Friday, August 14, 2009

For Reals, Guys?

Sometimes things work out.

Many of you know that I'm coming off of one of the worst years of my life. Scratch that. THE worst year of my life. I mean, hello, almost died. Things happened that varied from disappointing to devastating. It kinda sucked. Of course there were bright spots--my family, signing with my fabulous agent--but overall it was very, very frustrating.

Let me tell you a story. When I was just about to graduate from high school I had everything planned. My best friend and I were going to the same school and registered to live together, like we had planned since we were ten. It was going to be perfect. And then my dad forgot to pay the deposit. I couldn't believe it. All of our plans, all of my dreams--what on earth was I going to do? Luckily another good friend needed housing, so we found a crappy apartment off-campus, liked it for some reason, and moved in at the end of the summer.

I met Hot Stuff my first week there.

I don't want to get all philosophical on you, but sometimes bad things work out in the best possible way. If I hadn't lost my pregnancy, I wouldn't have written two extra books. If Flash had sold, I wouldn't have learned and grown and become a far better writer and self-editor.

And if I hadn't buckled down and made Paranormalcy the best possible book, Michelle wouldn't have gotten me a three book deal with HarperTeen.

Wait, what was that?

HOLY FREAKING CRAP A THREE BOOK DEAL WITH HARPERTEEN.

Laptop here. Kiersten just swooned and is lying in an inert heap on the kitchen floor. Let me take this time to congratulate her and hope that she gets a new laptop so I can retire. I'm tired.

Whew. Okay. I'm totally going to bring swooning back into style. I won't go into all of the glorious, gory details, but we had a lot of interest and were ready to go to auction when HarperTeen swooped in with a pre-empt. And I was so, SO glad. Because as wonderful as the other publishers were (and really, any of them would have been great), HarperTeen was the one I had always hoped would want me. I love their list, their books are so fun and pretty and well-edited, and they really support their authors. And my editor (MY EDITOR) Erica Sussman is FABULOUS. She's funny and charming and brilliant and I can't believe she loves me as much as I love her. (As evidence of her awesomeness, during our first ever phone conversation today Dojo was being Dojo, and eating my toes. I explained it to Erica and she said, "Well, as long as he leaves your fingers and your brain, because we want those." Ha!) I am so excited to work with everyone at HarperTeen, and really, I mean

HARPERTEEN!!! ERICA SUSSMAN!!!

Things worked out in the absolute best of all best possible ways, and I'm still spinning. And randomly breaking into uncontrollable fits of laughter. I can't quite believe that this dream I've had since I was a very little girl is actually going to be a reality.

You guys, I'm going to be an author. And it's amazing.

I would be remiss if I didn't offer profuse thanks and praise to my agent, Michelle Wolfson.

She's incredible. That's all there is to it. I don't know what else to say here, otherwise I'll just start gushing about how much I love her and what an incredible, savvy, hard-working, loyal, genius agent she is, and then I'll probably swoon again and

She swooned again. Weirdo.

Sorry. Anyway. And now the other people I need to thank: Hot Stuff, especially, for making me start writing and supporting me even when I got all crazy obsessive. My parents, who always bought me books even though I read them too fast. My kids, who keep me from writing but are awfully cute. Natalie (my ultimate cheerleader), Stephanie (who taught me to really edit), Renee (who gave me excellent pacing advice), and Carrie (who is a ninja), for being my readers. Janey, Ashley, Megan, Kristen, Fara, and my siblings (Erin, Lindsey, Lauren, and Matt) for being such enthusiastic and encouraging test subjects. And of course everyone who supports my ridiculousness by reading this blog and commenting and being my friends!

So. Let's sum up: Paranormalcy. Three books. HarperTeen. And that popping sound you hear? That would be my brain exploding from joy.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to move out of the kitchen so that I won't sustain a head injury from my continued swooning.

Swooning: Our family's new favorite activity

117 comments:

Natalie said...

Swoon away, friend. I'm over the moon happy for you, but you already know all that:)

I think I'll go practice my swooning for when we get together and celebrate.

Peggy said...

