Saturday, September 10, 2011

In Which I Am Exploding With News and Happiness

When I sold Paranormalcy as a trilogy, I didn't sleep for a week. It felt like all the things inside of me were buzzing, like I couldn't contain myself, like I was going to vibrate right out of my skin to reveal new Author Me. It was going to happen. I was going to be an author.

The fear set in later.

Because once you're in this industry, once you are friends with other authors and you see behind the scenes, you realize that selling one book or one series or even being a bestseller does not guarantee you will have a career as an author. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes future books don't sell. Sometimes things crash and burn, and sometimes they just fizzle. Sometimes sometimes sometimes.

Sometimes.

Sometimes is a scary thing. Because as much as I love the Paranormalcy trilogy, my love of writing extends beyond that one storyline. I wanted to have those books published, yes, but more than that I wanted a career as an author. I wanted to be able to write and make books forever.

I'm going to cry. (Or, as my sister put it when I called her with the news, "So THAT'S why you're giggling all creepy." It's either crying or creepy giggling. No middle ground.)

My first book deal was all giddy disbelief and joy. This new book deal? Pure happiness, tempered with a healthy dose of relief and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Gratitude to my readers--for buying my books, for reading them, for telling others about them, for setting the foundation that the rest of my career will build on. Thank you. Gratitude to those who help me in my writing life--for putting up with my crazy (husband), for helping me (crit partners), for encouraging me (family and friends both real-world and online), for selling my books (Michelle Wolfson, I'm looking at you, you tiny spitfire agent of awesome). And especially gratitude to HarperTeen--for continuing to believe in me and my writing, for giving my books such an incredible home, for giving me Erica Sussman, and for buying my next four books.

MIND GAMES will come out winter of 2013
FLOOD AND STONE will come out fall of 2013
MIND GAMES 2 will come out winter of 2014
An unnamed standalone will come out fall of 2014

And that's the part I still can't quite believe, either. Because in another massive, incredible show of support, HarperTeen is going to publish two books a year from me.

Okay, remember how I was all calm and grateful and thoughtful about this book deal?

JUST KIDDING I AM TOTALLY FREAKING OUT AGAIN.

I WAS GOING TO BE CALM IN THIS PARAGRAPH BUT I CAN'T TURN OFF CAPS LOCK BECAUSE I AM STILL TOTALLY FREAKING OUT. TWO A YEAR!

Ahem. Sometimes I worry that I am bludgeoning people with my constant good news. Please know that I recognize how fortunate I am. Lucky, even. Yes, I work very hard, but a lot of people work very hard and never get the success they deserve. I know professionally I'm fortunate beyond what I very realistically hoped for, and I'm so, so grateful that I have all of you to share this with.

More to come Monday, including details about the books. (For those of you who have been around a while, FLOOD AND STONE is the title of Isadora's book. And MIND GAMES...well, we won't mention which book that is.) But for now, AWKWARD HUGS AND CREEPY GIGGLING FOR EVERYONE.

83 comments:

Lyla said...

YAY. I already congratulated you on Twitter but I'll do it here, too.

CONGRATS. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ ALL OF THEM!

*gives awkward hug and creepily giggles back*

Melina said...

AWKWARD HUGS ALL AROUND! YOU ARE AMAZING!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow! That is so amazing. Congratulations!

Debbie Barr said...

You are so awesome! Your agent is so awesome! Your editor is so awesome! YAY FOR YOU! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! And happy for me, because I you selling those books means I get to eventually read them. :)

Mandy said...

CONGRATS, girl! You deserve it! :D

Nakoya said...

Congratulations! I love the Paranormalcy series and can't wait to read the new books!

aLmYbNeNr said...

I am SO excited for you, Kiersten! Congratulations! I'm also excited to read them - they can't come soon enough!

I see from Twitter that you're feeling under the weather...feel better soon!

C. K. Bryant said...

You deserve every happy giggle. Your books are FANTASTIC!!! Congrads!!!

Michelle Wolfson said...

Huge congratulations of course!!! You work SO HARD and totally deserve all this awesomeness. I'm so excited for everyone to read these books. YAY!!!!

Meggie said...

I think those of us who've been around for a while have a pretty good idea of what MIND GAMES is/was.

Congratulations again!

Taschima Cullen said...

Congrats Congrats Congrats!!!!!

Kristan said...

Very exciting! And your gratitude and humility is so... endearing. :)

Can't wait to hear more about the books! Also, is the Egyptian book a rewrite of the one that Michelle signed you for?

Melissa said...

let the giddy little happy dances begin!!

Melanie Jacobson said...

I taught 8th grade English for several years and I still funnel suggestions to my friends who teach for their classroom libraries. I love so much that your books are ones that I can hand them and feel good about it, and I love knowing that there will be more in the future to point them toward. Congratulations!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Congratulations!!

