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Post-Draft Delirium, Spring Previews, and the Two Sisters Reading My Book

I continue to put my all into revising 17 & Gone and I’m thrilled to say I finished my draft around midnight last night and then sent it in. My entire body ached. Every muscle. How this is even possible from sitting in various chairs (café chair, wheelie chair at writing space, wheelie chair at home) for hours on end is beyond me… It’s not like I’m writing and doing gymnastics at the same time… though it feels that way. EXHAUSTED. I felt like I was sinking into the mattress when I collapsed into bed last night, and I’m still in a daze a whole day after. But did you catch the good stuff?

I finished another draft of my book!

That means I’m that much closer to being done and on to copyediting and on to ARCs! (Which, if you are are blogger or librarian who reviews YA novels, you can still get on this list to request an ARC of 17 & Gone when they become available here.)

In my post-draft delirium I witnessed two exciting things happen today.

The first is that 17 & Gone was mentioned in Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2013 Sneak Preview—scroll down and down until you come to Penguin/Dutton. (And just wait till I tell you about the book mentioned with mine—The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist—a manuscript I recommended to my editor because I fell in love with it after a train ride home from a writers colony! I’m so excited about Gordon’s book, you have no idea. I’ll save it for another post when the cover and summary are both out so I can tell you all about this amazing novel by my friend, but in the meantime add it to your Goodreads shelf. Thank me later.)

And the second thing that happened while I continued to be in a post-draft delirium this afternoon, was this odd piece of news someone told me about on Twitter: Malia and Sasha Obama went to the Strand Bookstore in New York City and bought some books to read. GUESS WHAT ONE OF THOSE BOOKS WAS. I am not kidding. I thought it was a joke at first, but here, it’s on People.com!

I really hope Malia and Sasha like Imaginary Girls. It’s a book I wrote for my sister—and I love more than anything when sisters read it. My sister and I are both so exciting about this!

What a delirious day, no?

Come to think of it… I’m so tired… my eyes can’t focus… I am actually not sure if I even woke up today? Do you think I’m still asleep, still dreaming?

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6 thoughts on “Post-Draft Delirium, Spring Previews, and the Two Sisters Reading My Book

  1. woo! I can’t wait for 17 & Gone. No seriously I can’t, I even did a WoW before you’re even done with it, but I’ll try to be patient and not cry about it all the time ;D

    Oh and about those sisters reading your book? they have good taste. My heart warms for you at this moment and I’m shoving the article in people’s faces so they can get the book ASAP.

  2. Oh. My. God. Nova!! I don’t know which piece of news I’d be more excited about. But I have to say…having the president’s daughters buy your book, and then People writes about it? That’s pretty damn amazing. I only wish they’d gotten a picture of the girls with Imaginary Girls in their hands!

    This post reminded me to lend my copy of Imaginary Girls to a visiting 12-year-old relative. She used to be such a huge reader, and sadly, this summer, she seems to have put more energy into her phone/texting than reading any books. Up until this summer, I thought Imaginary Girls might be just a touch too old for her, but now I think this is the type of book that might pull her back into reading. I’ll let you know if I have any success!

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