I can finally share the news!

Last month, I posted some photos after a family trip to Washington, DC.  But there was one I couldn’t share at the time.  

Okay, I guess I could have shared it with a caption that said “Here I am outside the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.” 

But that would have led to comments like “Who’s on the phone?” and “Why do you look so awestruck and goofy?” 

And I would have had to give one of those cagey, secretive, I’m-not-allowed-to-tell-you-yet answers that frustrate blog readers so much.  So I kept quiet, mostly.  But agent-goddess literaticat says I can spill the beans now.  It was her on the phone, telling me about the news that hit Publishers Marketplace today.

June 21, 2008
Middle grade 
Kate Messner’s MARTY MCGUIRE, FROG PRINCESS, an illustrated chapter book about a second-grade tomboy who would much rather be a scientist than a floofy pink ballerina; she is cast as the reluctant lead princess in the class play, with wildly unexpected and comic results, to Kara LaReau at Scholastic, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2010, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

By the way, a bunch of my LiveJournal friends share the credit for this sale – I revised MARTY this past winter, under the encouragement of jbknowles‘ January Revision Club.  Thanks, Jo and friends, for the community cheers along the way.

As for my photo…if there were a caption, it would simply say “EEEEEEEE!!!!!!” 

After Jenn shared the news, I closed my phone.  Then I skipped the entire length of the National Mall.  I don’t think my feet have touched the ground since.

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