The Big Writerly Reveal, Plus Happy Dances

Another reason I was excited to go to SCBWI this weekend: I finally got to talk about the big news I’ve been holding onto for a little while now. From Publisher’s Marketplace:

“Annie Cardi’s debut QUEEN OF THE AIR, about a teenage girl struggling to balance high school, passing Drivers Ed, and a new relationship while trying to keep her mother’s progressing mental illness — delusions that she is Amelia Earhart — secret, to Hilary Van Dusen at Candlewick, for publication in Spring 2014, by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary. Foreign: Taryn Fagerness Agency.”

It’s happening! It’s actually happening! Happy dances ensue!

* dance dance dance *

I am so excited to be working with Hilary, who is one of the most amazing editors ever, and the rest of the Candlewick team. I absolutely love Candlewick as a whole, so this is the best possible situation for me. And a special shout-out to my fantastic agent Taylor and the Full Circle team for handling all the legal ins-and-outs to get us to this happy announcement. (Taylor, you rock!)

Another big thank you goes to the wonderful people of the PEN New England Children’s Book Committee. The road to publication really intensified after the Bloom award, and I’m not sure where I’d be without PEN.

This has been such a life-changing event. There’s still a lot of work to do before the book is published (!!!) but I couldn’t be happier. The only way to fully describe my emotions is with the Love Actually Laura Linney happy dance.

I hope your Monday is full of happy dances, too!

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