Friday, January 20, 2012

"Are you sitting down?" Kind of news.


"Are you sitting down?" Agent of Awesomeness began the phone call with.
"No. I'm standing. I'm better at standing," was my response.

Most of you know that I write paranormal and fantasy for both YA and Adult, but I do write contemporary YA that has a thriller or mystery element to it. One novel in particular, called Don't Look Back, has been out on submission with my awesomely awesome agent Kevan Lyon.

Don't Look Back was a really different book for me to write. First off, there's no aliens or demigods in it. Not even a dragon, but there is a really swoon-worthy guy(s) and a strong heroine. Of course. This is me we're talking about. I loved writing this story, so I was thrilled with the potential of it getting out there. Also, it's pretty cool to jump genres.

So, yes, my exciting news is books news.

"Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK, pitched as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars, featuring a teen girl who had it all until the night she and her friend go missing, and she loses all recollection of who she is, but must piece together a life she no longer wants and the events that led to her friend's disappearance, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English). Foreign rights: Taryn Fagerness Agency"



Yep, You read that right. Don't Look Back  found a home with Disney Hyperion and their stellar group of editors (squee- Emily Meehan!), marketing, sales, and authors. And a second book found a home with them--another YA contemporary thriller/mystery unrelated to Don't Look Back. Image my face when I got the news that two books sold to them in a preemptive deal., It pretty much looked liked this:



You know, because I was like, I so heard that wrong and then I was told that was what I heard. And then I was all like this:




I don't really think any of this has sunk in. It was the same with my first publishing contract with Spencer Hill and then with Entangled. It took days for me to wrap my head around that I was actually accomplishing my lifelong dream. Honestly, I have been so, so lucky with my publishing ventures. I have had nothing but great experiences with Spencer Hill and Entangled. Obviously, since I still have books coming out with them in the future.

So, YAY, Internet confetti for everyone!

I know I'm going to get some questions about my other books. Here's my attempt to answer them before they occur:

Does this new deal effect the Covenant Series?
No.
Does this new deal effect the Lux Series?
No. And actually, there will be probably be some news about that soon. Weee. And no, I will not tell you want that means. GIGGLE.

Anyway, I think I'm going to celebrate or something. But first, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who has supported my books so far. I heart you. *Wipes Tears* Honestly, a lot of any success I have had can be linked right back to you, the reader and blogger. So thank you. Also, I wanted to thank Angela Messer, Cindy Husher/Thomas, Carissa Thomas, and Julie Fedderson who helped beta and crit Don't Look Back.

And a big thanks to those who've always knew it would sell and told me I needed to be less of a realist and more of a rainbow spewing person. You know who you are. I bow down to you.

59 comments:

  1. Why am *I* crying again? Girl, I am just so flipping excited for you I can hardly stand it. I want to jump up and down and scream from the highest mountain. You are an amazing writer and this book totally rocks. SO happy for you!

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  2. YAY Jennifer!! I'm happy for you. (Also, Dean gifs? WIN!!)

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  3. This is such fantastic news!! I swear you are like superwoman or something!! I will be in JLA book heaven with all of your books coming out. So, so happy for you! *throws confetti*

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  4. YAAAY!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! This is the best news!!! I am really happy for you, because you deserve it and more, and I know for sure your books will become very successful!
    I can't wait to read anything you write, so I am really really excited!:):)

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  5. Congrats Jen!!!!! Soooo happy for you!! You are an amazing writer, and I cant wait to read Don't Look Back:) Big congrats!! <3<3<3

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  6. So awesome!! Big congrats!! Cannot wait to read those books! :D

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  7. Love internet confetti. What an amazing deal! Congrats!

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  8. That is awesomesauce news Jennifer CONGRATZ

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  9. Congratulations Jennifer!!! This news is beyond huge and I'm extremely happy for you!!! <3

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  10. I amdo happy to see you achieving such success. It is so well-deserved.
    Congratulations!

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  11. Totally awesome! You deserve great things! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!

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  12. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    JENNIFER!
    CONGRATS!
    This is super big!
    Don't Look Back sounds super amazing. You know I'll be running all over the place just to read it ;)

    PS. Super curious about the Lux series news.

    PPS. DEAN FTW!

    -★Wendy★
    A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

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  13. Congratulations!!! That is amazing news.

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  14. Wowee!!!! *stands and applauds* Yay, Jennifer!!! :-D

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  15. Congratulations! I can't wait to read Don't Look Back.