HO-LY COW! That is so awesome! I am so happy for you! I let out a screaming gasp when I read your post and my kids all came running to see what was wrong. :) That is seriously very, very cool. Congrats!

Cara said...

Congrats!

DebraLSchubert said...

Kiersten, I honestly can't tell you how happy I am for you. You are a funny, talented, dedicated writer and you deserve all that is coming your way. Doing a happy dance here in Philly for you (east coast happy dances are way cooler than west coast, fyi). Seriously, hugs times a million and enjoy every bit of this exciting time in your life!!!

(Laptop: You and I know she couldn't have done it without you, but she always gets the credit, doesn't she? Don't worry. I know you'll get even.)

kristycolley said...

Congrats! Start practicing your signature, authoress!

Marsha Sigman said...

OMG!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you! I would swoon but I'm at day job and would create all kinds of chaos...on second thought..why not.

(drops to floor)

Sara B said...

I'm so happy for you!!! You've worked so hard and you SO deserve this! Enjoy every second of it.

You've inspired me to stop procrastinating and get back to my edits. Off I go.

Patti said...

That's totally awesome, congratulations and all it took as a lot of hard work.

Kiersten said...

Natalie--We can have a swoon fest!

Peggy--Thank you so much : ) I frequently freak my kids out, too, by laughing too much at things I read online.

Cara--Thanks!

Debra--I had no idea East Coast happy dances were cooler! It makes sense though, I suppose, since I'm on the West Coast and my happy dances are so ridiculous they probably knock the whole place down several notches.

Kristy--I actually prefer Authoratrix. Just kidding. Thanks!

Marsha--The good thing about swooning on the job is that if you get hurt, worker's comp!

Sara B--Thanks! And yes, back to editing, you!

Madeline said...

WOW that is so amazing, congrats!

Just imagine... your book, no your BOOKS... on shelves. Shelves that hold other books. With people looking at them. And picking up your books...

*swoon*

Kiersten said...

Patti--Thanks!

Madeline--Here, let me *swoon* with you!! Seriously, that idea is just so freaking amazing.

DJ FOX said...

CONGRATS! I knew Paranormalcy would sell! And I didn't even read it! Such a great idea, and from your blog, I can tell you can write!

Funny how things work out, right? But when you're published and interviewed, you've got a great "Path to Publication" story to tell. Lots of authors have them!

CONGRATS! HIP HIP! HOORAY!

candicekennington said...

That is really, really, really, really cool! I am seriously thrilled for you! And I can't wait to run out to the book store and buy your shiny new book!

Kayleigh said...

I've broken my blog fast and am now commenting on a blog for the first time in months (mostly I've just been lazy, but we'll call it a blog fast). BAAAHHHHH!!!!! I think I swooned a little, too. I'm SO EXCITED FOR YOU! And I'm stoked to read these books.

Tawna Fenske said...

SUPER HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so thrilled for you (and excited for our fabulous agent as well, since this is a great accomplishment for her, too!)

So have you picked your new hair color? :)

Tawna

writtenwyrdd said...

Woot! I am so happy for you, Kiersten. You have worked hard for this day.

H-Duck said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

H-Duck said...

Grr. I'm trying to send you an congratulatory email, but my email isn't working. Grr. So in short.

HAPPY DAY FOR YOU!!!!!!

Carrie Harris said...

I'm dancing! I'm dancing! I look like an idiot, but I don't care! Just that happy for you.

It's soooooo deserved. Free B-NAG all around!

Sarah Laurenson said...

Awesome!!

You already were an author, now you're getting actual money for it.

And when you're ready for your blog tour, my blog is yours for a day.

cindy said...

omg i'm swoony! i'm so thrilled for you kiersten!!!!!!! couldn't be MORE thrilled. feels like *i* got the book deal. hahahahhaa!

YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYYA!!!!!

grinning so big! i never doubted it, k!

Lauren Emily said...

:):):):):):):) That's all I can do.

carolinestarr said...

Congrats! This is incredibly exciting.

Kim said...

I wanted to add my congratulations to a job well done. I loved being one of your readers and I'm just a little sad that I didn't get to read this one too! I will wait patiently and with great anticipation! I'm so so happy for you, your family, and your agent!

