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Well, as my YA projects continue to seek a home, I've been having some significant progress on the adult book front. Soon I'll be signing my 6th contract with Annie's Fiction. I write cozy mysteries for them for several of their series.

When I think that last year I had only one decade-old nonfiction pubbed and now...I'll have three hardcover books in print by the end of this year. Three more next year. I'm so grateful for this opportunity--which a blueboarder introduced me to.  :thanks2 :flowers2 You know who you are!

It wasn't too long ago when I felt like It.Will.Never.Happen. The blueboards helped enormously, encouraging me to keep going. They helped me make the decision to leave my first agent, which was hard but the right thing to do. The support and wisdom is invaluable here.  :bunnyrun

Obligatory advice: Don't give up. Keep writing. And keep your eyes open to opportunity. There isn't only one path to publication.
Sign me amazed!  :love5:
#1 - June 12, 2014, 05:41 PM
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#2 - June 12, 2014, 05:46 PM
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 :gogirl SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
#3 - June 12, 2014, 05:57 PM

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elizabeth, will you be at the Entangled Conference in Las Vegas?

And CONGRATULATIONS!!!
#4 - June 12, 2014, 06:11 PM
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No, Marissa, not this time. But I'd love to go to one.
#5 - June 12, 2014, 06:24 PM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth! So, so happy for you!
#6 - June 12, 2014, 07:44 PM
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 :fireworks  So happy in a million ways for you!  :star2 :star2 :star2 :star2
 
You do realize, now that you're super amazingly busy, something is bound to happen on the YA front. That's a law of the universe.  :yup
#7 - June 12, 2014, 08:06 PM
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A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart series #1) coming from Kensington Books, staring March 2016

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Hooray!


Congratulations on all of your publishing success and thanks for sharing this inspiring post, too. 
#8 - June 12, 2014, 08:52 PM
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Hey, Elizabeth! That's wonderful news. It's always nice to hear success stories.
#9 - June 12, 2014, 09:14 PM
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This is truly wonderful news, Elizabeth! Congratulations! :star2
#10 - June 12, 2014, 09:37 PM
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Congrats, Elizabeth! So happy to see your good news -- you've had a quite a journey already. Where will you go next???

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#11 - June 12, 2014, 09:48 PM
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 :hurrah:  Congrats!
#12 - June 12, 2014, 10:38 PM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth!  :whitebunny :whitebunny :flower :whitebunny :whitebunny
#13 - June 12, 2014, 11:05 PM
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Brilliant news, Elizabeth, and thanks for turning your good fortune into encouragement for the rest of us here.
#14 - June 12, 2014, 11:49 PM
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#15 - June 13, 2014, 04:50 AM
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Elizabeth, that is wonderful news. This is a great place to hang out, isn't it?


 :congratulations :gogirl
#16 - June 13, 2014, 05:11 AM
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Elizabeth!!!  :wow :yay :gogirl An embarrassment of riches or talent?  :ha I am so proud of you and what an inspirational story! Wishing you many, many more successes, and that YA WILL find a home!  :grouphug2: :spock
#17 - June 13, 2014, 05:52 AM
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 :yay This is so awesome. I love this! Big Congrats!!   :superwoman
#18 - June 13, 2014, 06:12 AM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth! What a ride. I agree that blueboarders are an amazing wealth of talent and nice.
#19 - June 13, 2014, 06:13 AM
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Wow, how exciting! Congratulations, Elizabeth!! :fireworks
#20 - June 13, 2014, 06:24 AM

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That's fantastic news! Congratulations. It's really amazing how much can change in a year. Here's to another great one!   :wine
#21 - June 13, 2014, 07:28 AM
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Wow! This is really great news! Congratulations, Elizabeth!
#22 - June 13, 2014, 08:07 AM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth! What an inspiring story of perseverance. Thank you for sharing it! :yay
#23 - June 13, 2014, 08:24 AM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth! Persistence pays off!  :bananakilt
#24 - June 13, 2014, 08:28 AM

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Not enough emoticons to express the type of congratulations your success calls for. I can't imagine how excited you must be! What a great example that dedication pays off and, despite what happens over the years, never doubt what you have to offer. The universe is embracing you. Stay warm in its hug.
#25 - June 13, 2014, 08:49 AM
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Thanks for the reminder that persistence pays off, Elizabeth!  I needed some encouragement today.  :gogirl
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Wow, that is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
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Congratulations Elizabeth!!! Thank you for sharing and encouraging all of us.
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 :yay   Congratulations!

#29 - June 13, 2014, 02:20 PM
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Congratulations, Elizabeth!!!  :yay :yay
I love hearing your success story! :hurrah:
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