I absolutely adore hearing your good news because you seem so genuine. I like that in a person. :)

Denise Z said...

Congratulations:) Happy dancing with you here !

BrittLit said...

Congrats! This is fantastic!

Heather said...

WAHOO FOR YOU!!!!

We Heart YA said...

We are so excited for you! Congratulations!

David Powers King said...

Stupendous stuff, Kiersten! Looking forward to all of them! :)

Josin L. McQuein said...

Congrats! Getting one deal is amazing, but netting the follow-ups is more meaningful (I think so, anyway).

Megan Shepherd said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What wonderful news. FOUR more books...wow. Just wow. Can't wait to read them!

Hannah said...

OMG!

Daisy Whitney said...

So thrilled! I expect an early version of ALL of them!

kathrynleighaz said...

congrats! and thanks for sharing. I don't ever think you're unaware or ungrateful or whatever, and you should always share good news and giggle creepily... it gives me hope :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats!!!

I'm The Bookie Monster said...

YAY!!!!!! I LOVE USING CAPS LOCK TOO!! You deserve it! I can't wait to hear about the new books!!! SO EXCITING!!! MInd Games...oooooooh! Sounds very interesting!!

Jordan McCollum said...

As I was reading the first paragraph of this post, I just knew it was going to be good news about new books (um, duh). I was so excited I actually covered up the rest of the post with my hands so I wouldn't read ahead.

And so many! Wow! Congratulations! I was hoping we'd get read these!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Wow, you've been busy! That is awesome news! I can't wait to read more from you. You are awesome!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Congrats, Kiersten!! I am so very happy for you!

nindogs said...

HOLY HELL. Congrats, darlin!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know what I'm happier about--your awesome news or NOT HAVING TO KEEP IT SECRET ANYMORE.

I guess the nice thing would be to say it's your news. But mostly it's the no-more-secret-burden.

KIDDING IT IS SO THE NEWS!

So happy for you. Count on me kidnapping you soon to go celebrate!

Chelsey said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Small Review said...

You are AWESOME! Congratulations!!

Fantasy Book Chick said...

Congrats, that is so exciting! I can't wait to read them when they come out. :)

ellen said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited about reading them! Why is 2013 so far away?

Cherie Reich said...

Congratulations!! That's such fantastic news!

Marsha Sigman said...

I am bludgeoned by your awesome.

But in a good way. Congrats!

Jen @ A Book and a Latte said...

This is FANTASTIC news! CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for sharing your creepy giggling happiness with us. I can't wait to hear more about these books! :) ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

PLEASE do bludgeon us with good news; beat & mace us with happiness. There is never enough happy news learned of. When i sold my first painting I couldn't believe it and that creepy giggling thing may be universal! :-)

@fangswandsfairy
steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com

Shallee said...

So excited for you, Kiersten! And I can't wait to read the books. Congrats!

Kate said...

Congratulations! I will read them all! :) Is Flood and Stone going to be the one book? Or is there going to be a sequel to that? And could Mind Games possibly be the book you wrote in nine days? Just wondering. . . :)

And so happy your back from your break! I missed you, I didn't know what to do with my life since I didn't have almost daily updates on your blog to read! Gasp! :)
How was your very well deserved. . . (Do I need to even to mention that when I'm commenting under the announcement of four new books? It definitely goes without saying that you very much deserved a break, because we all know how hard you work! We've all read your first two novels! And are looking forward to the many more to come! :) Anyway. . .) Did you get to sit by the pool and enjoy yourself? I sure hope so! And I'm reserving a spot to come join you, because all this studying has really got me beat. I took that dang SAT test this morning, and boy am I tired. . . :)

Gjertrud said...

Yes! That means I can get to read more of your awesome writing :D
Congratulations :)
Also, WHAT is Mind Games? I want to know :( (That is my sulky face, and does not mean that I am sad, because more books yay :) )
Is the standalone, the book you wrote in 9 days?

Lexie said...

-AWKWARDLY HUGS YOU-
I'm so happy for you, and also excited in a selfish way because I want to read more books from you. This is just . . . gah.
YAY FOR PUBLISHING DEALS AND HARPERTEEN.

BibliophileKBE said...

Yay two books a year!!! Less suspense!!!! Yay!!!!! *Insert creepy giggling*

Holly L'Oiseau said...

YEEEEAAAAHHH-YYYAAAA!

bridgetstraub.com said...

That is sooo amazingly awesome and cool! I love that you get it. Drink it in and enjoy this as you obviously deserve it!

Sophie said...

Oh my gosh! This is amazing! Congratulations!

Mel Fowler said...

