Prepare Yourself For The Muppet Flail Of A Lifetime

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I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!

Spencer Hill Press has offered me a contract for the publication of PULL!!!

SHP
OH HAI PUBLISHER.

WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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Before we go any further, some of you are VERY CONFUSED INDEED.

“But Anne!” you say. “I thought you already had a book deal? For Shadows? With Compass Press?”

Yes. Yes I did. And I still do. But there are some MAJOR differences between the two deals.

I’ve already talked this over with Heather McCorkle (senior editor at Compass) and she agrees that, while the Compass deal was legitimate and also fabulous, it was done mainly to save the story of The Clearing–which later became Shadows of the Hidden–from fading into oblivion (or “Bolivian,” if you’re Mike Tyson). Heather had read the book and loved it, and when I reached the point of pulling it from publication, she offered me a contract in order to salvage it.

Thank you, Heather, for being awesome and believing in my book!
Thank you, Heather, for being awesome and believing in my book!

So it WAS a book deal–there was a contract, and my book got a makeover, and I got a lot of amazing exposure. But the way it came about–quietly, calmly, as an alternative to an early book grave–left me feeling like I was still waiting on The Deal. I wanted another agent, I wanted to go on submission, I wanted all the tension and waiting and expectation that comes along with being on sub.

And lo, I got it.

Heather agrees that this deal with Spencer Hill is THE DEAL. It’s what she hoped would happen for me, and now…

IT HAS HAPPENED!!!

So a big CHEERS to Heather for the role she has played in my writing career. Thank you Heather, and thank you Compass Press!

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SO!

Now that you are (hopefully) no longer confused, DO YOU SEE WHY I AM MUPPET FLAILING?!?!?!

Spencer Hill is AWESOME. They put out some seriously amazing books, and they are growing like crazy. If you think you’ve heard of them, you probably have–especially if you roam about in Twitterland like I do. Kelsey Macke, Megan Whitmer, and Dahlia Adler are just a few of the fabulous authors debuting with SHP in the near future. So yeah–it’s an incredible press, and I get to be a part of their family!

*Edited to add: I’ve just been told that Anna Masrud, editor at SHP, was the one who first fell in love with PULL. So I’m pretty sure I owe A LOT OF THINGS to her. Thank you, Anna!! I can’t wait to work with you and Danielle!

While I’m talking about awesome people, I’d like to go ahead and mention this lovely gem.

Hello, fabulous Agent Emma!
Hello, fabulous Agent Emma!

I’ve fangirled over my agent, Emma Patterson, pretty much every day since I signed with her, and you’re probably all tired of hearing about how amazing she is, but SERIOUSLY SHE IS AMAZING.

From the first day we agreed to work together, Emma has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. She believes steadfastly in my work and always finds the perfect balance between affirming me and spurring me on to better writing. Talking to her is like talking to an old friend who knows exactly what you need to hear, except she also knows everything about publishing and contracts.

(And listen, there is NO WAY I could have handled this contract without her. I can’t even describe how overwhelming it looked to me, but she took the reins and steered us right through negotiations without even the tiniest flinch. She fought to get me the very best possible deal, and without her, I wouldn’t have nearly as shiny a contract as I have.)

So: THANK YOU, Emma, for your confidence in me and your superhero ninja powers of negotiation. You are the best, the absolute BEST EVER. You deserve ALL THE SCONES. And one day, I will get my happy little self up to Brooklyn and we will go out together, and we’ll talk and laugh, and maybe cry about the fact that we live a gazillion miles away from each other, and your hair will be gorgeous because that’s what your hair does, and I’ll tell you all my crazy stories, and we will avoid Times Square together because I’m still emotionally scarred by that one New Year’s Eve thing, and it will be marvelous.

I also need to thank my dear, wonderful husband, who would absolutely die if I posted a picture of him here.

Oops.
Oops.

He is just the best, y’all. Lets me go write whenever I want and always reminds me that my writing is important, even when I feel like quitting. I LOVE YOU, ROB RILEY!!!

(Bonus: He’s super cute.)

There are about a zillion other people who have contributed to this day, but I’m too fuzzybrained to even ATTEMPT to thank them all right now. (Don’t worry–I’ll thank you all in PULL’s acknowledgments!!!)

Over the next few days, I’ll post details about how everything came about. But for now, I will leave you with a small token of awesomeness in the form of me, a couple weeks ago, signing my contract:

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Contract Pic

Thank you for everything, Grasshoppers. This is only the beginning.

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39 thoughts on “Prepare Yourself For The Muppet Flail Of A Lifetime

  1. Lynne Whitehurst says:

    Congratulations Ann! I loved The Clearing…(that’s the book title I have)…and I will definitely purchase Pull. Exciting news…all the best to you going forward!

    1. Anne Riley says:

      Thank you! And thanks for answering all my DMs and tolerating my general impatience. You made it easier to wait!

  2. Melissa M. says:

    Congratulations!!!! I loved The Clearing and can’t wait to see what big things are in store for you next!

  3. Emma says:

    I, for one, never get tired of hearing the amazing-ness of Emma! 🙂 Ahem… seriously though, I adore you and I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I look forward to your trip to Brooklyn, and I hope you come in August, when my hair frizzes like no other and makes me look like a poodle.

    1. Anne Riley says:

      Consider me (hopefully) Brooklyn bound! And I refuse to believe this poodle business. Nope. There is no way this happens. :):):)

  4. Mary Jo Kynerd says:

    Anne, what a wonderful blessing you have received!!! Wow, a published author in the real book world!!!! So proud of you and pleased for you! The best is yet to be!!!

  5. Laurel says:

    So excited for you!!! Congratulations!! And thank you for adding a flailing muppet to my day. 🙂

  6. Joanne Rock says:

    I trust Anna and Danielle’s taste in books implicitly, so obviously I’m dying to read your story!!! Congratulations on the new deal and a big, huge welcome to Spencer Hill!

  7. Krissi Dallas says:

    PULL is seriously one of my FAVOREET BOOKS!! I can’t wait to see how Spencer Hill develops it even further with you! Count me in for any and all promos when the time comes. #HotBritishGuysFTW

  8. Jessica Naccari says:

    You’re amazing, and I’m so, so, SO happy for you! We’re going out and celebrating very soon!

  9. Mercedes M. Yardley says:

    I am so thrilled for you!!!!! And you know I’m nuts about The Clearing. I was devastated when you were going to pull it, because it was so good. I’m so glad it was redone, and you have THE DEAL, and life is rainbows and butterflies! You deserve it, my girl!

  10. Janice Greer says:

    Loved The Clearing! Can’t wait for Pull! Congratulations from your Sylacauga fans! We love that Rob Riley, too!

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