Thursday, September 24, 2009

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED! Holiday House contract signed!


Everything has been worked out and I have a signed contract with Holiday House! And, yes, I did take this dorky picture of myself! It was unavoidable--had to be done! ;)


My awesome agent, Marietta, did NOT tell me it was on its way, the little sneak, so there it was in my mailbox when I got home last night! So, I'd like to give a super big thanks to her! She has just been extraordinary on so many levels and I'm a very lucky writer to have her and Nancy Gallt in my corner.

It was amazing back in April when Craig Virden decided to take me on and even more amazing to get an offer on my book from such a prestigious children's publisher only two months later! As I look up to the sky, all I can say is thank you, Craig! There will be a little surprise in NIGHTSHADE CITY, only for you! Many, many thanks to Holiday House, I can't wait to get started on the edits and make my rats the very best they can be!

Last, but certainly not least, thank you needs to go to my husband. He is my very free, freelance editor/husband/friend/critic. Without him, Lord only knows where I'd be.


What a great way to start the fall season! Happy fall everyone and to everyone who's given me support and encouragement thank you as well. It means so much! Not just as writers or readers, but as people, we are all in this together. Kind words mean a lot! Yes, yes, I know that last part might ring a bit corny, but I don't care, it's true! Thank you.

xoxo -- Hilary



14 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!! We're so excited for you!!

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  2. Thank you guys!!! I can't wait to leave the exact same comment for both of you! Such an exciting time for all of us!!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  3. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Tanya Peters9/24/2009

    Hi Hillary,

    I can't wait to see this in print! I love Redwall and came across your book website by accident. Just signed up on your mailing list!

    Can't wait to buy!

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  5. Huzzah! Major congratulations!!!

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  6. Oh, shiny contract! Congratulations!

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  7. Girl, you look good with a contract in hand!

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  8. That contract's almost as white as your teeth. :) Congratulations, Hilary! Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

    PS: I am jealous of your koi fish. We can't have them on WP. But did you see the hamster on the wheel? That seems more like your style.

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  9. Have I told you lately that I love you guys? Thanks so much everyone, seriously!

    Hope, I have not seen the hamster! I need to find it! I would like a rat app! There has gotta be one somewhere out there!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  10. What a great pic. Definitely one to frame and put up above your writing space. Congrats!

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  11. Love the picture.

    What a great moment!

    Shelley

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  12. Congratulations! Do you feel official or what? I'm so excited for you! I agree with Marissa, frame that picture for your writing space. One of many great moments to come.

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  13. Casey,

    YES! I finally feel secure! You always worry what if they change their minds? It's gut wrenching! I did the same thing waiting on my agent's contract too! Holiday House is now stuck with me! My editor emailed me yesterday to let me know I'd be getting a FedEx box today with my marked up MS in it! It seriously gave me goosebumps! They are so enthusiastic about my book, I want to make them really proud of it when all the edits are done!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  14. Congratulations,

    That is wonderful news and such a surprise for you.

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