12 March 2013

So, this happened...

A long, long time ago (maybe not too long ago…try fourteen years) in a world far, far away (okay, Vermont, not so far…) I took a bet: $25 if I could survive a year at a military university.

I won the bet.

I’ve never gotten my $25 (and, yes, I’m still bitter about that), but I took my adventures and wrote a little book about it. Because ever since third grade when I wrote that story about a dude ranch, a lighting strike, and love in the rain (a total rip-off of the old Nickelodeon show Hey, Dude), I’ve wanted to write stories that other people would read.

Agent Awesome, Mandy Hubbard, loved the book and helped nurture it into a thing of incredibleness (Yes, I can use made-up words: this is my blog.).

Then a few people in New York read it.

They loved it, too.

Then Mandy called. And I was all:

Somebody liked my book more than WE did and was interested in buying it. Then I had to be quiet. And remember to breathe. And also remember that Mandy is my agent, not someone I can cuss at over the phone and yell things like "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR" and nearly swerve off the road because I was driving when she called and I was too interested in the news to tell her I was driving...

And now, I can proudly scream my barbaric YAWP from the rooftops of the world.

Because I’m not at all melodramatic and, more importantly, because yesterday…THIS HAPPENED:

Debut author Joy N. Hensley’s THE PANDORA SOCIETY, in which a teen joins the first class of girls to attend the prestigious Denmark Military Academy, but when the brutal hazing starts, she discovers she’s the target of a centuries-old secret society, one that will stop at nothing to drive her out, forcing her to trust a boy she can never, ever fall for, in a two book deal, in a pre-empt, in a significant deal, to Jennifer Klonsky at Harper Teen, by Mandy Hubbard at D4EO Literary.

I’ll definitely have more details later, but I pretty much can’t string together many coherent thoughts and currently look like this:


Pam Pho said...

Congrats! That is awesome!

Unknown said...

YOU SHOULD TELL ME WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING. I can't go killing my clients. Although death by good news might be a good way to go....



Stephanie said...

CONGRATS!!!!! So so exciting!!!!!

And PS, I was a HUGE fan of Hey Dude!!!!

Mandie Baxter said...

So happy for you! And man, LOVED Hey Dude!

Temre Beltz said...

Joy, I am so very happy for you! Congratulations - what wonderful, wonderful news, and I can't wait to see your story in print.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

Oh, congrats you! I am so thrilled this will be in print. I didn't want to say anything at the time, didn't want to get your hopes up, but I KNEW. I swear, I KNEW, the second I finished reading the draft. I knew this book would sell.

Oh, and you will love Jennifer Klonsky. She edited Geek Girl. She is fabulous.

Tossing some confetti in the air for you!

Vonna said...

I thought I heard a barbaric YAWP! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Finally a book that I can recommend that I know the author and can call her friend! :0) You Rock! YAWP!

Megan Crane said...

Congratulations! Such great news!

Jess Stork said...

Gah! That's such awesome news! Can't wait to see the cover design and such when they come out. Maybe a big group of us from the Novel Retreat can come out for your first book signing. Congrats!

Kristina L. Martin said...

I am so very happy for you. Selling Pandora Society is well worth not getting your $25 for winning that bet, right? :)

Gayle said...

Joy We are so proud,and excited,for you hope it will lead to bigger and better things for you.
Remember us Aussies when your big time. Gayle

Anonymous said...

Way to go. You have worked so hard. Can I get a signed copy? Tracee

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