Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Biggest Announcement Ever

You've walked with me through a large chunk of my 12-year writing journey.  Some of you have followed this blog from its inception, and some of you came along a bit later, but you've all BEEN HERE in one way or another.  That's why I'm certain you'll share my joy at the following:






I have nothing to add.  I am utterly OVER THE MOON.

That smile?  Completely genuine.  I asked my lovely daughter for an Author Photo Shoot, and smiles have never come so easily.  (A lot of it had to do with the fact that she's a fabulous photographer and makes you feel like a model during the shoot!  But I may also have had an inordinately large store of inner glee.  Because BOOK SALE!)

I can't even call this a Cinderella story, because she didn't have to wait TWELVE YEARS for her dreams to come true.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me!  And oh, my dearest writerly comrades--KEEP PURSUING YOUR DREAMS!  Because if after 12 years I can finally say I've made it, then ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Absolutely anything!

76 comments:

  1. Congrats! Dreams do come true!!!!:)

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  2. I was so hoping your unveiling would mean a book deal for you! Congrats!!!

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  3. I've been so hoping that the festivities of the past weeks would lead to an announcement like this. Huge and hearty congratulations!

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  4. OMG, it sounds utterly amazing. So thrilled for you, Jill, and I can't wait to have it on my shelf!

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  5. I'm SO thrilled for you! I wish you all the best in this new chapter! :)

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  6. So happy for our dear daughter, Jill, her long wait is finally over & we'll be celebrating w/her & family when we visit soon!!!!!

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  7. WOO HOO! This is so exciting. You deserve this, Jillian. Not surprised at all.

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  8. !!!!!!!!!!! YES! CONGRATULATIONS! I've entered many a Secret Agent contest over the years~ this blog has been a huge part of my writing journey, and I couldn't be happier for you!!! Can't wait to read the book!

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  9. I am so completely thrilled for you!!!!!!!!

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  10. Yay! I knew this was coming!! So happy for you! And I'm glad this came so soon after the reveal! I've been on metaphorical needles. I was just about to comment on the last post about when this announcement might be coming. ^_^

    Also, in Cinderella, the real one, she totally had to wait a long time. They just skipped all the floor scrubbing years to get to the fairy part. ^_^ Danielle is like a fairy, then?

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  11. Hooray! I wondered, too, if the unveiling had to do with the fact you'd gotten a book deal. So excited for you!

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  12. Congratulations!! This makes me so happy, and I CANNOT wait to read your book!!!!

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  13. YES!!! Huge congrats! So excited for you!!!

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  14. YAY!!!!! I can't wait to read it!!! I mean I can because I have to, but I'M CERY EXCITED!

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  15. I'm so excited for you. I know what a long journey this has been. With a lot of ups and downs. You deserve this.

    Your Hobbit sister.

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  16. Congratulations! That is the best news and exactly what I hoped had happened when you decided to reveal yourself to us all. You deserve it more than anyone.

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  17. Congratulations! So happy for you!

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  18. YAY!!!! HUGE CONGTRATS! You are always an inspiration.

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  19. I am ecstatic for you! Congrats and all that jazz.

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  21. Absolutely over the moon for you. Have to say I cried a happy tear for you. Congratulations, I cannot wait to see your books in print x

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  22. So happy for you! You've worked for this, and it's well-deserved. Congratulations!

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  23. SO happy for you! I keep coming back to your blog for advice, so I have followed your progress off and on for years. You've given so much to the writing community at large; I'm glad it is your turn for good news. Congrats!

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  24. Yay!!!!!!! I clapped when I saw this announcement! So happy for you. To say this is well-deserved is the understatement of the century. You go, lady!!!

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  25. Yay! You are a huge inspiration to me because I've been working at my dream for ten years, so I can only imagine the joy you're feeling. Congrats!

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  26. Yay! I had a feeling this announcement would be part of the reveal. Two book deal! Congratulations! When can I pre-order?

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  27. YESSSS!! Congratulations. That word doesn't really do the job....Huzzah! Bravo! Yahoo!

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  28. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I have learned so much from your blog and have always marveled at how much you give of yourself to all of your readers. Thank you!

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  29. WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Congrats!!!!

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  30. So so so delighted for you!!!

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  31. Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations! <3

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  32. Such great news! Congrats!

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  33. OhmygoshOhmygoshOhmygosh!!!! I was soooo hoping this was why you were revealing yourself, but was afraid to ask. Yunno? And, what a perfect ending to the memoir of Authoress' (which should be made into a movie). I seriously can't wait for GATHERING STORM because it sounds like a great imaginative read. I teared up for you. Seriously. And it gives me hope that if I keep typing away, eventually I might see my dreams come true to. You are an inspiration!

