Thursday, November 06, 2008

My hands are shaking!

I'M THROWING A BLOCK (BLOG) PARTY!!!

I'm thrilled, stunned, crying, laughing and pinching myself purple.

I just sold a THREE-BOOK DEAL TO SCHOLASTIC PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually, my AMAZING agent did. But I sweated over them!!! Over the last 6-7 years that is.

I've had so many rejections It would take me an hour to count and list.

So I'm not.

I kept failing. But I kept failing BETTER. Rewriting so many times I can't even tell ya that either.

Please celebrate with me!

There's tons of food, drinks galore, a whole table loaded with every kind of dessert you can think of! Please eat - it's all non-caloric - throw balloons at each other, high-five with me. Toss confetti, dance, wiggle your hips, cry, weep, laugh. OH YEAH, BABY!!!!

I am blessed to know you all and to have gained so much wisdom, advice and much-needed doses of perseverance over the past couple of years when I was seriously ready to give up.

28 comments:

moonrat said...

it's such an inspirational story :)

it's true, if a book is good, the time will eventually come for it!!

ChrisEldin said...

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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thank you so much, Moonrat! I really appreciate the kudos!!!

And thank you Chris for the fun congrats!!!

I feel like I'm still spinning . . . better eat more cake. And those tarts are really yummy, too.

JKB said...

I'm over from Moonie's.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

(And I hope you sell many, many more!)

Arjay said...

Moonie sent me too. Here's i high five. Keep up the good work.

Arjay

PS: That chocolate cream pie is tremendous.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Gosh, thanks so much for coming over arjay and jkb - and for the congrats! Have some more pie - and have you tried the strawberry tarts yet?

I see you're from Germany jkb - wonderful! I'm actually working on a movie treatment for a German producer right now. ;-D

ChrisEldin said...

Yours is an inspiring story--I'm so happy your perseverance paid off!!!

Emily Marshall said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AC said...

Woot woot! Congratulations on your BOOK DEAL. Wow, looks fabulously good in print. Book Deal. Best of luck on your writing career. (off to take a whack at the pinata...)

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANK YOU, Emily and AC!!!

Better run for the pinata before the kiddos beat ya!

writtenwyrdd said...

congratulations!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thank you, writtenwyrdd!!!

Janette Rallison said...

Congrats Kimberley and pass me the chocolate!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANK YOU, Janette! Still floating over here, but I'm fixing you up a plate of double chocolate cake with Bunny Tracks ice cream and fudge sauce.

The Golfing Librarian said...

I don't know you, but I'm thrilled for you! Big time props!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Hi! Thank you for stopping by, Golfing Librarian, and for the warm congrats! Be sure and grab a plate of food! It's always great to meet librarians - some of my favorite people. And you're in Georgia - very cool. My first book, THE HEALING SPELL is scheduled for Summer 2010 and set in the steamy bayous of Louisiana. ;-D

The Golfing Librarian said...

I came with Janette -- She's my date for this party, she just doesn't know it. ;-) (Janette and I grew up together.)

BTW- The stuffed mushrooms are to die for! I must get the number to you caterer!

Uma Krishnaswami said...

Kimberley, many hugs, coming to you all the way from India.

xx

Uma

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Uma - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! And you're in India right now - Wow! Hope you're enjoying all your family and friends.

I truly cannot believe this is happening. After so many years of rejections. It's euphoric and surreal.

Thanks for taking the time to post a comment and for all the kudos. Be safe in your travels and I look forward to seeing you in person sometime!

Hardygirl said...

Thanks so much for the par-tay invite! I love it over here in your blogworld. Your good news is exactly what I needed to hear (as well as your honesty about the rejections . . . and rewrites . . . .and waiting . . .and waiting . . . and waiting).

WAY TO GO!!!!

Sarah Frances

Katie said...

Rock on!!!!!! I wanna be you!!!!

Thanks for popping over to see us :-)

Glad to meet a new friend!

Katie

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANK YOU Sarah Francis and Katie for coming to my celebration! It's so fun to have you here! (I read you on Bloglines btw. ;-D)

You gals are just so cute and SO sweet with your fun congrats - it makes my day to meet new writers. I've been this sort of invisible writer plugging away for soooooooooo looooooooooooooong and eavesdropping on everybody else's success stories. This sale to Scholastic feels surreal.

My journey has had more twists and turns than most people so I've decided to post the whole *sordid* story soon so stay tuned.

I'm also on LJ:
http://kimberleylittle.livejournal.com

Hardygirl said...

I can't wait to hear your "sordid" story! I loved reading about Lindsey Leavitt's journey to publication that she put on her blog. It helps me to keep things in perspective--it often is a crazy twisted journey.

Miss Brecken said...

WOW! where have I been?! This is great news! Congratulations!

And now for the secret hope... they ship you to New York and we can see you.

(the word verification is "blest"...how did you make that happen?)

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANK YOU so much for the congrats, Brecken! The whole thing is so unreal and exciting.

Yeah, wouldn't that be nice to personally sign contracts in the offices of Scholastic??? Yahoo! But I think my agent is trying to get the contracts here in the next few weeks so probably not with the holidays coming so soon.

Really - "blest"? How very cool! Thanks for telling me. I certainly do feel blessed.

Kerri said...

I found my way here and want to say congratulations! That is so exciting and I can't wait to read them.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANKS Kerri! Welcome to my little corner of the YA writing world.

Your blog looks interesting. Where are all the women from in your "four corners" blog?

Kerri said...

I'm in Germany, as is Jen, the others are from Brazil, Texas, Virginia and Toronto. We're worldly women :O)

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