What an exciting time for you!!!

I LOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! too!!!!!!!!

~Jamie said...

I am just so excited for you!!! I am so glad girl... and when you're mcfamous... I am going to nod my head at your giant life sized poster in the bookstore and say yeah... that chick helped me make my query awesomesauce.

CONGRATS!!!!!

Anne Elodea said...

Congrats, and best of luck on the rest of the journey! This is only the beginning now, isn't it? haha :)

Little Brother said...

That's right, you made a deal with the publishing gods. Pink strip, sister. That's what you said.

Also, consider this a congratulatory note. I believe my excruciatingly un-manly screaming on the phone was sufficient to excuse me from gushing here.

Just kidding.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiersten said...

Gosh, I've gotten so behind. So I'm just going to say THANK YOU! I am SO excited and you are all so wonderful for being excited with me!

Tawna, yes, Michelle ROCKS. And no, I haven't forgotten about the hair thing...I have an appointment on Saturday : )

Also, Little Brother, your unmanly squealing was absolutely touching.

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! That's uber-fabulous!

Whirlochre said...

Living proof that awesome things happen to awesome people.

Congratulations!

So — what colour are you dying your hair, and when?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Kiersten said...

Saturday. Pink or purple, if my stylist has it...I actually made the appointment for a haircut before this wonderful avalanche descended. So hopefully I can actually do it this Saturday; if not, soon.

Marybeth Poppins said...

A big fat congrats!!! You super rock!!!

Anna Claire said...

Woot woot, that is awesome news! Congrats, you deserve it!

JaneyV said...

This is just the most thrilling event of the YEAR! I am so psyched for you. Paranormalcy is amazing and I cannot wait to get that hard covered first edition in my greedy little mitts.

In fact I am so excited about it I have made up my mind that I will have to get it signed by you in person.

I'll put a big sticker on my shirt so you can tell me apart from the thousands of others who'll be lining up.

This is so exciting I may swoon myself. You know I think the word swoon is in my list of favourites!

CONGRATULATIONS KIERSTEN!! Super-duper news for a fantastic writer!

Megs said...

"ZIP-A-DEE DOO DA, ZIP-A-DEE AY, MY OH MY WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY..."

Yes, that's me singing; I just haven't stopped since I found out. (Don't worry, I swooned too). :) :) :) :) :)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

blogless troll said...

Congrats!

Stephanie Perkins said...

There really, truly aren't words strong enough to express my happiness. I KNEW you could do it. Paranormalcy is incredible, and I'm thankful the entire world is going to know it.

Congratulations, a hundred million times.

I love you. And I am PROUD of you.

Anthony said...

Geeze in meetings all day and I miss this.

Congratulations!

!!!

!!!!


!!!!!!!

(happy dance)

christicorbett said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SERIOUSLY...CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was just reading along and all of a sudden I hit the words in bold and a huge smile crossed my face.
Great to see your hard work paid off.
Christi Corbett

beth said...

YAY YAY YAY for you! Congrats so much!

storyqueen said...

Let me be the 42nd person to offer my congratulations!! WOW! HAPPY DANCE!

Quite an exciting week for you!

Shelley

Monnik said...

Oh my gosh!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I have goosebumps for you!

Very, very cool. You totally deserve it!

Valerie Geary said...

Congratulations!! You're living the dream!!

sylvia said...

CONGRATULATIONS!I just saw via Facebook and came running over to read the detail.

WOW! WONDERFUL! So so so VERY happy that the publishing world finally saw sense.

OK, now I have to practice namedropping ("Have I told you about my friend Kiersten the Author?") and I think I probably need a new caps lock key too.

HURRAY!

Lady Glamis said...

*hands over DP* Drink up! You deserve this! CONGRATS. :D

Kathleen O'Keeffe said...

Congratulations!

OMG! A three book deal with HarperTeen- I don't know how you managed to sit down long enough to type this up with all that swooning.

Stephanie Faris said...

Congratulations!!! That's awesome ...and inspiring for those of us still trying.

Merc said...

That is SO FANTASTIC! :D UBER CONGRATS! *parties* :D :D

Never Settle said...

