Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Change is in the air -- the nip of Autumn, a new president-elect, and a new publishing home for me in a whole new genre! I can finally announce my news! I just sold my Young Adult novel CLICK in a 2-book deal to HarperCollins, and I couldn't be more thrilled! (As evidenced by the many exclamation points on this page!) Today I spoke on the telephone for the very first time with my new editor, Sarah Sevier, a woman with great taste in books. :-) She is also as nice as can be. I'll keep you posted with news about the book as time goes by, but this is my ghost story that I have posted about here in the past.
I ADORE this story, and I LOVE the characters. If this photo of the old house looks familiar, it's because I've posted it here on my blog before. It's the picture I looked at while I wrote the book--because it reminded me of the image in my mind of the "haunted" house in my story. I also listened to some mood music while I wrote--a soundtrack of my book, you might say. I chose the soundtracks to the movies IDENTITY, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, and GIRL INTERRUPTED. To the writers reading this--making a soundtrack that fits the tone of your story and listening to it as you write really helps to put you into the scene. And it's fun to do. I use ITunes and buy the songs I want then make a playlist under the heading of my book's title. Give it a try!
I suppose this sale in a different writing genre (and with two different publishers offering on it!)will have to count for my "do something new" challenge for the past couple of weeks since I've been too keyed up to accomplish much lately!
Change is good!