What's Up Wednesday: REALLY AWESOME NEWS edition

I'm catching the What's Up Wednesday hot air balloon from the blogs of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Go to Jaime's blog to add your link and make the rounds to get to know other bloggers!

Here's how it works:


WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY
It's similar in some respects to the Currently... post, but it's been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You're invited to join us if you're looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what's been going on with you.

WHAT I'M READING
I'm in the middle of a reading blitz. We had MNYA Writers on Saturday, I re-read a fun, flirty manuscript by Becky Barrow, and I've been moving through my huge pile of books from the library. No doubt my favorite this week was THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni, a rich, compelling historical YA novel set just after the Civil War. I absolutely LOVED it - the not-overhanded-historical feel of it, the mystery, the sweet romance.

I'm currently re-reading THE GREAT GATSBY for next Monday's Book Club and am about to start my sort-of annual re-read of my all-time favorite book, GONE WITH THE WIND.

WHAT I'M WRITING
My goals for Ready. Set. Write! have changed. We discussed the first 30 pages of BEAUTIFUL BIRD, SING ON at our MNYA meeting on Saturday and while I'm itching to work on it, I've shifted gears back to WAITING FOR THE SUN - and for very exciting reasons.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I've mentioned "other stuff" the last couple of weeks. One huge part of that was preparing to launch YA Buccaneers, which we introduced on Monday, July 1. And as exciting as that is, I've got even more exciting news.

I signed with an agent last week! I'm thrilled to officially announce that I have accepted an offer of representation from Becky Vinter of FinePrint Literary Management.

This has been an incredibly positive experience for me and a huge step toward achieving a lifelong dream. My writing journey to this point has been long and winding, with breaks and detours and babies along the way. Today, to borrow a phrase from WAITING FOR THE SUN, I'm on the right path. I know it.

With so much going on, I haven't had time to properly celebrate, but I did enjoy a super delish turtle brownie and I finally found a pint of my all-time favorite ice cream flavor, Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, which I haven't had for years.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I'm inspired by my family, friends, writing teachers, critique partners, readers, and other writers along the way who have believed in me, encouraged me, told me that my work was shit, told me that my work was amazing, reminded me to never give up on my dreams. I'm inspired by the authors who have traveled this path before me and, of course, the readers. I've often said that if I can make a difference with my writing, no matter how small, I'll have succeeded. I'm one step closer to doing that.

My most sincere thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged me along the way - and remember, don't give up. Someday soon I'll write the "how I got my agent" post and tell you exactly how long it's taken me to get to this point, but for now, enjoy this:




So, friends, what's up with you?

Comments

  1. I know it's not Wednesday (in my neck of the woods), but it is where you live - so I can jump all over this post!

    I am so, so, SO, very excited for you, Sara. This journey we take to publication is not an easy path, but you have overcome one of the biggest hurdles...and for that, I am just so thrilled for you. So well deserved and Becky is AWESOME.

    Congrats, my friend - I can't wait to see WFTS on the shelves at my local B&N!

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    1. Thank you so much for everything, Erin - you've been such a huge support during this process. Lots of love sent your way!

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  2. I'm so glad to hear your hard work is paying off in such an exciting way! Congratulations and I hope in the middle of all the busyness you'll get the chance to celebrate like crazy, but also to sit back and savor this. Who knows? Maybe sometime soon we'll be featuring your book on YA Buccaneers. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping for a chance to celebrate with a nice dinner - and I heard a rumor that we'll be having champagne at book club next week. :)

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  3. GAH!!! I just knew this was going to be your news and I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! What a great week! Congrats on your representation and congrats on The YA Buccaneers! I hope you have another wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! It's very exciting and it was a challenge to not spill the beans right away!

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  4. CONGRATS SARA!!!!!!!!! *throws confetti everywhere* I can't wait to hear more about WFTS and how you nailed Becky. So excited for you and all the hard work you have done. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I'll be cleaning up confetti for a long time! :)

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  5. YAAAAAAAAY! Congratulations on your huge, exciting news! That is all kinds of fantastic. :-)

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  6. Congrats! You're on a roll this week wishing you loads of success!

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    1. Thanks, Jessie - it has been a pretty amazing week!

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  7. Congratulations! That's great news! So happy for you!

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  8. A HUGE congratulations, Sara!! Here's hoping your road to publication will be smooth and filled with wonderful things! Soooo happy for you! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi - glad that we've connected to share in the journey! :)

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  9. This is wonderful, congratulations!!!! Yay!!

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  10. Yay, yay, yay! Congrats on your awesome agent news!

