Friday, August 27, 2010

Who Knew Book Deals Ended with Real Books?

I've been trying really hard to think of other things to write about. Even though the release is next week, I don't want the blog to turn into PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY PARANORMALCY even though, let's face it, that's pretty much how my brain is buzzing these days.

It's a funny thing. When you get a book deal you're overcome with this sense that, holy crap, your book is going to be a BOOK. A real book. In bookstores. That, ideally, people read. Even more ideally, lots and lots and lots of people read. And it's what you want, what you've envisioned, what you've dreamed of for years.

I can still remember the first time it hit me how badly I wanted to make this happen. It was almost overwhelming at the time. And I felt like an idiot, standing there in the YA section of a bookstore, my heart racing and every nerve on edge as I stared at the shelves and thought, THERE. I am going to be there. I am going to make this happen.

I made it happen.

I've known since last year that this whole thing would end in a real book.

It doesn't make it any less surreal.

24 comments:

BookChic said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see Paranormalcy on the shelves!! :)

Also, I finished reading it the other day and LOVED it! I just finished my review which will be up tomorrow and which I'll email you the link to, but just wanted to give you a heads up (and reassurance) that I loved it!

Empress Awesome said...

I know what you mean. It's like when you start knitting a scarf and little by little it forms into shape, until it's so long it's gets a little out of control and snake-like because you've never learned how to knot it at the end. Wow. That didn't work out as planned.

Anyway, that is soooooo exciting! I'm really looking forward to the release of Paranormalcy. I'm going to try and buy it the first day, or at least the first week.

Bask in the glory, Kiersten. You deserve it!

Rose Cooper said...

Congrats!! I can only imagine the feeling. Enjoy every single second of it!!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I can't even begin to understand how you can handle all that awesomeness and excitement - I would totally burst. In fact, I'm already kind of bursting, because I'm so awesomely excited for you! :D

Kathryn said...

I can't even imagine... I remember how one of your older posts included a picture of you pointing at your "to be" spot in a bookstore... I think you were with Renee and Natalie...

Can you imagine??? Holy crow!

Enjoy this!!! Congratulations!!! Now gimme my book! :P Those 70 pages weren't enough!

Elana Johnson said...

I'm so with ya, girl! I've held your book. I've read it. It's REAL.

But doing the same thing with my book? Not so real.

Congrats on making it happen!

Lyla said...

I dunno, I think you have a right to be excited :)

I read the 70 pages on HarperTeen a couple days ago, by the way, and I'm really sorry I did... because I won't get the dang book for another week and I have to wait to find out what happens!

Tere Kirkland said...

I would (will?) feel the same way , I'm sure. It is surreal to have something in front of you, able to touch it, when a year ago it was nothing but a dream.

Congratulations, and I can't wait to read!

Kristin Miller said...

3 days! That's all! It'll be here before you can say ParanormalcyBleepageIsCool!

Suze said...

I'm hoping to find out if your kids know/understand what's happening, and most of all - what you plan on doing launch day (aside from recovering from not sleeping the night before!)

elizabethreinhardt said...

So cool! Does the book have an author pic in the back? Do you plan to stand next to copies and nonchalantly flip to the author pic while people are browsing near you? I would! Intensely cool! Looking so forward to picking up a copy!

Kristan said...

{big deep happy sigh}

Oh I can't wait for my own surreality someday... :)

Whirlochre said...

You mention PARANORMALCY 40 times.

This is exactly right.

41, and you'd have been going over the top, a victim of your own shameless hubris.

39, and you'd have undersold your own awesomeness.

So, thinking PARANORMALCY 40 times, publicly, on your blog, is testament to your overall buzz-to-world adeptitude.

Dara said...

:)

Also, I just saw you mentioned in Writer's Digest magazine in the article "10 Notable Debuts." Awesome!

Marsha Sigman said...

You did it...you did it...you did it!!!!!

I am vicariously freaking out for you.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on getting there! It's such a hard journey - you should be very proud of yourself and your efforts! :)

Madeleine said...

Oh, Kiersten, I am so happy for you! And I'm extra happy for all the wonderful people who will read your book and love it.

(And you're definitely not the only one who's stood next to the shelf where their book would be...)

Rachel said...

I think we would all think you're a freak if you weren't thinking of/talking about Paranormalcy constantly over the next little while!

Congratulations again and again. :)

Maybe you can post random paragraphs from the book? Just a thought, if the publisher agrees, of course.

By the way, are you still planning on having crepes with nutella and bananas for breakfast on the 31st?

Angela Ackerman said...

It might sound terribly cliche, but bask in this moment. You've earned every nanosecond of it.

And guess what? You made it happen!

Angela @ The BOokshelf Muse

Samantha Bennett said...

I love that you made it happen! I'm guessing (pre-published!) that it is surreal. And very, very awesome.

Tenshi said...

I can´t wait anymore T_T
I´m so excited^^

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on all your success. Enjoy the reality of it. You deserve it. Can't wait to read the book.

Ingrid Sundberg said...

Way to be living your dreams and making it a reality! Congrats!

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