While I was duly disappointed that confetti did not, in fact, rain down at the exact same moment as “Offer” appeared in my inbox and I was even more peeved to learn that despite just receiving a book deal I had to, yanno, actually do work that day (the nerve, I tell you!), I nevertheless was super excited to get to celebrate with friends and family.
I got my “yes” in the form of an email on a Monday morning with the subject line “Offer for Alive.” It was a huge surprise since we were actually waiting for the book to go to an acquisitions meeting at another house that week and so I hadn’t been expecting much just then. I won’t lie. I think I got through about half of the email before calling Rob. Which was quickly followed by calls to my parents–I had to track down my mom through a friend of hers that was visiting because I didn’t want her to be the last to know!–and my critique partner, Shana.
Since that was the day that I knew my book would be a book (!!!), we had a few friends over for pizza and champagne.
And later that week, I was lucky enough for one of my sweet friends to come down for even more champagne!
And Emily gave me this:
Which was, of course, only subtle peer pressure to go with her favorite company…
And then, for reasons mostly unrelated to the adorable Mickey sitting next to my laptop, I DID decide to go with Disney! And since the official Publishers Marketplace announcement is out, here it is:
Chandler Baker’s debut ALIVE, pitched as in the vein of Gayle Foreman and Lauren Oliver, about a girl recovering from a heart transplant, whose recovery (acclimating back to home and school life) also introduces disturbing side effects and hallucinations that haunt her every day, as she soon discovers the line between life and death is more fragile than even a girl with a replacement heart could imagine, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, with Laura Schreiber editing, at auction, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House on behalf of Nick Harris at The Story Foundation.