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  11. Sara, I'm so, so, so happy for you. Yay!!!! It's only a matter of time until I'm coming home from the bookstore with a copy of WFTS. :)

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    1. Thank you! Pretty sure you'll get a chance to read it one more time before it gets that far.

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to have a mini-celebration with you all on Monday!

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  13. Congratulations, Sara! You stuck with and clearly, your hard work has paid off!

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  14. What? Sara! That's AMAZING. I'm so excited for you! I hope your revisions go really really well as you get it ready for Becky to start submitting. I'll be cheering the whole time!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully one of these nights I'll get back on the #ReadySetWrite track and we can write together! :)

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  15. I think everything else you said this week has been completely overshadowed by "oh, by the way, I GOT AN AGENT!!" ;) Mega Congratulations, Sara. And that's Super Mega Congratulations with a large scoop of Ben & Jerry's on top. I'm very excited for you, and I too wish you all the very best with your revisions. I hope things go smoothly for you, and that Becky can find the perfect home for your novel. :)

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    1. Hehe, thanks, Colin. I'm kinda sneaky that way. Thanks for your good wishes!

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  16. Congratulations on getting an agent :D

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  17. Aaaah! Congratulations! That is HUGE news and I am so happy for you. I'm looking forward to reading more about how you wound up with Becky. I hope it is a long and fruitful relationship!

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  18. I love sweet historical romances, will add The Caged Graves to my list! And congrats on getting an agent, so awesome!

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  19. Congrats on the Buccaneers, and for signing with Fineprint!

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  20. WOOOOOHOOOOOOO! I am SO FLIPPIN' EXCITED for you! I remember about a year and a half ago when I'd just had an R on a full: I coped by reading your post on rejections and you commiserated with me. AND NOW LOOK WHERE YOU ARE! I can't wait until I get to buy your book and say "I know her, and she's awesome." The biggest congrats in the world :)

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    1. Thanks, Becky - that means a lot! I hope it won't be long before we're offering YOU the biggest congrats in the world as well! :)

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  21. Such awesome news, Sara! I'll say it again: CONGRATS! :D

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    1. Thanks, Jaime - and thanks for all your encouragement and support along the way!

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  22. Love love love this post! Love WFTS! And...thank you! Thank you for sharing your work and for being as encouraging as you are! I am so happy for you!
    HUGS

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    1. <3 Thank you for everything - for loving WFTS even when it was a scrappy little thing, for all your support and love.

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  23. I am very happy for you on signing an agent! That is such a big hurdle, and now that you've leaped it, you are that muh closer to the finish line. Though, are we ever really at the finish line s writers.

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    1. Thank you - and isn't that the truth! :)

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  24. Congratulations on your agent!!! Can't wait to read your book! :D

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  25. Congratulations on getting an agent!

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  26. Yay! Congrats on getting an agent!!!! And Ben & Jerry's is a great way to celebrate. :)

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    1. Thank you! And I think I should get another pint! :)

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  27. Congrats on getting an agent! So exciting! I love Gone with the Wind. A few years ago, I was in Atlanta for a basketball tournament and went to the Margaret Mitchell Museum. It was so cool to see her typewriter where she spent hours and hours writing. Good luck with your writing goals! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I've always wanted to go to the Margaret Mitchell Museum - hopefully someday!

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  28. Wooooohoooo! Major congrats, Sara! This is such awesome news and I am super happy for you. :) Can't wait to see your book(s) on the shelves!

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  29. Ah, my re-read of the Great Gatsby has been on pause. So thanks for the little reminder to finish! I remember reading about the caged graves and finding it fascinating! The book looks equally intriguing!

    Um, CONGRATS on signing with an agent!!! OMG! What really awesome news. Your title was not kidding! :) You deserve all the ice cream (and by the way, your ice cream choice is impeccable! That's a super yum flavor.)!!!

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  30. I'm catching up on my blog reading today...and wanted to say CONGRATS AGAIN for signing with Becky!!! Can't wait to see what other exciting things are in store for you. :)

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  31. Congrats on signing with an agent!!

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  32. Congratulations on your news! Happy celebrating to you!! Christy

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  33. Congratulations Sara! I signed with my agent last month and I think it's all still sinking in. Feel free to send me an email if you'd like to "OMG I can't believe this!" over the whole experience. :) I'm right there with you!

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  34. Congratulations!!! I am so slow getting to these What's Up Wednesday posts, but was pleasantly surprised to see yours had such great news. I'm so happy for you. :)

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  35. Congratulations! That is so exciting.

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