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Irish connections and good news

I shall enjoy getting used to saying it: "I'm a McElderry author."

Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is going to publish my midgrade fantasy novel. The one I struggled to finish. And I can get used to saying this too: "My editor is the lovely Karen Wojtyla."

For all this loveliness, I owe untold thanks to my sweet and savvy (and lovely) agent Tracey Adams.

I also owe a small nod of gratitude to whatever magic resides in the campanile at Trinity College, Dublin:

Trinity College, Dublin campanile

I was lucky enough to visit in September, just after Tracey sent my manuscript out into the world. (Note to writers: I highly recommend a fun vacation to keep your mind off a manuscript sitting on editors' desks!)

Apparently, campus tradition says that it's bad luck to walk under the campanile if you're awaiting exam results, or other important news. So my husband made sure I walked around it. The rest of the tour group laughed. Little did they know!
 
The luck of the Irish? I believe! 
(Hey! Isn't McElderry an Irish name....?)

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lisaalbert
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Congrats, again!! Can you share the title and flap copy?

I'm working on finishing my MG magical realism so your sale gives me inspiration and motivation. Yay!!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lisa.

It's a brand-new deal, so there's no cover or flap copy yet. The official announcement calls it "a scary Alpine re-imagining of the Pied Piper legend."

Definitely do be inspired and motivated!! I can't wait to hear your good news one of these days. :)
davidbeall
Nov. 5th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the great news. Best of luck with your new book!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, David!
jbknowles
Nov. 5th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
SOOOOooooo Happy For you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jo! That means a lot! :)
dlgarfinkle
Nov. 5th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 5th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Debby. :)
kmarcus
Nov. 6th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, missy. ;)
xoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxo back at ya!
cynthialord
Nov. 6th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
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CONGRATULATIONS!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy!
I'm honored to borrow the tiara. :)
wordsrmylife
Nov. 6th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! Looking forward to details. Somehow didn't learn that about the Campanile, but join you in reccommending Ireland for any sort of vacation.
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh well, I guess you'll have to go back! ;)
Thanks again for the good wishes.
writerjenn
Nov. 7th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jenn!!!!!!
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