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NONE OF THE ABOVE - sold (at last!) to Balzer & Bray

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Even the blind squirrel gets the nut sometimes! It's been a LONG time coming (I first joined the Blueboards in 2008!) but I am so thrilled to finally be able to announce a sale:

I.W. Gregorio's YA debut NONE OF THE ABOVE, pitched as Middlesex meets Mean Girls, about a girl who discovers she is intersex and must brave the fallout when her whole high school finds out, to Alessandra Balzer and Sara Sargent at Balzer + Bray by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media (North American).

For those who would like all the gory details, I blogged about my journey and getting my agent at https://iwgregorio.wordpress.com.

Most importantly, I need to thank Verla, Rose and all of the other amazing moderators of the Blueboards for providing such a comprehensive and supportive community for kidlit writers. I could not have made it through two manuscripts, two agents, dozens of revisions and months of submission torture  :beating without you all.  :thankyou  :grouphug2:

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Ilene
#1 - November 04, 2013, 01:25 PM
Ilene Wong (AKA: I. W. Gregorio)
NONE OF THE ABOVE (Balzer & Bray, Fall 2015)
rep'd by Jessica Regel Foundry Literary + Media
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Yay for happy writer endings -- congrats, Ilene :fireworks
#2 - November 04, 2013, 01:38 PM
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:yay Congrats!!!
#3 - November 04, 2013, 01:40 PM
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:congratulations Ilene! Awesome news!  :fireworks :fireworks :fireworks :fireworks :fireworks 
#4 - November 04, 2013, 01:43 PM

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Wow! Such fabulous news. And so happy that the Blueboards were part of that journey!
#5 - November 04, 2013, 01:44 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sounds like an intriguing premise!

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#6 - November 04, 2013, 01:51 PM
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Congratulations Ilene!!
#7 - November 04, 2013, 01:54 PM

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YES! Congratulations. :confetti
#8 - November 04, 2013, 01:55 PM
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Sounds fantastic. Congratulations!!
#10 - November 04, 2013, 02:05 PM

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Congratulations! Fantastico! :yay
#11 - November 04, 2013, 02:12 PM
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 :yay :yay CONGRATULATIONS! I really enjoyed reading some posts on your blog about your journey so far.  :partytime
#12 - November 04, 2013, 02:24 PM
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 :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah :congratulations :hurrah :hurrah :hurrah
#13 - November 04, 2013, 02:27 PM

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 :yay

Congratulations!!
#14 - November 04, 2013, 03:05 PM

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Congratulations! ( I think I was the critiquer you couldn't concentrate on at NJ SCBWI!!)

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#15 - November 04, 2013, 03:09 PM

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WOW! Great news!  :fireworks  :congratulations
#16 - November 04, 2013, 03:22 PM
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Congratulations!!!!  :fireworks :fireworks
#17 - November 04, 2013, 03:26 PM

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 :shootingstar AWESOME !! :star2
#18 - November 04, 2013, 03:27 PM
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Wow! Sounds amazing -- congrats!!!! :yay :partytime
#19 - November 04, 2013, 03:41 PM
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so great to hear!! yay for you and your tenacity!!!! Love the premise!
#21 - November 04, 2013, 03:59 PM
ICE DOGS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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 :wow I am SO happy for you!!!  :yay :congratulations :yeah :hairdude
#22 - November 04, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Congratulations--great news!
#23 - November 04, 2013, 04:11 PM
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Ilene, your book sounds wonderful. Congratulations!
#24 - November 04, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Woo hoo! Congratulations!
#25 - November 04, 2013, 04:34 PM
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Oh wow, this novel sounds so interesting! Congrats!!
#26 - November 04, 2013, 05:14 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
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Sounds like a great book! Congratulations on your long journey finally coming to fruition!
#27 - November 04, 2013, 05:43 PM

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So very exciting!!! Yay! Congratulations!!!
#28 - November 04, 2013, 05:46 PM

Congratulations!!!!
#29 - November 04, 2013, 06:02 PM
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Congratulations! That's fantastic news.  :partytime  :partytime :partytime
#30 - November 04, 2013, 06:08 PM
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A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart series #1) coming from Kensington Books, staring March 2016

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