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The Awesomeness of Terrible/Wonderful, No-Good/Very-Rad Days

Remember a couple of months ago, how I had the most hectic day ever, yet it was still awesome?

It happened again recently, where my “real life” had me pretty occupied, yet my “literary life” demanded sudden attention.

Here’s the upshot of it, as reported in the Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf:

Catherine Onder at Disney has acquired debut author R.C. Lewis’s Stitching Snow, a sci-fi YA thriller due out in summer 2014. In the book, a royal teen runaway is scraping together a living in a mining settlement on the far side of the universe, until she is discovered and “rescued” against her will. Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the two-book, six-figure pre-empt.

Mind = boggled … maybe even scrambled Saturday-morning-egg style.

Thanks to friends who’d been through the process before me, I’d been prepared for the long slog of submissions. More months of waiting, more rejections, maybe some close calls where we didn’t quite get through acquisitions. Even when we had whispers of possible good news, my stupendous agent was great about keeping me grounded. Yay, step in the right direction! But nothing’s guaranteed.

I was ready for that, I think. But I was very fortunate things fell into place just as they did. Maybe I just shouldn’t bother having expectations anymore, because nothing ever turns out quite as I expect.

I’m beyond grateful to Jennifer for everything she’s done and continues to do. She pushes me in just the right ways. I also have amazing critique partners. Big group-hug to everyone at AgentQuery Connect. Mindy in particular (Yo, BBC!) has talked me off the ledge more than once. (You know the ledge … the one every writer visits now and then that says, “I Can’t Do This!”)

So, what does this all mean?

It means it’s time to get to work.

*rolls up sleeves*

*dives in*

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19 Responses to β€œThe Awesomeness of Terrible/Wonderful, No-Good/Very-Rad Days”

  1. Richard says:

    Hey, you’re a class act. And you deserve the good fortune. Congratulations.

  2. Dahlia says:


  3. Jemi Fraser says:

    Still happy dancing and smiling for you!!! πŸ™‚

  4. MarcyKate says:

    You already know how overjoyed I am for you, but once again with feeling: CONGRATULATIONS!! WOOHOO! πŸ˜€

    (and now I really do get to say “I knew her when” heehee!)

  5. Suzi says:

    Congratulations! What terrific news!

  6. Rena says:

    Oh Congratulations!!!

    I’m so excited for you and your book. What a crazy/wonderful past four months for you.

  7. Exmoorjane says:

    WHAT????????? I kept thinking I must check in and see how you’re doing (been a long time and all) and so I do and…. OMG!!! That is just totally fabulously wonderful news, Rachel. I am SO chuffed for you. Go forth and conquer! Janexx

  8. Beyond thrilled for you, RC. Totally beyond thrilled.

  9. Hahaha, I’m going to be showing off your book to all my friends at college saying, “Hey, you know the girl who wrote this awesome book? Well, she was my math teacher. Yeah.”
    πŸ˜€ I know I already said it, but like Marcy here, I have got to say it once more with feeling: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  10. T.L. Bodine says:

    Dude, awesome! This is so amazingly exciting πŸ™‚ Congrats!

  11. janealfalor says:

    I’m still so super excited for you! This is such stupendously wonderful news. Congratulations!

  12. Damn, RC! That’s freakin’ awesome!

  13. S.Q. Eries says:

    woohoo! that’s crazy awesome wonderful! congrats!

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  15. Paul Dillon says:

    This is an outstanding achievement. Congratulations! It’s definitely well deserved.

    I won’t be surprised to hear you’ve sold the movie rights to Stitching Snow as well.

  16. D says:

    Woman, I am so proud of you! You are one of the most determined, strong-willed and compassionate people I know. I am thrilled beyond words that this opportunity has come to you and that the world will finally know your talents.
    CONGRATULATIONS doll. You deserve this more than anyone I know.

  17. Cat Woods says:

    Well done, my dear. You so deserve this with your awesome writing skilz!

    Can’t wait to buy this and add it to my growing collection of awesome writers I knew before they hit it big!

    You rock!

  18. R.C. Lewis says:

    Thanks so much, all! It’s definitely been a weird and wonderful way to wrap up this summer. πŸ™‚

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