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It all started here at the BB with my first post, a request for critique help for my Upper MG novel. Fast forward a few years and countless revisions . . .

BUTTERFLY GIRL will be published by Clear Fork Publishing! They are a fast-growing small press headed by editor and publisher, Callie Metler-Smith, along with a staff that handles Art and Communications/Marketing.

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Callie Metler-Smith of Clear Fork Publishing has acquired debut author Sarah Floyd’s Butterfly Girl, an MG novel about twelve-year-old Meghan who, abandoned on her grandfather’s Oregon farm, stumbles on an ancestor’s magic spell book . . . and sprouts wings. When her absentee-mother shows up with superstar plans for her Winged Wonder Girl, Meghan must decide if a Hollywood life with the mother she longed for is worth leaving the friends who stood by her, and Grandpa, who loved her before the whole world knew her name. Publication is scheduled for Fall of 2017. Essie White of Storm Literary negotiated the deal.

This book means so much to me--it's a coming-of-age story, but also my personal coming-of-age in learning how to write for publication. It will be a thrill to finally hold this book in my hands!
Thank you all for the many years of friendship, tough-love critiques, and support that have brought me to this milestone moment! Blueboarders are the BEST!!  :love5
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#1 - December 03, 2016, 09:39 AM
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Congratulations!!!
#2 - December 03, 2016, 09:55 AM
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 :running  Big congrats, Sarah! I'm so happy for you!  :hurrah
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Congratulations, Sarah!  :stars3
#5 - December 03, 2016, 10:47 AM
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Sarah, I'm so happy-dancing--and happy for you!!!  :love5 :partytime
#6 - December 03, 2016, 10:55 AM
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What a great story, ButterflyGirl!!! :congratswave
#7 - December 03, 2016, 11:01 AM
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SARAH!!!! I'm so happy for you, and especially that your first deal is the book of your heart!

#8 - December 03, 2016, 11:33 AM
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Thank you for the cheers and kind comments!  :love5 Some of us go way back . . . it's wonderful to be part of a community where friends understand the journey, and what it means when Yes finally comes through.
Kell--This truly is the book of my heart, autobiographical is some ways (except the wings--I wish!) :star2
#9 - December 03, 2016, 11:52 AM
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 :congratulations Happy for you, Sarah!
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Saw on Twitter, ran to BBoards to celebrate here too...SARAH!!!  :running :running :running I am OVERJOYED for you!!!  :yay :congratulations :fireworks :hairdude :thewave WAHOOOO!!!!  :yeah Hard to think of a more deserving person.  :love5 :grouphug2
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#12 - December 03, 2016, 01:17 PM
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 :star2 :star2 :star2 :yay Oh, Wow! Holy Cow! Yeah for you and Butterfly Girl!!! I'm so happy for you, Sarah . . . I think I might cry. It is so sweet to learn of your much worked for success! Love Butterfly Girl!! :star2 :star2 :star2

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So, so good! Congratulations!!
#14 - December 03, 2016, 01:46 PM
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Thank you ALL so much! Your cheers are making me teary-eyed. :thanx

Mirka--I'm so glad we're agency sisters! Thanks for your support!
Hilary--Our behind the scenes chats kept me going through The Valley of Doubt and Despair. I appreciate your friendship so much!  :hug

Cali--Don't get me started! Sniff!! You were my first (and forever!) CP, we met right here on the BB. You have made me a better writer. Thank you for your friendship.
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#15 - December 03, 2016, 02:24 PM
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Sounds amazing!!!!!! COngratulations!!!

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#16 - December 03, 2016, 02:35 PM
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 :congratulations Congratulations, Sarah! Wishing you and your book all the best! :fireworks :stars3 :dancer
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        Happy Dancing with you, Sarah!
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Happy for you! Congrats!   :stars3
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I'm so happy for you, Sarah!!!! Huge congratulations!!!

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 :yay Congratulations, ButterflyGirl! That's terrific news! :congratulations
#21 - December 03, 2016, 05:07 PM
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 :yay I'm so incredibly happy for you, Sarah. I knew it was just a matter of time--and I can't wait to celebrate again when everyone is able to read your debut MG. :congratulations
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Omigosh! Sarah, I'm so thrilled for you!! It's really wonderful when someone who's been on this board as long as you have finally gets published (and the book sounds GREAT). Can't tell you how good it makes me feel.
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This is such terrific news, Sarah!! :stars3 Your story sounds wonderful and I'm so glad it's a dear-to-your-heart story. That makes the first book extra special.
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Fantastic!! I love that your BB name and MG title are the same!!!
#25 - December 03, 2016, 06:51 PM
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I am beyond thrilled for you!!! :flowers2 :flowers2 :flowers2 Congrats!
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Congratulations, Sarah! That's wonderful! :running
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Congratulations, Sarah! :yay
#28 - December 03, 2016, 09:10 PM
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Sarah! I am so SO excited for you! And over the moon happy for you! You are such a talented author and a wonderful person and I just don't know what I'd do without you! Your journey has proven that great talent will always persevere  and wonderful books will always find a home. I cannot wait to hold BUTTERFLY GIRL in my hands. It's such an awesome story!!

The greatest things happen right here on the BB!!  :)

Tons of hugs and love for you!! I am SOOO proud of you!  :applause :goldstar :flowers2 :love5 :dancer :yippee :yourock
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:yay I am thrilled for you!!!
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