Everyone in my house thinks I'm crazy because as soon as I read that you got a THREE BOOK DEAL!!! FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I squealed and started clapping. I always tell people that you're one of the funniest people I've never met. :) I'm bubbling over with joy for you! Congratulations, Kiersten! You TOTALLY rock!

Jordan McCollum said...

Congratulations, twinner! (Or should I just say 'winner'?) Way to go, and congrats on THREE sales!!

CKHB said...

Super-swoonerific-congrats to you! Boy, I hope my rotten year turns around like yours did!

Michelle Wolfson said...

Hi Kiersten and friends, it's Michelle Wolfson, Kiersten's agent. Although now that's obvious since google made me sign in and then totally erased my post. But it's a sign of my devotion to you, Kiersten, that I'm retyping, although who knows what I wrote.

But the gist was--CONGRATULATIONS!! or really that I'm thrilled for you too and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person. And everyone should know that when Kiersten says there was a lot of interest in Paranormalcy, she means a LOT, which basically just means it's going to FLY off the shelves. But of course we expected nothing less.

Enjoy this time Kiersten. You've worked hard for it and you deserve it. I'm so happy for you!

Kiersten said...

Michelle, it just ate my return comment, so apparently Blogger has it in for both of us! The gist of my comment was this: BEST. AGENT. EVER. Which should be obvious by the way you are surrounded by sparkles in that picture. But really, I love love love you!

And everyone else, thank you so much for your kind words and for celebrating with me!

sraasch said...

*inaudible squealing*

!!!!

That's all I have to say. That, and CONGRATULATIONS, because it can never be said enough!!

One more time:

!!!!

Maprilynne said...

Congrats!!!! Erica is WONDERFUL!!! Absolutely fantastic!!! And Harper is the best and three books is one better than two and well, all that good stuff!!!!!

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Aprilynne!! I just said this to your hubby on facebook, but watching how great they were with Wings was part of what made me want to go with them so bad! I'm so happy we're going to be house sisters : ) : )

Maprilynne said...

They have been great! And Erica is my "co-editor" of sorts, and seriously, She is wonderful and amazing. Please, please feel free to email me any time if you have questions! I am so happy for you!!!!

Jenna said...

This news warrants copious amounts of caps and exclamation points!

OH MY GOSH, THAT'S FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D

Kiersten said...

Aprilynne, you are so sweet! Thank you! I'm sure I will take you up on that soon : )

And Jenna, thanks!!

Cathy said...

Congratz!!

I'm a long time lurker om your blog but this made me come out of hiding. Truly, congratulations. Enjoy!

I am so very happy for you.

/Cathy (from Denmark)

Kiersten said...

Hey, my Denmark visitor! Thanks!!

Mariah Irvin said...

Amazing! Keep living the dream!

Adam Heine said...

Congratulations! Pretty stinking awesome.

McKoala said...

I've left congrats all over the place, but here are some more! Really delighted for you. And loving that last swoon pic, just gorgeous!

fairyhedgehog said...

Major congratulations, Kiersten! You are truly awesome!

Chris Eldin said...

Many huge congrats!!!!
:-)

Mary said...

Congratulations!!! I'm thrilled to bits for you, Kiersten. Swoon on... :)

Liyana said...

Congratulations, that's fantastic! :D

Pamala Knight said...

Congratulations!! That is awesome news and your blog is totally hilarious. I can't wait for Paranormalcy to hit the shelves.

Ashley said...

Woohoooooooo!! I'm way excited for you. Oh and I vote purple for your hair streak. If your stylist doesn't have any you can always pick some up at Sally's Beauty Supply. Anywho, if I lived closer I'd totally do it for you!

patdwhite said...

Hi there Kitty Bug! I always knew you could do it! I have loved your stories since you were tiny. I am so excited to walk into a bookstore and see your book and yell "THATS MY BABY GIRLS BOOK!!!!"

Love, Dad

JES said...

Here via Moonrat's place, Kiersten. First-time visitor, just wanted to offer HUGE congratulations!

And correction, you're not just about to be an author: you're about to be a Big Name.

Keep on keepin' on!

writtenwyrdd said...

