Monday, July 11, 2011

EPIC NEWS #2!

I am so excited, ecstatic, and a little bit proud to announce that I have a book deal.

(It’s so surreal to type that.)

My YA mermaid/selkie story, Tangled Tides, is going to be published by Rhemalda Publishing.

The print release will be in Spring or early Summer of 2012. Eeeeek!

*huge smile*

(The ebook will be released before then.)

The story of how THE DEAL occurred is full of happenstances, shoves and nudges from the universe, and a bit of help from some good friends. I had actually shelved this MS a year ago after querying it and receiving no agent offers, but that’s a long story that I’ll save for another post.

This post is mainly so that I can SQUEEEEE and show off photos of me signing my FIRST EVER publishing contract. (Really? It’s really real?)

I am so thrilled to be part of the Rhemalda family. It’s filled with such impressive talent and some of the nicest, most helpful, and artistic people I’ve ever met. Whenever I have a conversation with anyone at Rhemalda, or one of their authors, I get the warm and fuzzies. I couldn’t be happier with the way this whole thing has unfolded. Seriously. I’m tickled pink.

So, to sum it up…YAY!!!

My sea creature peeps are going to be released into the world soon! That thought is SO thrilling, and a tad scary. I hope they will be loved—at least by some.

Thanks so much to all of you who have inspired me, encouraged me, and supported me through this journey. There’s so much more excitement ahead and I feel very lucky to be part of such a fabulous community of bloggers, writers, and readers (many of whom have become treasured friends.)

Thank you for celebrating with me! xo

74 comments:

  1. YAY!!!! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than you <3

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  2. Congratulations! So excited for you, and can't wait to see what it will look like! :D

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  3. Alexandra, aww, thank you. xo

    Danyelle, oh me too! Rhemalda has some great ideas for the cover. Can't wait to see how it turns out. You know I'll be sharing it ASAP.

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  4. Yay! That's awesome! And from what I've heard from Michelle Davidson Argyle, Rhemelda are wonderful. congratulations!!!!!

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  5. Congrats Karen! As Jessica said, Michelle seems to be having a wonderful experience with the press. Wishing you all the best as you prepare for your big release day!

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  6. This is just so awesome Karen!! Congratulations :D

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  7. I'm so thrilled to see you reach this point. You deserve it so much, and I can't wait for others to take part of your Mer-experience.

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  8. AWESOME. AWESOME. So happy for you! Congrats!

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  9. Jessica & Laurel, Yes Michelle is fabulous and I adore her. I'm so happy to be in such exceptional company.

    Trisha & LJ, thank you SO much! <3

    Megan, YOU contributed to this book in so many ways. I can't thank you enough. xoxo times infinity.

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  10. Oh my goodness, Karen, this is HUGE news!!!! I want to jump up and down and scream for you!!! Congratulations!!

    And what a gorgeous place to sign your very first contract. Talk about a view! Wow!!

    I'm off to share the excitement--Twitter here I come! Soooo happy for you!!!

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  11. Lisa, I agree! AWESOME :) Thanks!

    Jill, How flippin' cute are you? We're jumping up and down together in spirit. That view is at my boyfriend's place, but yes, it's inspiring. If you look VERY closely, you can see mermaid fins disappearing into the waters of Tampa Bay. ;)
    Thanks for the Twiiter love!

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  12. *MAJOR HAPPY DANCING* I'm so so so so SO happy for you, Karen! I canNOT wait to see your baby in print <3 <3 <3

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!! I saw the news on Twitter and thought I'd come and congratulate you!

    Much deserved. Happy dance and donuts for all!! :D

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  14. Can I just tell you how freaking excited I am that you're part of the publishing family at Rhemalda!!!! Squee! Also, I can't wait to read your book!

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  15. I've only said it six or seven times, so I'd better say it again (because that's not nearly enough!).

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    XOXOXOXO

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  16. Huge Kudos to you, Karen...so exciting! Can't wait to read your book!

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  17. Congratulations! I hear such nice things about Rhemelda Publishing!

    Well deserved!

    Shelley

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  18. Congratulations!!!!!! I am so happy for you and for your mermaids! Can't wait to buy a copy and be first in line for an author signature. ;)
    -Sara Megibow

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  19. i'm so super excited for you! And i've poked around Rhemalda a bit and have been very impressed, especially with their covers (and i CANNOT WAIT to see yours! I bet it will be badass!!)

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  20. So awesome - congratulations.Rhemelda sounds like a great way to go.

