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2nd-biggest news of the whole year...

...and NOTHING except having a baby could have eclipsed this in my news for 2008! I am SO thrilled to be able to finally tell you guys, after a few intense and freaky and wonderful weeks of negotiations:

Via the amazing bgliterary, the Kat trilogy has SOLD to Hyperion!!!!!!!!!! Kat by Moonlight will be published in hardcover sometime in the spring of 2010, followed by Kat by Starlight in 2011 and Kat by Ghostlight in 2012.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't even express how happy I am - not just with this deal, which is great, and with a fantastic publisher whose line-up really fits my books in every way...and not only to be finally publishing my first books after dreaming about just that ever since I was seven years old, 24 years ago...but, most of all, that my first published books, after all those years of dreaming, are going to be the Kat books, which have brought a whole new level of joy into my life.

I started Kat by Moonlight in the spring of 2006, loved it, felt inspired and intensely happy to be writing it - then forced myself to give it up only two chapters in, because it wasn't a Practical, Sensible, Career-Oriented Project. It made no sense to write a light, funny Regency YA fantasy when I "knew" I was a serious, dark adult writer! What had I been thinking? When I finally gave in and went back to Kat by Moonlight in 2007, I did it despite the fact I still believed it was completely impractical and NOT the smart way to spend my writing time - but I still couldn't resist, because I loved Kat and her sisters much, much too much to stay away from them. And when I finished the first draft of KbM, I knew the smart, sensible thing would be to write a totally unconnected book next, because I knew KbM might never sell, and then I would have officially wasted my time with Book 2 - but I wrote the first draft of Kat by Starlight anyway, because I just couldn't stay away from Kat and her family and their crazy magical adventures.

All those choices went against every practical bone in my body - and I am so, so glad I made them. I love that my first three published books really are going to be the books of my heart, the books I wrote (and am still writing) because I loved them too much to stop. Even if they hadn't sold, I would have written Kat by Ghostlight anyway - but I LOVE that they get to go out into the world. (And I'm actually getting paid to write them - something I couldn't have resisted doing anyway. How incredible is that???)

I am very, very happy. :)

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merriehaskell
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
STEPH!!! I am so freakin' proud to know you, and I'm so freakin' happy for you, and you are a TOTAL WRITING ROCKSTAR, and I'm laughing so hard I might cry! You so deserve it.

Oh, man. This is fantastic. What good news! This has turned my morning around.

And what a great lesson in writing what you love and damn the planning and seriousness!


Edited at 2008-08-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

And you're so right - we can & should do all the planning and sensible moves we want & need in our writing careers when it comes to the practical business side (filing receipts, querying agents/publishers, etc., etc), but what I've really learned from this whole process is that I CANNOT let myself think that way about the writing itself - we have to just follow the joy!
ex_kaz_maho
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

*throws confetti*

Steph, I'm so happy for you! Seriously, this is wonderful and has put a big smile on my face. Many congratulations. I'm so glad you followed your heart. I can't wait to read about Kat!! :)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *loving the confetti!*
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stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!! I think you're right - the book I wrote just beforehand was such a "sensibly chosen" book to write, which I'm certain is what made it lack that important, indefinable spark, whereas Kat is just filled with my love and excitement about the characters. SOOOOOO much more important than any "practical" marketing decisions!
carriejones
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
YAY FOR YOU AND KAT AND BARRY!!!

I am soooooo happy for you and your spunk and your ability to be non-sensible occasionally.

And I'm happy for all of us because we get to read it all.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Barry TOTALLY rocks - his absolute belief in the book and the trilogy, from Moment One, has just made a world of difference. I am sooooo lucky in my agent!
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buymeaclue
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Well done. :)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!!!!! :)
jimhines
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!!!!! Congratulations!!!

And I really believe there's a lot to be said for writing what you love rather than writing what's "practical" at the time. From what I've seen, the lovers tend to do better, and to be happier with their choices in the long run :-)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!! And I think you're so right - writing for love is totally the way to go! (And maybe even more practical in the long run!)
_stranger_here
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh Steph, I'm so thrilled for you! And now we have a whole trilogy of Burgis books to look forward to reading, so it's good news for us too!

As far as I'm concerned, you covered "practical" just by getting this thing sold before having the baby. Now everything's coming up roses, and it couldn't happen to a nicer person. Huge congratulations, and I hope you and Patrick will celebrate like mad.
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! And ohhh, was it nice timing to sell the trilogy pre-baby. :) Luckily, the edits aren't due till the end of February...so with some really smart baby-juggling between me and Patrick AND a good babysitter starting in January, the timing should all work out fine. (Knock on wood!)
squirrel_monkey
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
OMG CONGRATS HOW WONDEFUL!!!!!!! And well deserved, to boot.
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so ecstatic about it. :)
snurri
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Very pleased for you :-)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
susansugarspun
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
HOORAY! This is such wonderful news.
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I am so happy about it. :)
lingtm
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Whoo! Congratulations! I'm excited for you. But why does it have to be 2010? Can't they move any faster on that?
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I wish it could be earlier - but publishing is so slow that apparently Spring 2010 is actually considered somewhat fast, if you can believe it! ;) I'm supposed to turn in my final edits at the end of February 2009, and then I guess they need a year of build-up before it can be published. So many mysteries I don't totally understand yet! But I'm hoping to learn quickly.
splinister
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so pleased for you Stephanie. You deserve it entirely.

Congratulations on your fantastic news!
ravenedgewalker
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
congratulations! can't wait to read it :)
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robvagle
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Great news! Congrats! This is even better than the short story sale earlier this week! :-)
stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! And oh, yeah. Isn't it funny how good publishing news comes in clusters? It always seems to be that way for me - I'll go for months and months with no sales, and then BAM! Multiple ones hit at once...and then back to radio silence!
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stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!! And - from your lips to God's ear. ;)
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stephanieburgis
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!! We think as one - I just made myself a gorgeously fatty chocolate ice cream milkshake. :)
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