Thursday, July 19, 2012

Proof that I have the coolest job EVER!

As if the impossible-to-wrap-my-head-aroud Shelf Awareness ad wasn't proof enough, I have to show you guys THE COOLEST THING EVER.

(No really, it is seriously, honestly, the most incredible thing!)

My first KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES fan art!!!!!

From a 13-year-old reader who wrote the sweetest message along with it (yes, I TOTALLY cried).

ISN'T THIS AMAZING????


I... I don't even know where to start. Not only is this gorgeous (seriously, this is one talented kid--and this is so getting framed and hanging in my office) (it also makes me want a KEEPER manga like whoa--ARE YOU LISTENING, UNIVERSE???) but I know exactly which scene this is and just... to see a reader so inspired by these crazy characters who live in my head is just... well, once again I have no words

I'M A WRITER AND I KEEP RUNNING OUT OF WORDS!!!!

Except that I can say that clearly I have the best job ever. Which was great to be reminded of because the revision on KEEPER 2 is currently kicking my butt. So this is just the motivation I needed to keep slogging through.

And I just want to add a quick thank you to all the others who've taken the time to send me emails about loving KEEPER (of which there has been quite a lot, surprisingly enough). I haven't posted your letters because it just seems... shamelessly self promoting. But I have read and loved each and every one of them and if I haven't replied yet I promise I will. And in the meantime THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Okay... back to revising! (well... after staring at this gorgeousness just a *little* bit longer)

24 comments:

  1. Congrats Shannon! What a reward for all of your good work.

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  2. Absolutely awesome!!! The pic is so well done - can't wait to read the book and find that scene! :)

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  3. I love it! Can't wait to read Keeper!

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  4. That picture is gorgeous! 13? Wow!!

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  5. How nice to know your story was so inspiring to a young artist. And what a lovely response!

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  6. I know it pales (severely) in comparison, but when a Storybird story I wrote made a semi-final to one of their contests and I started getting all of this feedback from actual kid readers...it was like magic. Every one made me smile. So I KINDA know how you must feel. Revel in it!

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  7. OMG wow! That is beautiful!! What an artist!!! Congrats!! Just wait until the letters start to pour in too!

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  8. That fan art is incredible and you do have the coolest job ever!lol I can't wait to read your work!

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  9. That is so cool! I love kid's art, and that's some great anime-inspired drawing there. Way to be an inspiration.

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  10. Congratulations! That's a wonderful work of art.

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  11. That's so exciting! Congratulations!

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  12. Congrats Shannon and how exciting/cute is that!

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  13. I can't think of a nicer compliment. Congratulations!

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  14. What a beautiful picture! That is one talented kid- and the details in the picture are fantastic. I agree with you that it should be framed. I think it is wonderful that you got this in the mail. Shows how much your book moved this 13 year old. Congrats!
    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  15. What a blessing, Shannon! Simply lovely and tear-rending. She really has a bucket-load of talent, too - inspired by *YOU*.

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  16. Aww, SO awesome! Love the fan art! We do have the best jobs ever! :)

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