Back in July, I made the announcement that I’d signed with my fantastical agent for my YA Contemporary, PLAY ON. Today, I get to make another announcement.
Not even gonna lie–I SCREAMED. That’s my name. That’s my book. And I’m so floored that it’s actually going to be a book book. SHC is the perfect home for PLAY ON. My little book will be in the hands of the fabulous Danielle Ellison, who not only loves the story, but gets it.
Most writers have a manuscript they lovingly refer to as the story of their heart. PLAY ON is mine. It took years to work up the guts to write this story. There are so many real-life experiences that went into this book–some bad (making it hard to write), many good (strangely making it even harder to write). When I finally opened up that terrifying blank document, the manuscript took barely a month to draft. Austin and Marisa’s story was ready to be told, and I’m thrilled that the world will be able to read it.
Thank you so, so much to all the beta readers who put their time and effort into this manuscript (Nykki, Steve, Veronica, KK, and Cristina). To Kelsey, Megan, and Dahlia, for allowing me to pick your brains and for encouraging me to trust my gut. To Linnea, who lets me camp out in her inbox on the regular, deals with my author craziness, and tells me when my cheesy lines are TOO cheesy. I can’t forget my Book Bunnies and Revision Warriors, because they’re some awesome cheerleaders.
And thank you, thank you, thank you to my wonderful agent, who’s the best hand-holder/support system a writer could ask for. Also to Danielle, who sees this story not only for what it is, but for what it can (and will) be. To all the folks at SHC: I can’t wait to be part of your team. 🙂
Now, dear readers? It’s happy dance time.
And I think Luke Bryan deserves another appearance. Because it’s my blog and I do what I want.