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  16. Fantastic news - I love the sound of Don't Look Back!

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  17. That's so awesome! Congrats!! I'll definitely be adding Don't Look Back to my TBR list. :)

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  18. Congrats Jennifer!! You don't deserve any less! Your writing and books are amazing!'n MORE CRACK FOR ME! Whoooo ;) haha so happy for you :D

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  19. AMAZING! YOU ARE AMAZING JENNIFER!!! Wow! I don't mind getting broke w/ you coz I know reading your books is always worth every penny! Congratulations!

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  20. That's simply amazing!!!!!! *_* Two new books... awesome!!!! *_* I can't wait to read them :D
    CONGRATS! :D

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  21. Fifty years from now, I still am going to be bragging about signing you to all the nursing home orderlies. I plan to gesture with my pudding spoon for emphasis. CONGRATS on this incredible deal! BTW, it made the "top" deal news in the Publisher's Lunch Deluxe, as well. :)

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  22. Hooray for you...and us! Congratulations!

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  23. Congrats!!! This is awesome! You are such a prolific author!! :)

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  24. Congrats, Jennifer! This is great news and much deserved!

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  25. Congrats and rainbows and unicorns all around :)

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  26. OMG! CONGRATULATIONS! *throws more internet confetti* I love all your books so far! And you really deserve this, Jennifer! I really can't wait until this comes out, and of course, Onyx!

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  27. Congratulations!! So happy for you Jennifer!! :) ;)

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  28. Congratulations on your awesome news!

    I just finished reading Obsidian. I was up for a whole 24 hours because I couldn't put it down to go to sleep(lol). I can't wait to check out more of your work.

    And, uh, the fact that you have not one - but TWO - pictures of Dean in this post makes me love you even more. I'm so friggin' glad it's Friday and Supernatural is on.

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  29. that's a great news!! congratulations!

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  30. Congrats! Awesome news. *throws more internet confetti*

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  31. That's brilliant news!! You deserve it! I love your writing and you're so attentive to your readers! You blog lots and give us little teasers to keep us going. You are the best kind of author, the infuriating, "What's going to happen next?" kind.

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  32. I'm still on cloud nine over your amazing news Jennifer!! Don't Look Back is amazing and you are such a talented and fantastic writer!!!! I can't wait to see it on shelves and buy many many many copies!

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  33. That's an amazing news! Congratulations, Jennifer!!!!

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  34. YEA!!!!!!! im so excited for you!!!!

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  35. I've already said Congrats on Twitter, but CONGRATS again!

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  36. CONGRATS!!! Lol, love Dean's face! :)

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  37. I'll read anything you write. You deserve all the success and more. You've brought so much joy in you stories and as a reader I get to sit back and collect every single one of them. Congrats!

    Tina G~

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  38. Congrats & Yay!! Such wonderful news :-) I am so happy for you!! Xx

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    1. YAY! *Throws Confetti Everywhere* Congratulations Jennifer i am so happy for you this is such fantastic news! I'm sure you'll be very successful in all the books you write =)

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  39. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you, and for your fans as well since we get to read more of your fantastic writing! Kudos and thank you so much for sharing! :D

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  40. Congrats! That is fantabulous! *huggles you*
    And virtual cupcakes for using pics of my hunky tv boyfriend Dean Winchester ;)

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  41. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the congrats!!

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  42. Congratulations!! This means more books to read, win , win!

    I am looking forward to the cover reveal:D

    Be loud be proud!

    Michelle

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  43. Congrats! I can't wait to read it!

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  44. OMG JEN I CAN NOT WAIT! Congrats times a bazillion!

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  45. Congratulations !!!! I remember you talking about a story that you had about a girl who has amnesia, on your blog before I'm so glad that we will get to read it too soon :-) I can't wait to add it on my TBR list !

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  46. Yay! Congratulations! You write amazing stories! I cannot wait to read them!

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  47. Congratulations Jennifer! I´m so happy for you.

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  48. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. Congratulations!!! Wow, you have so many great things happening. Looking forward to hearing more about DON'T LOOK BACK :-)

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  50. Whoa! Congratulations, Jennifer! This is such awesome news! I'm thrilled for you! THRILLED! Congrats again!

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  51. So yeah...I'm uber late on posting this but CONGRATS! Your work is awesome and I can't wait for this to be released!
    -Shellie

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  52. Congrats!! You sooo deserve it, and I'm happy for you, can't wait for it to be released.

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