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Friday, May 11, 2012

Writing from THE PLACE: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate a Book Deal!

Happy Book Deals!

Yes, this is a huge! The way I view books is that each book that gets published is like a small miracle. There is so much involved in actually selling a book, and any and every sale should be celebrated. But wait...once it finally happens, what is the best way to celebrate a book deal?

We here at THE PLACE (at least the ones who contributed!), being Cory Putman Oakes Jessica Lee Anderson, Bethany Hegedus, Madeline Smoot, Stephanie Pellegrin, Kari Anne Holt, and ME, have chimed in with ideas on the best ways to celebrate when you finally make that sale!

We give you...

 (which, we realize, is a bit more than 10)

From Tricia (me):

1. Buy Official Book-Deal Boots

2. Receive presents from your friends inspired by your books

Thank you, Jessica, for the Scarab Heart necklace! *love*

3. Pop a bottle of bubbly aptly named after your main character!

4. Get a new author photo
5. Mob your new editor at ALA Midwinter and TLA and take smiley, happy pictures with her

Me with Susan Chang. Don't we look so happy together! :)

6. Get a massage.
7. Cascarones! No book deal is complete without them!

From Bethany:

For real:
1. Cartwheels and confetti
2. Buy something to commemorate the book’s theme
3. Cook your family (or rather have them cook you) your main character’s favorite meal
4. Begin working on the next book—it’s all about the process
5. Pop open the champagne and toast your hard work

For giggles:
1. Speak as your main character for the entire day, including your daily run to the grocery store. When you get strange looks—ignore them.
2. Have your kids throw you a parade. Authors never get parades—or tickertape.
3. Rest on your laurels—now that this book has sold the movie deal is just around the corner.
4. Pick out your dress for the Newbery or Printz Awards. Scratch that—make it the Pulitzer.
5. Practice being interviewed for the Today Show for after the Newbery/Printz/Pulitzer is awarded to you. With your talent, they will totally bring back non-celebrity children’s author’s being given a three minute segment on the couch with Curry.

From Cory:

2. Pull out all of your old rejection letters and snicker at the short-sightedness of those who missed out on this awesome book!

From Kari:

1. Buy cowboy boots (Kari knew about the boots!)
2. Go to the candy store!
3. Show it to the waitress at the coffee shop so she will finally know you're important enough to deserve food service
4. Not just wine - but wine that's not from a box
5. Run up and down the street shouting "I GOT A BOOK DEAL! I GOT A BOOK DEAL!"
6. Make a t-shirt: "Ask me about my book deal"
7. Send a present to your agent. Maybe some of the candy you bought at the candy store.

From Madeline (who went for the practical):

1. Splurge your advance on bookmarks. 
2. Buy you future book a domain.

From Jessica:

1. Take your family out to a nice dinner to thank them for their support.  An-all-you-can-eat pizza buffet totally counts as a nice dinner unless you get a bazillion dollar advance.  In that case, you should take your family to Disneyworld. (Yes!!!!! Disney!!!!!)
2. Dress in attire inspired by your protagonist when you sign the contract.(Not sure if my Skeletor t-shirt counts)

From Stephanie:
1. Buy pants. (because, she thinks, from the above list I will have eaten too much candy :))

Thank you, guys!


Sherrie Petersen said...

Congrats, PJ! Just saw the announcement in PM. So very awesome!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Sherrie! I'm really happy :)

Angela Brown said...

PJ, those are some awesome boots and love the Piper champagne bottles. Having read Solstice, you soooo deserve this. I'm very excited for you and look forward to showing my support when TUT comes out as well.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Angela! I love my boots. They make me so happy every time I wear them. Thank you so much for all your support always!