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CITY SHAPES sold in two-book deal!

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 Publishers Marketplace announcement came out today. At last! I have been sitting on this news for a YEAR! Feels so good to be able to shout it out!

CITY SHAPES, "a poetic journey through the bustling city discovering shapes of all kinds in everyday scenes" (PM), sold at auction to Little, Brown, in a two-book deal, to be published in Spring 2016. It will be illustrated by three-time Caldecott Honor-winning and 2014 Coretta Scott-King Award-winning Bryan Collier!

I wrote the first draft of CITY SHAPES around 2011. It was a rhyming concept book of less than 300 words (I have since revised and fleshed it out a bit more). I didn't even show it to my agent in the original batch of stuff I sent to her. I only sent it later on because one of my crit partners strongly encouraged me to do so. Thank goodness for wonderful crit partners! (She's a blue boarder, by the way.) Turned out, my agent thought we should sub it out straight away.

I almost never wrote the manuscript, in fact, because I thought it might be a tough sell. Goes to show you, don't ever shoot your ideas down before you get started! If something calls to you, just go for it, and see what happens.

Not only did it sell, but it sold in a 4-house auction. That was a surreal experience.

And it was only recently that I found out who the illustrator would be. What a thrill! (<--understatement)

Thank you for letting me share my excitement! SCBWI and these boards have been so important to me throughout my journey. I'm so grateful.


 :broccoli :broccoli :ceilingdance :broccoli :broccoli



ETA: It's out in Publishers Weekly now! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/63677-rights-report-week-of-august-11-2014.html
#1 - August 13, 2014, 11:07 AM
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 :star2 Hooray and congrats, Diana!  :star2 (And that is a LONG time to sit on good news!)
#2 - August 13, 2014, 11:14 AM

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Oh, wow!  Congrats!!!!!
#3 - August 13, 2014, 11:15 AM
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 :yay :yay  Diana that's wonderful!!! Congratulations!!!  :fireworks :fireworks
#4 - August 13, 2014, 11:16 AM
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 :congratulations  WOW!What  :star2 AMAZING :star2 news, Diana!!!!!  :hurrah:
#5 - August 13, 2014, 11:17 AM
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Huge congratulations! Loved the story behind it too.  :fireworks :yay :fireworks
#6 - August 13, 2014, 11:19 AM
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Holy cow Diana, that's fantastic!!! Congratulations!
#7 - August 13, 2014, 11:21 AM

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Congrats Diana! Can't wait to see it in print!
#8 - August 13, 2014, 11:22 AM
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Such a long wait, but well worth it :)    :hairdude
#9 - August 13, 2014, 11:22 AM

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Hi, Diana! Saw this on PM and did a happy dance for you at my desk! (My co-workers think I'm weird.)
 
Congrats!!!!  You are on fire!   :bbq
 
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#10 - August 13, 2014, 11:23 AM
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Fantastic, Diana! So thrilled for you! And Bryan Collier, no less! I'm seriously impressed.

Just curious, what was the other book? Was this a manuscript that came through The Garage?

Congrats!!!

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#11 - August 13, 2014, 11:38 AM
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  Wow-EEEEEE! Huge congrats, Diana!
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FANTASTIC!!!
#13 - August 13, 2014, 11:54 AM
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:fireworks 4 house auction? WOW! :fireworks Illustrated by Bryan Collier? WOW! :fireworks 
#14 - August 13, 2014, 12:21 PM
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 :wow  That is amazing! Congratulations!  :yay :goldstar
#15 - August 13, 2014, 12:29 PM

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Yay! What awesome news. Congrats and best wishes!
 :congratulations
#16 - August 13, 2014, 12:38 PM
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 :hurrah: Wow! You must be thrilled! Congrats!
#17 - August 13, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Wow!!!! Big news, spilled!!!! :)

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#18 - August 13, 2014, 12:43 PM
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Incredible news, Diana! And how wonderful to have such an accomplished illustrator! 

Yay for that perceptive Blueboarder, whoever s/he is!!
#19 - August 13, 2014, 12:47 PM
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#21 - August 13, 2014, 01:04 PM

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Holy BUCKETS!!!!  Awesome news!  Congrats to you!   :yay :partytime :hairdude
#22 - August 13, 2014, 01:06 PM

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What wonderful news, Diana!!! Great topic and concept ... my little kindergartners used to be fascinated by all the patterns they saw in cities.
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#23 - August 13, 2014, 01:17 PM
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Wonderful news. And sounds like a great project!  :fireworks :yay
#24 - August 13, 2014, 01:29 PM
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Outstanding news! CONGRATULATIONS!


And your illustrator? WOWZA!


Can't wait to see your new book on the shelves.
#25 - August 13, 2014, 01:36 PM
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 :partytime  Congratulations!!!  :partytime
#26 - August 13, 2014, 01:45 PM

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Really happy for you, Diana! Go get 'em!!
#27 - August 13, 2014, 02:00 PM
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Wow, what a story! Congrats, Diana!
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Yesssssss! That's wonderful!!!!! :confetti
#30 - August 13, 2014, 02:36 PM
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