sweet?

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  37. Complete and total wow! Congrats!!

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  38. Congrats! The book sounds amazing too! I just added it on my goodreads! :)

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  39. This is so awesome - and I have the coolest cyber friends ever. So happy for you!

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  40. Fabulous news!!! Congrats, you deserve this!

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  41. Congratulations, Shannon. That is wonderful.

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  42. FINALLY!!!!!! You are free!!!

    Girl, you are seriously amazing!

    I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

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  43. Those books sound amazing! Can't wait! Congrats!

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  44. This is a direct violation of MMGM Code 1341 (No MMGM author shall produce a piece of young adult literature.)



    In other news: I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU.

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  45. Next up? YOU TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Congratulations! Again! I want your life! Ha! =)

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  46. I'm SO excited for you! I know this one would sell big. Whoo hoo!

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  47. I don't think my day can get any better after hearing this! Congrats, Shannon!You deserve this so much!!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  48. Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! I can't wait to read the books--that concept is FANTASTIC! I hope you're celebrating with a million cupcakes. :)

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  49. I just started reading your blog the other day, but I wanted to add my congratulations. Very cool!

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  50. Congrats Shannon! So excited for all your great news this year. You deserve it. Can't wait to read both of your books.

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  51. Congrats, that's amazing! So so happy for you!

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  52. There are so many comments it will take you a month to reply.ha

    CONGRATS TO YOU! And I'm not surprised by this 'cause obviously they have seen your awesomeness.

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  53. Wow--that's amazing! Congrats again! You're seriously keeping busy!

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  54. Holy Cow, lady. That is awesome!!! You have been working your BUTT off.

    Congratulations. This is so awesome.

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  55. Oh wow!!! You are just tooooooo amazing!! You GO GIRL!!! Yay!!!! Well done you!! Super duper CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yayayyayyayyayay!!

    Take care
    x

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  56. Thrilled! A real life fairy tale come true!!!! I love this story premise SOOOOOO much!

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  57. THAT IS FREAKIN' FANTASTIC SHANNON!!!! CONGRATS!!!!! I'M SOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! (AS IF YOU COULDN'T TELL BY THE ALL CAPS AND !!!S EVERYWHERE!) I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!!!! (CONFETTI AND VIRTUAL CAKE FOR EVERYONE!)

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  58. You are right...I totally did not see that one coming! Crazy! And totally completely awesome!!!! :) :) :)

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  59. One word: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Okay, one more: CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't wait for everyone to read BOTH (or, um, ALL) your books!

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  60. I am SO SO SO happy for you! I can't wait to read all of your books. :D

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  61. Oh. Wow! That is amazing! Congratulations--it sounds so intriguing!

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  62. This is beyond amazing. You are beyond amazing. Good work!

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  63. CONGRATULATIONS! That's so amazing. :D

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  64. Congratulations, Shannon! I hope you are journaling your adventure. (~`* tosses confetti`~*)

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  65. Congrats Shannon! So excited and happy for you and I can't wait to read the book!

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  66. Holey Cannoli! Congratulations, Shannon!! I'm doing a happy dance for you lady! And for those of us who are lucky enough to know you and be inspired by you!

    Rock on, that rebel

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  67. Is there nothing this woman can't do? I bet the answer is no. Congratulations, Shannon!

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  68. Wow, what an amazing year you've had! Congratulations!

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  69. Oh.
    My.
    GAWD!!!!! I swear I shouted that--scared my doggies, lol!!

    Six figures.....wowsa.

    Congrats you!

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  70. Congratulations, you busy, BUSY girl!
    (Is this the book I dared you to write one summer when I was all about daring people to do stuff?)

    I like to think it is.

    Shelley

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  71. Oh my goodness! What an exciting secret to get to keep. You'll be one BUSY lady in the next year or two. i can't wait to read them.

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  72. Awesome news! Congratulations! The book sounds great. Can't wait to read it.

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  73. FANTASTIC!!! This is so excellent. I'm so happy for you!! :D

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  74. OMG! CONGRATS times like a bajillion!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!
    :)

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  75. Awesome news!!! Congrats!!
    :-) :-) :-)

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  76. Congrats!!!! That's great news. Can't wait to read it. :-)

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  77. Even though I posted on FB I had to come here and say another CONGRATULATIONS, dearest Shannon!!! So happy for you!

    And now we are both MG and YA authors!!! I am so psyched!!!

    And you're amazing for keeping it in for 6 months. Whew!!!

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  78. Reading the description gave me goosebumps. Congratulations! :o)

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  79. Ah, dangit. I was trying SO hard to be number 100. But I really can't wait any longer. CONGRATULATIONS, Shannon! You are blazing a trail through the sky. This (and you) are AWESOME.

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  80. Oh my gosh! How exciting for you. CONGRATS!

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  81. OMGosh!! How did I miss this! You are on a roll, sweetie. Congrats!!!

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  82. Congratulations on such exciting news! And WOW but that must have been a tough secret to keep ;-)

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  83. Happy dance, happy dance! *Throws confetti*! You must be on cloud 9, girl. Congratulations!

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  84. WOW!! How exciting!!!!! So stoked for you!!!!!!!!!

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  85. Holy cow. You are a writing queen. *bows down to you*
    Congratulations on all the success!

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  86. Wow! Sounds like you've been keeping busy! I can't wait to read both of your books!

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  87. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You deserve it, Shannon!

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