Monday, December 22, 2008

the book is here

So here is the thing.
28 years ago I wrote my first poem....about my flute....don't ask.
23 years ago I wrote my first fictional story about a girl named Kelin
and listed all the different colors of mascara that she wore in the story.
I believe teal was her favorite. That is jr. high literature at its best.
17 years ago I wrote my first kids book in honor of my niece Aly's birth.
It was about Nysola, a little trilly (fairy type person) from the land of Floralon.
10 years ago I attended my first writer's conference.
I began to dream of getting published.
9 years ago I was asked to submit my first proposal to a publishing company,
a picture book about a girl who couldn't stop complaining, Miss Minerva St. Clair.
7 years ago I got a rejection letter for Minerva St. Clair.
6 years ago my gift book about pregnancy, made it through two publishing comittees and a meeting with an editor before tanking.
4 years ago I was asked to submit 3 more proposals to 3 other publishers and received
very lovely rejection letters from them as well.
2 years ago with the help of Wendy Lawton, my highly esteemed literary agent (she rocks), I sold my first manuscript....and wept.
10 days ago this arrived at my house.

Dreams come true.


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22 comments:

Beth K said...

Congratulations, Sue! We are SO happy for you and can't wait to read the book! Enjoy your first Christmas as a published author!

.g. said...

I've been looking for a good book to read - can't wait!

Congratulations!

eternity driven said...

How exciting!! I'm so happy for you. The rejection letters must have been so hard to take, but look at you....you kept persevering and look at you now! What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing the whole story!! Not just the end result. God bless you and have a very Merry Christmas!

Tammy said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it. So glad your dream has come true!

Pamela said...

woo hoo! It is Christmas! Way to dream...

I hope my husband remembers to put one under the tree for me!!!

Leslie said...

I still remember the first book, Suebie. You rocked then and you rock now. So happy for you! Love you. LesP

Carrie said...

Congratulations!!! Can't wait to read it! :)

Erica said...

Okay...I already knew all this, and you still got me, Sue. My eyes watered just a little when I read it! (To quote Chris) I am SO PROUD of you. And, I can't wait to see the book...and you...in person in a couple of days. I love you!

jenny said...

Yay! So excited for you!!! (And so excited to get my copy in the mail!) Merry Christmas! =)

Leslie said...

*scream* I am so excited for you! And I am hoping I get one for Christmas :)

another Leslie

Rachel said...

Today, we celebrate you, and your dream come true. Congratulations!

Cari said...

YEAH!!! I am so happy for you Susanna!!! I knew back in high school that this day would come!!! It was all in God's timing!!! YEAH!!!! I can't wait to read it!!! I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to hug you and congratulate you in person....Congratulations, my friend, the published author!!!! Love you!!!!!
Cari Brown (Dunn)

Barbie said...

Suebie, this just made me cry I'm so happy for you! I remember the sweet story you wrote for Allie all those years ago ~ I'm so glad I've gotten be along for the journey.

Love you! Merry Christmas!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I have known you for about 300 days, but I am not surprised at the path God has led you down these last 28 years. (So funny that you were writing poetry when you were an infant. Truly, you are a prodigy.) You are a beautiful writer, a gift that can only come from the Master Creator. Congratulations Sue.

Jodie said...

Beautiful Sue, and congratulations. It's been a long road. Enjoy your success now. :)

I'd say that's a nice Christmas gift to you, huh? :)

Bonnie said...

That is so exciting Sue. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!

Kim said...

How exciting! Congratulations!!!

Leslie said...

I got your book for Christmas! I was shocked because i knew it was brand spankin' new, but i had it on my Amazon wish list and my mom got it!

Leslie
http://homeschoolblogger.com/NeverAlone/

julie said...

I had to add my congrats here, Sue. So excited and very proud yet not surprised one single bit.

PS Just received an email stating my copy is on it's way!!! Can't wait.

BizzieLizzie said...

Congratulations Sue! I know you have to be BEYOND excited! I can't wait to read this book! Merry Christmas!!

Jessi said...

So awesome!!! Congratulations! Can't wait to read it!

Lora said...

I'm LOVING your book Sue - thanks for writing it!! And congratulations on the dream come true!! (btw, it's amazing that you wrote your first poem when you were 1 year old! You're 29 now, right? :)