Congrats I'm very happy for you. And, I love awkard hugs and creepy giggles.... have you ever noticed that awkard is spelled awkardly??? anyway... Have fun! I really look forward to reading you books.

Aubrey said...

So excited! More books from one of my fave authors! Win! Congrats Kiersten!

RaShelle Workman said...

Big congrats, Kiersten! =D

Taneika said...

Yayyy! Congratulations! I couldn't begin to imagine how difficult it would be to be an author and to get things published!
I can barely contain my excitement for Endlessly, let alone another four books from you! Wooo!

Tristyn said...

This is so AWEOSME!!!! I can't wait to read more of your books! Congrats!!! :)

Jason said...

Congrats - looking forward to them!

Whirlochre said...

A four book deal has a kind of 'bag three get one free' kind of feel.

Will it be five next time? A three book deal allied to a two book mini-series.

And what about six? Will that be two three book deals or three two book deals — or a run of five books and a pop-up gazeteer?

It's all great news, whatever happens.

Lisa said...

Congrats!! I can't wait to read more of your amazing work <3

LinWash said...

Congratulations!!!

Tiffany Garner said...

Congrats!! After Paranormalcy, I can't wait to read the rest of your stuff!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

So excited for you I'm overflowing with creepy giggling!!!!! Congrats to you and Michelle, the amazing tiny spitfire of awesome!)

Jordanne said...

THIS. MADE. MY. LIFE. 8DDDD IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I CAN'T EVEN TURN OFF CAPS LOCK. OHMYGOSH. <3 <3 <3

Lauren said...

What fantastic news, Kiersten! I'm so happy for you and I can't wait for Winter 2013.
I would love to know what your secret is for churning out words so fast? I'm lucky if I write a book in 8 months.

beth said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :)

Alyson Greene said...

Congratulatios! That's awesome news! The books sound amaxing.

Gracie said...

:O SO COOL!! I'm so excited for you. Now I really must get on reading your books... (I'm sorry I haven't read any yet! But I will!!)

Fenix said...

Congratulations Kiersten! I always love reading your tweets and to hear that you have such an INCREDIBLE contract is inspiring. I wish you all the best and I hope I will be able to follow in your footsteps someday!

S.P. Bowers said...

I'd be creepy giggling too. CONGRATS!

Jodi Meadows said...

AAAHHHH YAY!!!!!!!!!!

I am always up for more Kiersten books! YAY!

Lexi said...

Oh, yay! Is Mind Games to book you wrote in nine days?

Amber Cuadra said...

YAY! Congrats! Can't wait to read all of them! :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

-Christine from Arizona

kllamp said...

This is so freaking awesome!!!!!

Congratulations!

Melissa

Susan Adrian said...

OH. My Goodness!

That is amazing!!!

Congratulations!

Lissa said...

Mostly I'm just really excited because good news deserves to happen to people and I'm so happy it's happened to someone I really admire and was following before all the good stuff happened because then it makes the whole thing that much more achievable for the rest of us. Also, I'm totally psyched for MIND GAMES. I can't wait for it. You're going to be so busy!

Sarah @ StoryboundGirl said...

Wow! Awesome news! Congratulations. You deserve it!

heidikins said...

Squee to the WOW!! Love!

xox

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Huge, huge congratulations. I can't even comprehend. It's that amazing. YOU ARE AMAZING.

Nicole said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG YAY!!!! I can't wait to read all of them!! :D

Nikki said...

Oh, GIANT congratulations to you! I love your writing, and I'm so happy you're going to get to do lots more of it! For money!!
THINK how much chocolate you can buy with four book's worth of money! :P

Amanda Milner said...

Creepy giggling is a very appropriate response!
Huge congrats to you!! So freaking awesome! :)

Allywag said...

Congrats!!! Great news for you...an established AUTHOR! Sad news for us at the library, won't see you as often as you will be mega busy writing for TWO books a year! Can't wait to read them....you have an awesome style and terrific sense of humor. You go girl!!!

Madeleine said...

WHO CARES ABOUT COMPOSURE? I'M SO EXCITED!

I can't believe I missed this! My stupid homework is keeping me from all this giddiness!

I'm so excited for you! And me. And my friends. :) Congratulations!

Brenna Braaten said...

Well accept creepy giggling. As long as it doesn't stop you from writing.

Cortney said...

Congrats! I'm a new follower and a fellow writer of YA. I just finished Paranormalcy last week and I LOVED IT! Can't wait to read the next one! I think my favorite thing was that from the cover I definitely did not expect the comedic voice that Evie has. I pictured it to be more serious, but I love her quirky humor! Very Buffy-esque, to banter with the bad vamps! :) And I love her obsession with pink. She's a great character.