Friday, May 10, 2013

My Book Deal News...brought to you Firefly style

Once upon a time, I decided to write a book. I had no idea how much fun creating my own world and characters would be.

 

It was so much fun that I wrote another book. And then another. When I wrote my fourth book, I thought it was pretty shiny.


So I dangled my book in front of the sharks a.k.a. literary agents. And after a little bit of this...



And thoughts about sending them all here...


I found an agent who thought it was as shiny as I did.


We did a happy dance together and went on submission to see if any editors thought it was shiny too.


Turns out they did. We had an offer!


But then we entered the negotiation game, which left me doing a whole lot of this...


 And this...


And even this...


But at the end of it all, it was worth it, because I was completely overwhelmed by the news.


So, drum roll please...I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a two-book deal with Shadow Mountain for my YA science fiction novel, REMAKE. A HUGE thank you to my family, CP's, writer friends, blog readers, agent and publisher. Because of you, this girl is feeling a whole lot like this today...


*all animated gifs courtesy of giphy.com

36 comments:

Tracey Joseph said...

Woot! Congratulations. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations!!! Two books - that is awesome.
And I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with Firefly.

Robin said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!

I couldn't be happier than I am right now watching one of my all-time favorite shows announce and SHOW what it feels like to have a BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!!

I've refreshed multiple times this morning waiting for this post to come up. So glad to publicly shout your freaking-awesome news. Ilima K Todd, kick butt YA author. You're going to blow the world away and I can't wait to watch all the wonderful unfold.

<3<3<3

T. Drecker said...

Yippee! Yippee! Yippee! I'm just going to bounce around for awhile and scream that ;)
And thanks for using Firefly. Perfect!

Cristina said...

Congratulations!!!! this is amazing. so happy for you <3

Emily said...

My excitement is two-fold. First, that you got an amazing book deal. And B, that you used Firefly to introduce us to said amazing book deal.

Yay!!

Marshall Madness said...

Holy cow! That is amazing! I am not surprised AT ALL! I can't wait to hold your book in my hands! This is just incredible!

David P. King said...

Sweet glory corn dogs! That is terrific news! Congradulations, Ilima! :D

Laura said...

Congratulations! I love the Firefly explanation, awesome :)

jaybird said...

Best. Post. Ever!!!!

I am so stinking excited and happy for you Ilima- I'm doing some mad fist pumping (Jersey Style) over here!!

You know I'm already a huge fan. Can't wait to see your work in print. You can sign me up right now to buy the first copy. xo

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

So wonderful! I am happy for you and I hope you have a great experience with them :)

Good to see you yesterday!

Haneen I. Adam said...

WOW! Sooooo Happy for You, two book deal! that's just totally awesome :D and what a fabulous way to celebrate with Firefly style :)

Suzanne Furness said...

WOOHOO congratulations that's brilliant!

Suzanne Furness said...

WOOHOO congratulations that's brilliant!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congratulations!! *Virtual confetti* I'm so happy for you, can't wait for your book to hit the shelves.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations! That's great news!

Victoria Smith said...

Congratz!!!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Such awesome news! Congratulations!

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Congratulations! Shadow Mountain is an outstanding press :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

FIrelfy is a great way to announce your news. I'm SO excited for you!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

OH, this just made me SMILE!!!!!! So excited for you, Ilima!!!! <3 <3

Jenilyn Collings said...

Hooray! Congratulations, Ilima! That's wonderful news. :-)

Tammy Theriault said...

Like I told you before...AHHHHHHHHH! THIS IS AWESOME!! Proud moment, Illima!

Tammy Theriault said...

Like I told you before...AHHHHHHHHH! THIS IS AWESOME!! Proud moment, Illima!

Deana said...

Holy smokes, girl! I just new that a year ago when we did primer together, that you had something special! I can't wait to buy the book!!! Woohoo:) I'm also totally in love with arcs...:)
A million congrats!!!!

Suzi said...

Wow! Congratulations. I'm so excited for you. Two books too. That's awesome.

Morgan said...

I'm seriously soooooo happy for you, Ilima!!! And I loved meeting you on Saturday--you're so beautiful! !!!!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good for you! Congratulations! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

What an awesome way to announce this! So proud of you girl!!

ali cross said...

The news is awesome. But, dude. The WAY you announced it? Best. Announcement. Ever.

Rock on ilima! And CONGRATULATIONS!!

Nick Wilford said...

CONGRATS!! And what an entertaining way to tell the story! :)

Emily R. King said...

I know I hugged you, but... YAHOO! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Shiny! Let's be bad guys. :D

I mean, congratulations!

Gina Gao said...

I'm so happy for you! Congrats.

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Jenny S. Morris said...

I'm late to this post, but I love how you told your story. You know I am so happy for you, and even though I haven't read your book yet, I knew this would happen. You're so talented and just amazing.

Congrats!!!!

Melodie Wright said...

Ilima! MANY congratulations!! I stopped by to tell you thanks for being such a faithful commenter on my blog's Friday Funnies and found your gorgeous NEW blog design AND this news.(I have no time to respond during the busy school year. But it's summer now. :)
Happy, happy day!!! *dances for you* Can't wait for your pub date.