Thursday, August 13, 2009

It’s official!! NIGHTSHADE CITY to be published by Holiday House Books!

Finally, I can give my news! NIGHTSHADE CITY, my first manuscript, has been sold to Holiday House Books! I'm so excited to be a part of this house! They've been in the business of children's literature since 1935! Julie Amper, who I've heard loads of great things about, will be my editor and I can't wait to get started!

I want to give a special thanks to my agent, Marietta Zacker. She has been instrumental in making this happen. She is not just an agent, but my biggest supporter and a real friend (and shrink too)!! So many, many thanks Marietta! I'd also like to thank Nancy Gallt, who stood behind my work and of course Craig Virden. If he had not taken a chance on my work, none of this would have been possible. I've said this before, I will forever regret never being able to meet him. Someday, though...

Thanks to everyone involved and a huge thank you to my husband, Eric, who read this manuscript about 20 odd times and was my free freelance editor! He listened to me talk about it endlessly (more like whine) and still stayed married to me!! Now that's a great man!!

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. Congratulations, Hilary!!!! I'm so excited for you. I read your excerpt for NIGHTSHADE CITY on your web site a few weeks ago and LOVED it. I had no doubt it would get picked up by a fabulous house.

    I can't wait to see this in print. I'll be buying it as soon as it's available. : )

    YAY! How are you going to celebrate?

  2. Thanks Casey! I'm so excited! Using that word, "excited", a lot the past few weeks! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    As for celebrating, on our first date, my hub bought a bottle of champagne. We saved it for a special occassion like this, so maybe will drink it finally! It's 10 years older now! Wow! Hope it's still good! Ha, ha!

    Thanks for your kind words and can't wait to hear this same news from you too!!

    xoxo -- Hilary

  3. Anonymous8/14/2009

    Hilary -- We can't tell you how excited and proud we are of you and all of your hard work ... which has now moved to a higher level. This is all so very exciting. Your dreams are now becoming a "reality" and you deserve it after all of your hard work. You've got to be going crazy with excitement. It sounds like you have a "great team" to support you ... including your fabulous husband who also happens to be my fabulous "baby brother" (ha).

    Congratulations from both of us ... this is all very, very exciting.

    Love Always ... (great website, by the way ... it had to take forever to get it up and running!

    Susan & Tom
    (a/k/a Aunt Susie & Uncle Tommy)

  4. Sue,

    You guys are so sweet! No more "hush-hush"! I'm telling everyone I know & you can too!! :)Ha, ha! Hope we can see you soon!!! We miss you guys!

    xoxo -- Hilary

  5. Anonymous8/15/2009


    What a wonderful surprise to learn you published a book! So happy for your and can't wait to buy it for my grandchildren to enjoy. God bless you and may this be the first of your successes in writing!

    Love, Aunt Patsy


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