May 9, 2013

As Effie might say: big, big, big news!

Ever since I was a little kid scribbling down horror stories about exploding heads (R.L. Stine's influence) and then fantasy stories about magical portals and flying demons (Tolkien's influence) and then bad romance novels with throbbing members SHHH WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THIS (my sisters' influence), I've only ever truly wanted one thing. Okay, wait, two things. The first was to ride a unicorn and fall into a faerie ring and live in a castle and dine with singing furniture (that totally counts as one).

But the second, more relevant thing was to be an author and someday share my writing with the world.

This is the part where I abandon all pretense at dignity b/c OHMIGOD GUYS I'M GOING TO BE PUBLISHED *runs in circles*

I've been waiting since October of last year (!!!) to share this, and now I feel like the Queen of Secret Keeping and don't think I didn't have a stare down with the Apocalypse because that sh*t needed to get in the back of the line (you're welcome).

So, right, this announcement just appeared in Publisher's Weekly:


"Tim Ditlow at Amazon Children's Publishing's Skyscape imprint has acquired a debut fantasy novel by Lori M. Lee called Gates of Thread and Stone. In the story, a teenage girl must keep her ability to manipulate the threads of time a secret, but when her brother goes missing, she risks getting caught up in a revolution in order to save him. Robin Benjamin will edit, for publication in spring 2014. Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media did the two-book deal for world English rights."


LIFE HAS BEEN MADE. My agent is the bestest agent in all the world, and I'm so crazy-excited to be working with Robin and Skyscape.

Even though I've had what feels like ages to come to terms with it, it still feels unreal. I'm terrified and humbled and ecstatic that I'm going to have a REAL BOOK (OMG!) with, like, A COVER and PAGES and they'll even have to put MY NAME on it! (they have to, right?)

I hope you guys will like it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. It's got magic and mind control and family dynamics (no one is surprised) and gargoyles and fighting and romance and lots of other stuff you'll just have to wait and read to find out about :D :D :D

P.S. More details about the road to 'Yes' coming soon.

P.P.S. If you have any questions--about me, publishing, querying, whatever--please ask in the comments, and if I'm able to answer it, I will do so in a following post.


34 comments:

H. E. Griffin said...

CONGRATUFREAKINGLATIONS!!!! Can't wait to read!!!!

H. E. Griffin said...

CONGRATUFREAKINGLATIONS!!!! Can't wait to read!!!!

Christina Farley said...

SOOOOO awesome! Congratulations. Your book sounds rocking awesome and I'm already dying to read it.

Kristin Rae said...

YEEAAAHHHHH!!!! *throws cupcakes*

Kai Strand said...

Congrats, that's fabulous news! Why did you have to wait so long to share?

Francesca Zappia said...

WHOOOO LORI CONGRATULATIONS!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yay! So excited for you! Let's definitely plan an interview next Spring!

Cristina said...

my favorite kind of amazing news! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

tawney13 said...

This is awesome! Hope you will be apart of AZ Author chat when your book comes out! Our club reads an authors book and the skypes with the author to chat!!!!

MarcyKate said...

WOOHOO!! CONGRATULATIONS! So happy for you, and I can't wait to read your book! I hear it's AWESOME! :D

Carolyn Ma said...

HOORAY DFA;JSJFKLASJKAAYAYAYS YAYAYAYAYYAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY I AM SO PROUD OF YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU <3 <3 <3 <3 IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.

ALSO, MASTER OF SECRET KEEPING. YOU ARE DEFINITELY. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

SPRING 2014? ONLY ONE MORE YEAR...HEHEHE

Angela V. Cook said...

This is such FABULOUS NEWS!!! Congrats!! I'm thrilled for you :)

Sana said...

Sounds fantastic. Congrats!

Janet Johnson said...

How in the world did you manage to keep that secret for so long?!!! You are the QUEEN of secret keeping. Congratulations!

prettygeeky.com said...

Congrats my dear! So darn happy for you and so very proud of you! Love you to the moon and beyond!

Anna said...

Since October? How did you DO that?

Have all the congratulations!

A Canadian Girl said...

Congrats!! Looking forward to reading Gates of Thread and Stone!

Miss Cole said...

Exciting! CONGRATULATIONS! :D :D :D

Ruth Lauren Steven said...

WOOO! At last!! :D I can't wait to read it! Congratulations, Lori : )

Dawn Kurtagich said...

Awesome awesome awesome!!! :D *dances*

Pili said...

YAY! Congratulations, I'm super intrigued about time manipulation and gargoyles!!

Rebecca B said...

YAY! So happy you're sharing your news! Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Becky said...

Congratulations! You win a gold star for ALL of the patience. Your reward will be BOOKS and zomg, fans, and then, FANART because obviously your future readers will love you and your characters and everything.

Amparo Ortiz said...

HOLY WOW, LORI!!!!!!! Major, epic CONGRATS!!!! Adding this baby to my TBR pile right now! :D

*dances*

Angelica R. Jackson said...

When someone I've been following for awhile has good news like this to share, I always hear Etta James break into, "Aaat laaaaaast . . ." So happy for you and your book! Congratulations!

Natalie said...

Yay Lori!!! I can't wait to read it!! : ) That in-between wait is so fun and so funny. I found out in August last year, and announced in April. It's the longest long time I've ever had to keep a secret. I almost inadvertently spilled the beans a bunch. I'm glad your word is finally out, because I can't wait to hear more about the story. Congrats again on your happy news!!

Kiki Hamilton said...

YAY YAY YAY!!!! So very happy for you!!! And tell that darling daughter of yours that it will be her turn next (in about 20 years....:-) Hugs to all!

Anita Grace Howard said...

So proud of you!!! Can't wait to read this book!

Bethany Crandell said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!
So excited for you--and this book sounds like a great read!

Congratulations. Now, go drink yourself silly :)

Hafsah - IceyBooks said...

Yay Lori! I am so excited for you - can't wait to get your book in my hands!

Giora said...

Congrats for the great news.

Leila Rheaume said...

YES!!!CONGRATS!!! And that title is beautiful! Can't wait to see cover news and release date news and 2014...why are you so far away 2014?!

Eliza Tilton said...

gtats!!! that's awesome!

jonyangorg said...

Wow, just saw this, congrats! Woohoo!

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