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One of my books has had a troubled history. I  worked extremely hard researching this particular book, so it means a lot to me.

For some reason  the book wasn’t available to bookstores for the first year.  (No distributor.) Then during the following six months, there was another glitch. It wasn't widely available until its third year.

So it never did as well as I thought it should have.  Still, it did attract some attention and got some good publicity and reviews.

I just got a letter yesterday informing me that this book had been sold as part of a core curriculum package deal. Along with the announcement came a check for TWICE the amount of my original advance.

So I’m doing a happy dance.

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#1 - November 09, 2013, 06:09 PM
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OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN
THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE
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Wow, Betsy! Thrilling news! Stories always find the best homes, right?!  :fireworks
#2 - November 09, 2013, 06:12 PM
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That is wonderful news! I'm so glad you shared!
#3 - November 09, 2013, 06:14 PM

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So exciting, Betsy! :)
#4 - November 09, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Love stories like this!!!
#5 - November 09, 2013, 06:22 PM
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I love that something like this could happen after all this time. Congratulations!  :fireworks  :yay
#6 - November 09, 2013, 06:23 PM
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wow great story! Congrats! Love to hear this.
#7 - November 09, 2013, 06:35 PM
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That's so cool!  Happy for you and your story!!
#8 - November 09, 2013, 06:46 PM
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Yay, Betsy!!!!!!!!!!!   :love5:  I'm so happy for you!  The money is terrific, but the fact that your 'baby' is now getting to shine and get into the hands of oodles of more kids is the best part of all.
#9 - November 09, 2013, 08:07 PM

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Very cool!
#10 - November 09, 2013, 08:09 PM
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That is completely awesome, Betsy.  :fireworks
#11 - November 09, 2013, 08:11 PM

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Oh, Betsy, that's great! Recognition and  :dollar  :dollar
#12 - November 09, 2013, 09:05 PM
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So happy for you, Betsy!  It's so nice when good things happen to good writers!  :autumn
#13 - November 09, 2013, 10:58 PM

Yay, Betsy!

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#14 - November 09, 2013, 11:40 PM

Yay Betsy!  That's great news!
#15 - November 10, 2013, 01:04 AM

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That's a wonderful story--happy for you and for your book!
 :yay
#16 - November 10, 2013, 01:27 AM
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Ellen,

Very, very cool! What a nice surprise!!

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#17 - November 10, 2013, 04:44 AM
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Ellen,

 :yay A second chance at life for one of your books is BETTER than a first time sale. Dancing along with you  :bananadance :broccoli :woo :ceilingdance :chickendance :partytime :pickle  :congratulations

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#18 - November 10, 2013, 04:47 AM
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Hooray!!!
#19 - November 10, 2013, 04:52 AM
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BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
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Fantastic!  I'm happy for you and your book.   :autumn
#20 - November 10, 2013, 04:59 AM
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That is WONDERFUL news!! I love those kinds of surprises.
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#21 - November 10, 2013, 06:00 AM
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YAY! Betsy! That is wonderful news!
#22 - November 10, 2013, 06:08 AM
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What a hopeful and encouraging story! That's so cool. :yay
#23 - November 10, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Congratulations! It's great to know that your book managed to shine through despite all the barriers. Here's hoping other curriculum developers jump on the bandwagon!
#24 - November 10, 2013, 06:28 AM

Oh, what happy news!!! Congratulations, Betsy!

 :yay :yay :yay
#25 - November 10, 2013, 06:33 AM
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That's wonderful news! So happy for you!!!

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#26 - November 10, 2013, 06:56 AM
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Fantastic, Ellen! Congratulations!
#27 - November 10, 2013, 07:34 AM
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So lovely to hear that a slow start doesn't always mean that much - and to hear that your book will be getting a wider audience. :autumn
#28 - November 10, 2013, 08:20 AM
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:congratulations  What wonderful news, Ellen!! And  :dollar :dollar :dollar just in time for the holidays!
#29 - November 10, 2013, 08:32 AM

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Great news, Ellen! So happy to hear it!  :yay
#30 - November 10, 2013, 08:42 AM
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