Moonrat & Evil Editor have announced your great news, so expect even more visits to congratulate you soon. Moonie says it was "a pre-empt that rocked New York publishing this week." I really want to hear the details on that.

JKB said...

FANTASTIC News!!!! Also over from Moonies, but SO SO SO happy to see a pre-empt for you! WHOOOO frickin' HOOOO!!!

Mireyah Wolfe said...

Just found your blog--and such a awesome post to start off with!! =D MAJOR CONGRATS, but be careful of the swooning...they need your head! =P

~Aimee States said...

Congratulations!

(Your dad is too sweet, aw.)

Alexa said...

Congratulations!

I came over from Natalie's blog. Love the title of your book.

Being Beth said...

I haven't read your blog before, but I got here as son as I could (via Moonrat's excited post today).

Mega congratulations to you. What a happy dance day.

And, thanks for the contagious enthusiasm of this post that encouraged my to keep reaching for my own star.

Swoon on!

Ink said...

Congrats! I am now totally certain that Bransfordites are going to rule the world. You can be Cobra Commander. Hiss, and we shall follow...

Okay, that was a really bad metaphor, but it's a Saturday.

My best,
Bryan

Karen Mahoney said...

Hi! I came here via Moonrat & just wanted to say MEGA-CONGRATS!! What a wonderful, wonderful deal & you totally deserve to do lots of swooning. ;)

Cheers & best of luck with everything,

Kaz

www.karenmahoney.net

Nadine said...

Congratulations!! That is so exciting!! This is my first time to your blog but definitely not the last!!

Andrea Cremer said...

Congratulastion, Kiersten!

Abigail said...

I'm totally psyched for you and I've never even met you! As another struggling writer it's just great to read success stories.

pinksuedeshoe said...

I am so happy for you! That is seriuosly the greatest news ever. You are now going to be #1 on my list of famous people I know. I am so happy for you! (I know it is already Saturday, and you are probably getting your hair done right now, but I vote pink!)

Kiersten said...

I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally. Actually I wish I could hug you and jump up and down and squeal together : ) Thank you SO MUCH for your excitement and well wishes!!

As for the hair...turns out I have enough hair for like three people, so my haircut took too long to even think about color. Plus Hot Stuff astutely pointed out that my little sister is getting married in November and I *might* not want pink or purple hair forever in family pictures. So. It will still happen--I promise--but it might be a couple of months.

Kiersten said...

Okay: I officially have a plan to do it in Utah immediately following my sister's wedding. And I will provide photographic proof.

Precie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Duluk said...

Dude. Sweet.

Natalie said...

Dude, if I have good news by then, let's go together and get colors, k?

Anita said...

Am screaming yays for you in Colorado!

Weronika said...

Congratulations, darling. You rock!!! This is amazing, fantastic news and I just can't wait to see it finally out and on the bookshelves.

P.S. Check out a blog post of mine for an award I just passed on to you this afternoon. :D

Rachel Bateman said...

Once again, I just have to say how incredibly excited for you I am. The scene in our house last night went something like this:

INTRO

enter RACHEL

RACHEL: Husband, guess what, guess what, guess what?!?!?

HUSBAND stares blankly. He is not one for many words. He gestures RACHEL to continue.

RACHEL: Remember that author Kiersten I was telling you about who wrote that book about the girl who works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency--you know, the one I wish I came up with--well, she announced today that her agent sold her book in a THREE BOOK DEAL with HarperTeen. HARPERTEEN!!! How cool is that?

RACHEL swoons.

KELVIN bends over RACHEL, who is now on the kitchen floor.

KELVIN: That was all too fast. I don't know what you are talking about.

RACHEL: Kiersten, you know, the short one?

KELVIN: OH Kiersten. Got it. Tell her congrats for me.

KELVIN helps RACHEL up off the floor.

KELVIN: Now tell me again how you know Kiersten...?

RACHEL: Well, I don't, really. But it is still SUPER awesome!

RACHEL swoons again.

FADE OUT


So, point of the story: I am SUPER excited for you. Husband is too...he just doesn't show excitement much. :)

myrna said...

