So. Um. I’m not really sure how to do this. Because I’ve never done anything like this before.
Because I’ve never had a book deal before.
AND WE HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our book, FAR FROM US, is going to be published.
It’s true! About a week ago, super agent Jim McCarthy, Mindi, and I accepted a deal with Alexandra Arnold of Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins).
And in case you don’t feel like clicking, here’s what it says:
Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott’s FAR FROM US, a dual narrative in which two grieving teens take a road trip across the Southwest after their friend is killed in an accident and along the way chart a journey of loss, hope, and love as they discover the ways that she lives on even after her death, to Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen Books, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World).
Are there words that even exist for this?! (I guess that’s not the most impressive thing, announcing a book deal and then being unable to string together some sentences, huh? Yeesh!) But still! It all feels so very surreal, something I haven’t quite wrapped my head around yet, even after years and years of dreaming up a moment just like it. (I was even in my pajamas when it happened – just like I always imagined!) Of course, those were the same years and years of telling myself to take it down a notch, Michelle, it might never happen.
But it did.
It happened. IT’S HAPPENING!!!!!!!
Mindi and I are so, so happy to work with Alex, who has shown such enthusiasm for FFU, and we are so fortunate to have her behind our book! And we’re really excited to join Katherine Tegen Books, the home of so many fantastic stories — including Veronica Roth’s Divergent (MAYBE YOU’VE HEARD OF IT), and another of my favorites, Hilary T. Smith’s Wild Awake.
We are very lucky.
And I feel like the luckiest person ever to have had Mindi in my corner all this time. Without her endless support, crazyyyyy talent, and all-around general wonderfulness, I would not be writing this. And a bazillion thank-yous to Jim, who took a chance on me, was ever encouraging, and fought for FFU all the way.
(Is this where I thank other people? What happens next?? Did I talk about how surreal this is?! My brain is all jumbly!)
A dream come true. That’s all I can think to say about it.
Except that I am bursting with gratitude and excitement and happy-nausea!
This will be my first ever First Book. And I (and we) hope you like it. 🙂
OKAY AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH BYEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!