How I Got My Book Deal


Sound the trumpets! Ring the bells! Shout hallelujahs from the hilltops! I have a book deal. You read that right! Delacorte (an imprint of Random House) has offered me a contract on my first two YA novels: CATCH MY GRIFT, and the aptly (though only temporarily) named CATCH MY GRIFT 2.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity. For one thing, I’ll get to work with Wendy Loggia, who has edited several of my favorite YA authors, including Libba Bray. For another, my book is getting published! This is my face right now–> :-OOO

I still can’t believe I am typing this. As the dramatic events of the last week and a half unfolded, I would update my partner on each development and think, “how is this coming out of my mouth???” Craziness! I told an agent friend that it feels like waking up one day and having someone tell you that unicorns are real.

I owe so much to my incomparable agent Laura Bradford, who knew which editors would be most interested in my manuscript, and who educated me, reassured me, and coached me through the whole process. I would be exactly nowhere without her.

So onto the forecasted release dates! Here is what we’re looking at:

CATCH MY GRIFT, to be released Fall 2014
AS YET UNTITLED SEQUEL, to be released Fall 2015

I’m also still working on that other project I started in June. And there might be a few new things coming down the pike. But CMG is back to the top of my priority list. Woo hoo!

About Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor--er, cat. TRUST ME, I'M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.
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18 Responses to How I Got My Book Deal

  1. Lynn Messina says:

    That’s very, very wonderful. Super amazing congrats.

  2. Oh, yay! Congrats!!! I’m so excited for you. Do something fun to celebrate this weekend. *cyber confetti* 😀

  3. Audrey says:

    That is so freaking exciting! Congratulations!!!

    • mesummer says:

      Thank you, Audrey! I’ve been dying to tell you, but I had to keep a lid on it as much as possible until today. I about exploded several times in the last week. *impromptu happy dance*

  4. K2 says:

    M.E. ;),

    I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!! I look forward to reading this & I still love the fact that I got a pocket dial from you the other day — b/c you’ve been on my radar since Thanksgiving — and now — I see the awesomeness — that is this news!!!!!!!!

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    • mesummer says:

      Thanks, KK! :-DD Yeah, sorry about that pocket dial. It was more a cheek dial, actually, courtesy of my not-always-so-smart smartphone. Or maybe my cheek had something really important to say to you. Who knows? 😉 In any case, thanks for the congrats!!!

      • K2 says:

        I love it!! I’ll take a “face cheek” silent moment, versus a message from the other type o’ cheek :P. Happy Holidays!!! 😀

  5. jennybennett says:

    So very happy for you!

  6. Liz Czukas says:

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! This is very welcome news today! Yay for a fellow ’14er!!

  7. R. Moses says:

    I’m sooooo happy for you!!!! I can’t wait to get it and tell everybody I knew her when…. lots of hugs!!!!

  8. Tanya says:

    I just want to say, congrats. I actually just finished reading your novel, and I’m looking forward to the next installment. What motivated me to comment though was your resource page, such insightful information for aspiring authors. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to join the ranks in the future :)

    • Mary Elizabeth Summer says:

      Thank you! I absolutely want to offer any help I can to aspiring authors, because the more books there are in the world, the better. :-) I’ve been remiss in updating my resources page for the last several months, but I’ll be rectifying that over the next few weeks. Check back for new information! And good luck on your writing journey! If I can do it, you can.

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