I just want to say congratulations too! That's incredible, but not terribly surprising because if your book reads at all like your blog--I can't wait to read it!

Michael Reynolds said...

Congrats and welcome to HarperTeen.

Don't worry about the initiation ritual. What happened to that one new author (rest in peace) was just a fluke.

-- Michael Grant (GONE and HUNGER)

Miriam S.Forster said...

Hey, heard the good news on Renee's blog. Congratulations!!! Good for you!

Lisa Schroeder said...

Wow. Kiersten, I'm SO happy for you!! Sounds like it was an amazing deal and your book must be some kind of wonderful. Can't WAIT to read it!!

Congratulations and like your agent said, enjoy this time, you've worked hard for it!!

Kiersten said...

Thank you thank you thank you. Really, I don't know what else to say! It's so fun getting to share this excitement with all of you.

Also, Rachel? FUNNIEST. RESPONSE. You're great.

And Michael--No worries. I'm one tough little chick. Bring it on.

Laini Taylor said...

Kiersten!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so so happy for you!! This is fantastic news. I can't wait to read Paranormalcy -- Steph has raved about it :-) Yay, you!!!!!

*grinning*

Lazy Writer said...

This is so great! Can I live vicariously through you until it happens for me?

Ebony McKenna. said...

Just came over here from Moonrat's site.
Congratulations!

T. Anne said...

I'm late to the congratulations party but I cried and told my whole family! Yes, I'm that happy for you!!!!!!!!! God has blessed you abundantly!!!! =)

keegan said...

Sweetheart,

You followed your dream and madae it happen. I'm so proud of you! I knew you could do it!

Love you,

Mom

Reesha said...

Squeeee!!!!!
Congratulations! I've never heard of you before but some other person on another blog told me to come over here and squee with you.
Your post is adorable besides being something that brightened my day.
I hope your book does well and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Way to go!

Kimberly Derting said...

CONGRATS!!!! Harper's a great place to be, and your book sounds kick-ass!

Kiersten said...

Thanks so much, you guys!! I've been overwhelmed with the response to this.

And thanks, Kimberly! I'm so, so excited to work with them.

lotusgirl said...

This is so totally swooooon worthy. You rock! I'm so happy for you. What a way to top off a crazy year! You are definitely going to bring swooning back in style. Tell the laptop that I appreciated his keeping us informed and to keep his chin--um keyboard up. I bet he'll get to retire soon.

Jess Haines said...

Congrats!! Very, very well done.

Saw the note on someone else's blog about the announcement, but I'll keep an eye out for your book now. Paranormalcy... sounds right up my alley!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I am a little late with the congratulations, but have been away, and what GREAT NEWS to come back to. You work hard and deserve this. OH yes, and also because you are supertalented. Of course you were going to get something HUGE. Congragulations!

Cate said...

CONGRATS!!

Tracy Marchini said...

I'm a little late to the party, but a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS KIERSTEN!! That is AWESOME news! :)

Kiersten said...

Thank you thank you thank you guys! I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but this much excitement and happiness for me makes the whole thing that much more amazing!

Sarah said...

Congratulations and yay exciting!

(Heard the great news on Stephanie's blog (Natural/Artificial))

Jenn Johansson said...

YAY! I'm SO excited for you!! Congratulations! :D HarperTeen ROCKS, k? :P

Shelli said...

yay - I know you have worked hard for this!

jckandy said...

Kiersten, it kind of sucks your so dang popular. It took a long time to read all those comments.

But do not worry, all those comments were well deserved! I sound pathetically cliche and like everyone else but I can't wait to read it and

*swoon*

Kristan said...

Well sh*t. I just started crying for you. Even though I already knew this had happened. Even though it happened a while ago. Even though I think I read this post back when it was new, actually.

Because in reading all your archives these past few weeks, I feel like I've gotten to know you, and I've re-lived all your ups and downs with you, and now (well, "now") I get to witness one of your dreams coming true.

Thank you so much for this blog, Kiersten. Not only is it wonderful and encouraging for any aspiring writer to live vicariously through your journey, but it's also been awesome getting to know you. You deserve this, and a million more good things, and I look forward to reading about all of it in the years to come. :)