Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm Getting Published!!!

So, this is it! The day I’ve been waiting months for…holding my breath and dying inside a little more each day because I couldn’t make this announcement yet. And, finally, the big day is here...

Cyber-drumroll, please……………..!

I sold my first Young Adult Novel!!!

YAY!!!!

Okay, so maybe I didn’t actually do the selling part but my amazing agent, Laura Rennert, did, in a two book deal to my wonderful editor, Gretchen Hirsch, at HarperCollins! (I know, right?) The name of the book is The Body Finder, and it will be available in stores September 2, 2009 (seriously, I can’t believe I just said that!).



Here is the link to the Publisher's Weekly article about the deal:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6614867.html?industryid=47146


So, now that it’s finally ok for me to talk about this, I will be blogging about how I got the news about my book deal, what the editing process was like (don’t worry Gretchen, you were freaking awesome!), what the official launch dates for both books will be, when it will be available for pre-order (shameless plug), when the cover is posted on my website, when the reviews start coming in (crossing my fingers) and…again, I can’t believe I’m saying this…where I’ll be doing book signings next year.

I hope you all visit my blog often to say hi and to chat with me! I would love to hear from all of you!! If you have some time, check out my website and register to receive official updates! (I have no idea what an “official update” is, but as soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know).

Thank you all for your friendship, good wishes, and support!

For those of you who are wondering, I used 20 exclamation marks to create this blog…but, really, can you blame me?

17 comments:

Tim Byrd said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news!

I knew Laura'd come through for you.

Sheree said...

So very proud of you! Can't wait to buy the book!

Heather Kindred said...

I am really excited for you. I had no idea that among all the other things you are good at that you are a writer too. You join my club of 2 people I know that are published. I promise to buy your book! What a great storyline. I can see the movie coming already!

anahbird said...

Congrats!! I'm really excited for you!

PJ Hoover said...

I'm so excited for you and your upcoming book! That is huge, wonderful news, and I can't wait to read it!

Sammie said...

Kim, CONGATULATIONS!!!! this is so exciting, Were so happy for you and we will for sure be buyin one as soon as we can. Way to go!

Keep us posted

Sandra, Savannah & Andrew

Lori P said...

Yeah Kim! You can count on me to be at the front of the line at your Seattle book signing. You're my first celebrity friend!

Amee said...

Congrats!! I know I've said it before but I'll say it again. If you need crowd control at your book signings, I'm all over it. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Kim,

CONGRATULATIONS! You enjoy your moment, and keep up with your passion! I am so excited for you, and I love to see dreams come true! You go girl!

Love & Hugs,

Lori Chambers

Steph said...

Kimberly, this is so great!! I was reading through Dear Author's regular Book Deals column and when I got down to YA and saw Kimberly Derting and Laura Rennert in the same sentence, I was like, NO WAY, SHE'S ONE OF MY BLOG'S FOLLOWERS! This is too exciting!! Congrats!

Just asking, since it'll be released in less than a year from the announcement: When was the sale actually made? You mentioned "waiting months" at the beginning, so...!

Anyway, once again, CONGRATS!

Steph

Kimberly Derting said...

So now that I'm back from New York, I can answer you guys!!!

Thank you so much for all of your good wishes...I can use all the luck/prayers/voodoo superstition I can get (publishing is pretty competitive!).

Heather: I like the way you think...THE BODY FINDER MOVIE!!!

Amee: Crowd control, maybe not. How about you just tell me if I have lipstick on my teeth instead???

Kimberly Derting said...

Hey Steph!

Thanks for the post...and for letting me know that my book was listed over at Dear Author's blog (I hadn't seen it there yet). The deal was negotiated back in August, contracts signed in October, and then I had to wait until the announcement in Publisher's Weekly to actually make it official...whew, it was a tough wait! But VERY exciting!!!

I'm a huge fan of your blog...practically cyber-stalkery since I read it every day! I'm thrilled that you posted here!!!

YA Book Realm said...

Congratulations! I remember when you friended me in myspace wanting to know more about your books...and now we know. It sounds great and I'm definitely registering to get official updates! ;)

Kimberly Derting said...

Thanks YA Book Realm! It's been so hard to keep everything a *secret*...I'm so glad to be able to tell everyone now!!! :)

Carol(ina) said...

COngrats! That's awesome! Your book sounds so good. Can't wait for it to come out! :)

Steph said...

Kimberly - emailed you. If it doesn't show up at kim (at) kimberlyderting.com, I'd check your spam folder because for some reason I'm marked as that all the time. *sigh* Include "X" in your name, and the filters always assume the worst!

Steph

Kimberly Derting said...

Carol(ina): Thank you so much!!!


Steph: I just emailed you back...