So...This Happened.


Who has two thumbs and a book deal? THIS GIRL! (Totally tried to get the Pea to pose for a picture with his thumbs up, but he was having none of it.)

In case you can't read it, it says:
 Karen Akins's LOOP, in which a time traveler accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he's already in love with her future self and is keeping his own set of secrets, pitched as HEIST SOCIETY meets BACK TO THE FUTURE, to Terra Layton at St. Martin's, in a two-book deal, by Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider (world).

If you want the long story of how I wrote said story, you can go here.

To be honest, this has all happened so fast that it's still setting in. I'll be sitting at my computer working one minute and then all of a sudden, I'll scream, "I'm going to have a book! With a cover!" And then I'll go back to typing. It's a good thing the Pea is the only one listening.

Wait just a second. Outburst coming...ST. MARTIN'S PRESS! I AM FLAILING AROUND LIKE A MUPPET!!

And don't get me started on my editor. Squee!!! My editor. Terra is ah-mazing! When we chatted on the phone, I felt like I couldn't string two coherent thoughts together, but somehow I didn't scare her away. And she even talked me into watching my first episode of Dr. Who (okay, I may not have stopped at one). Yes, I realize that it's ridiculous that I haven't seen it before now. Good gravy, I am in such excellent hands. And my story's in excellent hands. The whole team there.  ST. MARTIN'S!! MORE FLAILING!!

Oh, and this is so cool...Terra actually peeked in on the Baker's Dozen Auction (where I initially connected with Victoria) and she jotted down LOOP as one of the projects that she thought sounded great. She found the post-it note yesterday afternoon. Ha! It was meant to be.

I am. Just. So. Thankful. 

Okay, one final picture of a kitten riding a unicorn, and then I'm done.


34 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Big congrats. LOOP sounds amazing. Can't wait for the cover reveal. Squee!

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  2. absolutely no words!!!! Congrats!!

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  3. Congratulations, I remember your entry from Baker's Dozen. Yay success story!

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  4. Karen!!!! Totally happy dancing for you! So exciting! I knew it would happen for you. LOOP is awesome! Congratulations! Can't wait to read the published version. :D

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  5. Congratulations! Your book sounds awesome!!

    Shelley

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  6. Karen, I'm doing a happy dance for you, too! Because I'm not a literary type, I probably don't really understand the full impact of this. However, I know you've worked very hard for this ,and it is much deserved. Congratulations!

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  7. Thanks, you guys! It's a couple days of Muppet flailing then back to work. :)

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  8. Woo hoo! Congrats! Can't wait to read it!!

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  9. Congratulations, Karen. I also remember LOOP from the Baker's Dozen, so when I read today's PM announcement I yelled "yippee" and "Wow!" Good luck on the rest of your journey, with Muppet flailing abounding.

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  10. Tearing up for you!!! Congratulations. I can't wait to read Bree's story again!

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  11. Fantastic news, Karen!! Celebrate with some cupcakes and Dr. Who!

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  12. Woo hoo!!! Congratulations and so totally deserved. Can't wait to see Bree in a real live book!

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  13. So happy for you!!! Congratulations and a million tap-dancing kittens to you! :)

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  14. Hurray! I'm so excited to read this one! :o)

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  15. YAY! Huge congrats, woman! I'm SO happy for you!

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  16. WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! Karen, that is fantastic! I can't wait to read your story! I remember being so intrigued by it at Big Sur! Congrats!!! :D

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  17. Yaaaaay, Karen!! Hurrah, hurrah! I'm so happy for you, and can't wait to see LOOP in print!!

    Any idea of a release date yet? Are you going to be a 2014er, like me?

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you!

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  19. Ahhhh! Such great news!!! CONGRATS!!!! Can't wait to read it ;o)

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  20. aaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woo hooo you smarty pants writer girl!!! so proud of you!! :)))

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  21. Karen! I'm so happy for you! It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Congrats!

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  22. Congratulations! Your book sounds amazing...can't wait to read! :D :D

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  23. Congratulations, Karen! I saw the summary for your deal through a deals listing, and thought: "Hey, that sounds totally cool!" And then your name hit me.

    This is really, really awesome. Can't wait until the release to read this!

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  24. Congrats Karen!! Can't wait till the release so I can get me a copy!!

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  25. OMG, that is so amazing! I am thrilled for and can't wait to read your book. It sounds awesome! And love the flailing! :)

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  26. OMG, that is so amazing! I am thrilled for and can't wait to read your book. It sounds awesome! And love the flailing! :)

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  27. Congrats!!! I saw the deal on PM and thought how awesome it sounded.

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  28. YAY YAY YAY YAY!!! SO pumped for you!!! Man that happened SO fast!! Can't wait to read!! :)

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  29. Hooray, Karen! What awesome news! Great job!

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  30. I think I missed this!!! A belated congratulations, friend.

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