Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Me...being all official-like

Thanks to everyone who commented on my book deal news! I think I had a little too much fun finding all those Firefly gifs to help announce it. So I'm gonna get serious now. Here's the official announcement from Publisher's Marketplace:

If you don't have super-hero vision, here it is in human-sized font:

Ilima Todd's REMAKE, a girl has to choose a name, trade and gender before her seventeenth birthday, but is catapulted by a gruesome shuttle crash into a world where choice takes on an entirely new meaning, to Chris Schoebinger at Shadow Mountain, in a very nice, two-book deal, for publication in summer 2014, by Jennifer Skutelsky and Katherine Boyle at Veritas (World).

And here I am signing my contract:

So it has to be real now, right? I'm not just imagining it? *pinches self*

To celebrate, I'm giving away a $20 Barnes & Noble giftcard. All you have to do is tell me your favorite YA book cover(s) in the comments. I'll randomly select a winner. Easy peasy!

I promised a Storymakers Conference report, but life is CRAZY this week and I won't have time until next week. Apologies.

Until then, lets reread my PM announcement again. ;)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are official!
Crap, a young adult book? Let me think. Ciara Knight's Escapement!

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Congrats again! Such great news. My current favorite YA cover? Incarnate (or Asunder) by Jodi Meadows. So pretty!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Ilima, officially. *Giggles* For fave young adult cover I choose Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger.

Livia Peterson said...

My favorite YA cover is FRACTION OF STONE by Kelley Lynn.

Congratulations, Ilima! I'm so happy for you! I would be willing to help out with your cover reveal and/or blog tour when the time comes. It's happy dance time! (((hugs)))

Can't wait for the Storymaker post! :)

ilima said...

Alex-Ooh, I love that one too. It reminds me of Partials.

Cindy-Yes, those are so pretty.

Sheena-kay-Another great cover. Thanks for the official congrats. ;)

Livia-Yay for Kelley's book. I would love your help with the reveal and tour--you are so sweet!

Jenilyn Collings said...

Congratulations again! I really like the cover of EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton. :)

jaybird said...

YAY still happy dancing over here for you! My fav YA cover? Daughter of Smoke and Bone!! Love the mask, love the story.

Emily said...

So happy for you! And, sad to say, my favorite cover is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I'm not an enormous fan of girls in flowy dresses.

Not that there's WRONG with anyone who does like those books. I mean.. Gah. Whatever.

Suzanne Furness said...

Wow how exciting. Fav YA cover, oh gosh Kelleys' Fraction of Stone is pretty cool.

Cortney Pearson said...

I'd be pinching myself too--this is seriously so awesome!

Pretty book cover, hmm...

Crewel by Gennifer Albin was gorgeous. And the covers of the Luxe novels, with those crazy awesome dresses? LOVE.

ilima said...

Jeni-The covers to the whole series are gorgeouso!

Jaybird-I love the turquoise with the black and white, too.

Emily-Somehow, that cover is so you. :)

Suzanne-Yay, two votes for Kelley's book. :)

Cortney-Ah, yes. I remember all the buzz about the Crewel cover when it came out.

Shallee said...

Yay, Ilima! I really love Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Hope your cover ends up amazing! I'm sure it will. :)

Morgan said...

Oh my gosh... I totally screamed when I saw you on PM today!!!!! You're living the dream!!!!!

Unknown said...

Congrats!!! I can't wait to see the cover of your book. I guess my favorite cover would be too hard to pinpoint. I've loved so many but I'll say Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr.

ilima said...

Shallee-I'm sure it will...I'm not worried. ;)

Morgan-I screamed right along with you, haha.

TC-Yes, that's a great one too.

Kyra Lennon said...

Congrats on your awesome news!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Favorite YA cover? I'll have to say my CP buddies soon to be released, "Sebastian Falls".

Congratulations Ilima!! You go girl!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I'm so happy for you! (And for me, I've wanted to read your book since I first read about it on your blog and now I'm going to get to!)
Favorite YA cover is hard! Can I say mine. ;) The Selection comes to mind, so pretty. :) How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae is awesome as well. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It really is official! It's in print and everything. :) Good for you!