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  34. Seriously so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!

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    1. ABSOLUTELY THRILLED FOR YOU. ALTHOUGH I NEVER MADE IT MY DAUGHTER (AKA TATUM FLYNN) DID. NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE THAN YOU. WITH GREAT AFFECTION AND ENDLESS THANKS.

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  35. Wow, that is SUCH great news! Congratulations! You have been and continue to be such an inspiration for digging in, never giving up, and acknowledging the ups and downs of this journey. Can't wait to read your novels :)

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  36. A huge congratulations!!! The pitch is amazing and I can't wait to read it :)

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  37. Yayyyyyy!! Congratulations, Jill!! This news just made my week. No one deserves this more than you...I've been pulling for you for so long! Enjoy the ride...I'm sure it will be amazing!!

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  38. YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!

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  39. Congratulations, Jill. I wish you much success.

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  40. I saw Danielle's tweet and knew she had to be referring to you! Congratulations! It's been a long haul. You earned it!

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  41. EEEEEE!! You did it! It finally happened. I'm so excited for you Knew it had to sooner or later. You're just so enormously talented. But the Universe sometimes holds back on us until we're really ready. Even when think we're already ready. Congratulations, Jillian. I can't wait to read your book(s). Best news today. Wish I could give you a big hug.

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  42. So very, very happy for you!!!
    You've worked so hard for this and you deserve every success - wishing you all the best! Congrats! :)

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  43. Sending cupcakes and cabana boys to help you celebrate with a parade and then help with cleaning all the celebratory confetti and streamers afterwards. So well deserved -- can't wait to get my copy!!!

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  44. Congratulations to you!!! So deserving. :)

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  45. Many congratulations!

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  46. Congratulations! I admit I'm crying such happy tears for you right now!

    Also - a dragon retelling of my favorite Shakespeare comedy?!?! *grabby hands*

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  47. Yay yay yay yay!! Best news ever!
    K. Stoker

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  48. Congratulations! Your story has been--and will continue to be--an inspiration for so many.

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  49. Even though your big reveal showed us we only knew a little bit about your world - you still feel like an old and trusted friend and I couldn't be happier for you. Congratulations - I can't wait for your BOOK to hit the stores!

    Time passes quicker as we get older - right? Summer of 2019 is not really that far off - is it!

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  50. Oh, I was hoping an announcement like this would come after the big reveal! Hooray for you, and hooray for all of us lucky readers!! Can't wait to buy a copy.

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  51. YAYAYAYAAAAYYYYYYY! So many congratulations!

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  52. Congratulations Jill! How good it feels to write your true name. I remember a post you wrote after a very draining period in your life. You talked about taking a break from writing. A few days later you mentioned a fairy tale retelling that was dancing in you head. I like to think this was the first kernel of your successful story. All the Best, MargotG

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  53. YAY!!! Many, many congratulations!

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  54. Congratulations! Thanks for all your support--we'll all be here to support your great achievement!


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  55. So, so excited for you, Jillian. This is absolutely great news! I'd be ecstatic too, if I were you. What a wonderful announcement. Well deserved!

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  56. So cool! Many congrats! And I love the 12th Night idea - hoping it sells well!!

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  57. I stop following your blog long enough to get my master's degree and get past the writing-level plateau, get ready to start querying again, come back here... and you exist as a 'real' person now.

    This is amazing, and I am proud and inspired and honored you're sharing this with us.

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  58. So wonderful! I love your story's premise. Congratulations!

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  59. Huge congrats! You've really earned it! I knew you'd make it

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  60. Congrats! Inspiring and well deserved. Cheers (and so nice to see your face! ;-))

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  61. That smile - -genuine - heartfelt - inspiring - yep, that smile. Well done, Jill, very well done.

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  62. I read a lot of old posts here where you went through some dark soul-searching, but plowed on ahead anyway.

    Congratulations! You earned this the hard way, by never giving up.

    - tomalanbrosz.wordpress.com

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  63. Big congrats to you on this achievement. Best wishes always!

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  64. I am whole-heartedly happy for you. I can't wait to read it!

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  65. Woohoo! Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it when it comes out!

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  66. Congratulations!!! What a success!!!

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  67. I just wanted to drop in and say "Congratulations!" :-D I saw the announcement of your deal in the Nelson's Literary Agency Newsletter, and I'm thrilled for you.

    It's been a little while since I've last checked your blog, but I remember getting to participate in one of Drop the Needle critiques, which really provided a confidence boost for me. I'm glad to see you've still been doing the various critiques, and that you have the success story posts. It's a great help for authors.

    Again, congratulations. You've more than earned it. :-D

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