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  21. Fantastic news! *sending virtual hug*

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  22. Congratulations! I hope you'll post the story soon :-)

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  23. I am SO excited for you! You look lovely and super professional signing your first contract! I can't wait to have your book!

    ((((Hugs))))

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  24. So happy for you, Karen! And where do you live? Your condo looks amazing.

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  25. I can't imagine how high you are right now. I'm so happy for you, congrats and enjoy. You deserve it!

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  26. Far out! That's wonderful news. Doing the happy dance with you.

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  27. Awesome!!! I've heard amazing things about Rhemalda! Congrats again! :)

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  28. Popping the champagne and tossing confetti! Congratulations, Karen!!!!

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  29. OMG! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This is so exciting! SO happy for you!! :D :D

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  30. Yay to you!! And thanks for the hope for those of us that are hitting dead-ends with a well-written book that just isn't snagging an agent these days...
    erica

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  31. Congratulations! So exciting!

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  32. That picture of you is adorable, Karen! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you! And I LOVE mermaids so I'm looking forward to reading your soon-to-be published novel, YAY!

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  33. I think J. Griffin Barber's comment says it all. I am so, so happy for you (especially because I plan to live vicariously through you during this whole experience)!

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  34. I am so proud to be this twisted little pixie's partner. She doesn't even have to be at Disney to have her dreams come true. Karen, this is only the beginning of your wonderful journey of Authorhood. Please enjoy mainly the journey and write your heart out. Publishing is the bonus, the writing is your quest. Love always, John...aka PPan.

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  35. Oh wow CONGRATULATIONS!!! THAT'S SOOOO COOL!!!

    WHOOT!

    *throws confetti*

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  36. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See? I TOLD you I had a good feeling. :)

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  37. Yay!!! I'm so happy for you! *happy dance* *confetti*

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  38. This is such amazing news! I wish you the best, Amanda!

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  39. Yay, that is such great news, congratulations.

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  40. And by Amanda, I totally meant Karen. *sigh* Time to wake up, brain!

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  41. YAY! Congrats! You deserve it, my sweet!

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  42. OMG! Karen, I am so thrilled for you. That is such exciting news! Hurray, hurray!!!

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  43. Thrilled for you and can't wait to read the underwater adventures!!! :O)

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  44. Congratulations again!!! I've been following your blog for a long time and it's always been one of my favorites. I'm so happy for you. You deserve it! :)

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  45. Congratulations!!!! How exciting! Now just the waiting to have it in your actual HANDS!!!

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  46. SOOO excited for you!! Can't wait to read it!! :)

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  47. Oh my goodness! That's so exciting! YEAH!

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  48. This is the best news. I can't wait to read the book. I know I'll fall in love with your merfolk tale. So happy and excited for you!

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  49. You know how crazy proud I am of you! (And to think I was in the taxi line with you when you first talked with Rhemalda!!!) Also? How cute are you in your pictures? You LOOK like a writer. The view. The wine. The CONTRACT! Yay!

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  50. I love this EPIC news so much. And I love the Rhemalda Pub mission. Good for you Karen!

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  51. Congratulations!! Y'all have all kinds of wonderful news going on here! Woo hoo!!!

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  52. KAREN!!! Yay! Yay! Yay!! BEST. NEWS. EVER! I am so happy for you. Really. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! :-)

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  53. Congrats on the awesome news, Karen!!!!

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  54. Best news ever much????? Can't wait!!!!!!!! You deserve it, girl! *bear hugs*

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  55. Well what can I say that hasn't already been said? Obviously congrats are in order. I'm soooo happy for you. Can't wait to read about your sea peeps. ;-) Have a blessed week & continued prosperity!

    http://www.kandiedelley.com

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  56. YAY!!! SO thrilled for you but seriously, need more details :D I want to hear the whole story!

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  57. Congratulations, Karen!!!!! It was only a matter of time. SO happy for you!

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  58. Congratulations Karen!!! I can't wait to buy a copy! *Jumps with excitement*

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  59. Thanks so much, everyone! I appreciate all the congrats and well wishes SO SO much. <3

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  60. Congrats, that's amazing! :) Can't wait to read it.

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  61. I am so excited for you and I can't wait to read your book!! Congratulations!!

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  62. YAY! Congrats, Karen! Can't wait to read it!

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  63. Congrats!!! You deserve it! Super exciting!

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  64. What a wonderful turn out for you. Congratulations karen!

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