My most recent favorite YA novel AND cover is IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch. One of my favorite YA covers in general is DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor. :)

ilima said...

Kyra-Thank you!

Elizabeth-I just looked it up, and it IS very pretty.

Rachel-Your cover rocks! I love the upside down kiss thing going on. And it's such a great title too.

Madeline-So I just looked up If You Find Me and I think I might have a new favorite. Wowsa.

Leigh Covington said...

EEEK! I totally missed this! So excited for you! Congratulations Ilima! You deserve it!

Mark Means said...

Wow! Congrats!

Awesome news :D

I have little to zero knowledge of the YA genre to even hazard an I won't :)

Emily R. King said...

Huge congrats! :D

Some of my favorite covers right now are The Crown of Embers and Prodigy. So pretty!

Robin said...

Favorite YA covers (and after I've packed up ALL my books already)

The original Forest of Hands and Teeth cover
Still think the Matched Trilogy covers are brilliant
The Selection
Alice in Zombieland

Hex Hall-could be cool to do something like this for Remake-what she looks like in beginning and what she looks like later. (isn't my non-spoilery comment impressive?)

Congrats again. And yes, your book deal is as real as can be.

David P. King said...

A favorite YA book over ... that's a toughy. I'll have to go with The Maze Runner.

And congratulations, Ilima! All your hard work has paid off. :)

Angela Cothran said...

You look super official :)

I like all the stylized ones like Cinder or Wings. I hate the covers that show full on faces because I want to imagine what the characters look like.

klahanie said...

Oh great, I had no idea until I perused through you comments what the heck "YA" meant. Pardon my ignorance :)

Anyway, hearty congrats on your book deal and you look rightly proud signing your contract.


Mark Murata said...

Congratulations. I'll say Levitating Las Vegas, by Jennifer Echols

ilima said...

Leigh-Thanks so much!

Mark-Haha, oh well.

Emily-Those are both gorgeous.

Robin-I had to look up Alice in so beautiful!


Angie-I like people on covers but don't like to see their faces either.

klahanie-Thank you.

Mark-That one is sooo different from anything I've ever seen.

Jennie Bennett said...

Have I mentioned how excited I am for you yet? BTW, that gif is the bomb! My favorite cover, eh? there's so many! Um... I really love Everneath with the red dress and smoke. I also love Shadow and Bone, becasue it fits the story so well (which seems more and more rare these days) and I really like the redone Shatter Me covers. So very creepy awesome!

Donna K. Weaver said...

That's such an awesome picture of you signing your contract. Yeah. So official! And I love that you've got all these little Firefly tidbits to accompany.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

This is filled with so much awesome!!!!!!! *BIG HUGS* *LOTS OF CONFETTI* *HUGE CONGRATS!*

Johanna Garth said...

That is such exciting news and your book sounds so cool!! Let's see, I really liked Divergent.

Kelley Lynn said...

Oh my gosh! Two people chose my cover!!! I am seriously at a loss for words. Wow. haha

I am SO excited for you Ilima. That book is frickin' amazing and Shadow Mountain is clapping like crazy because they got you :)

And favorite cover... I really like Cassie Mae's HOW TO DATE A NERD. But from a person I don't know ;) I love the Divergent Series covers.

Congrats again lady!

ilima said...

Jennie-I have an old Shatter Me and a new Unravel Me. So much for matching.

Donna-Thank you!

Michelle-Haha, thanks.

Johanna-Yes, that cover rocks.

Kelley-I know, check you out. You're famous! :)

Tammy Theriault said... fav cover is the one your husband did for the fake cover! that one has always been a fav.

and that sadie's thing by annalisa. but your husband blew it out the park!!

Tammy Theriault said... finger said "l" to many times...ILIMA!! GRRR...

Precy Larkins said...

Ahhh! CONGRATS! I only met you brefly during Storymakers. Glad to find your blog. ;)

Tonja Drecker said...

I didn't comment on here yet? Seriously? Gosh I've lost touch lately! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You SO deserve this :) I'll dance several happy dances to make up for my tardiness - and they're fun to do!