I got this out-of-the-blue note in the mail yesterday.
How could I forget? This is a color copy of a photograph showing the actual giraffe that bit the head off my doll. This was taken post-bite. Look how disgusted my mom looks. I had no idea this photo existed, but I am so glad it does.
Speaking of giraffes, I feel a little funny about posting more news so soon–like I am being greedy or something, but…
Once again, so many thanks to my agent, Brooks Sherman. I had not planned to write a picture book, but he encouraged me to try it. I did, and when the story was ready, he found a wonderful publisher for it. [Writers: Listen to your agents. They are usually pretty smart–I know mine is.]
I am thrilled to be working with Mary Kate at Bloomsbury Kids. I was able to meet both her and Rotem, my editor for Hook’s Revenge, when I was in New York a few months ago. They are amazing. I know I am going to learn a lot from each one.
I’m very lucky.
I’m very grateful.
You know how I feel about giraffes, right? So. I wrote one that ruins absolutely everything, but at the end of the day, he’s pretty likable.* I don’t quite know what happened. I suppose it’s true what they say: Writing is therapy.
To celebrate, I bought myself a t-shirt of this image. I think it perfectly sums up the happy beginnings of my writing career.
Want your own? Get it here. (I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I just like to share the awesome.)
So, that’s it.
All Most of my secrets have been revealed. All the big ones anyway. My hair can deflate and things can get back to normal. Or, you know, normal for me. Whatever that means.
At least until next week, when I announce the sale of my new YA. (Kidding!) (Probably.)
*Don’t think for a second that I have let my guard down. Just because I happened to write one that I rather like doesn’t mean I have forgotten the truth: Giraffes are dangerous creatures. Hide your wife. Hide your kids.
Update: If you are interested, Giraffes Ruin Everything is now up on Goodreads.