The secret is out! My good news!

I signed my first book contract! Yay!

Here’s the official PM announcement that several of you pointed out to me!

Children’s: Middle grade

Laura Pauling’s HOW TO SURVIVE ANCIENT SPELLS AND CRAZY KINGS, convinced that her grandfather needs help, a twelve-year-old persuades her family to fly to the Mayan ruins of Tikal on a search and rescue mission; she and her brainy cousin sneak out and follow the clues to the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years; due to an ancient prophecy she must hurry…in three days the city will be destroyed, to Jennifer Carson at Pugalicious Press, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2012.

What can I say? It was a now or never kind of deal for me, especially with the whole 2012 Mayan apocalypse. I love this story. I love the philosophy behind Pugalicious Press so I went for it! There’s a longer story behind this story but that can come later.

Okay, and it was kinda cool to see the announcement.

I do feel like a total newbie at the announcement thing. People tweeted and emailed me before I knew it was out! Talk about bad planning. But better late than never. And thank you to anyone who emailed or tweeted their congrats!

I’m really excited to see this story out in the world next fall.

If we survive the apocalypse…

Check out the announcement on Pugalicious Press. I’m officially in the doghouse. Woo hoo!

Any questions about it? Ask away in the comments.

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65 Responses to The secret is out! My good news!

  1. Susan Sipal April 17, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Wow, Laura! Your story sounds amazing! Totally up my alley. I can’t wait to read it. I’m so happy for you. Major congratulations!!!!

  2. Talli Roland April 17, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    YAY!!!! Massive congrats, Laura. Super exciting!

  3. Traci Kenworth April 17, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Congrats, Laura!!

  4. Barbara Watson April 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    So exciting, Laura! I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Rachel Morgan April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    That is super cool! Congratulations!

  6. Jenny Lundquist April 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Congratulations!!!! So excited for you Laura!!! And, please tell us the story behind the story soon! :0)

  7. Patti April 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Congrats on the announcement. Another big step reached.

  8. Marcia April 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    You’ve got so much excitement going on! Congratulations.

  9. Julie Musil April 18, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    OH MY GOSH!!!!! Laura, I’m SO excited for you! And I’m not surprised at all. I had a feeling we’d see your name on PW. It was only a matter of time.

  10. Lynn Kelley April 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura! This is awesome news, and how wonderful that they’re publishing it in the fall and you don’t have to wait years to see it in print! Also, congrats on the publication of your YA novel and your short story in the anthology. I’m putting A Spy Like Me on my TBR list.

  11. Jennifer Hoffine April 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!!!

    So exciting! Was this one renamed? It seems like I might have read parts of it on CC.

    Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story!

  12. Laura Josephsen April 19, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Congratulations!!! That’s so exciting!! 😀 😀 😀

  13. Kris April 20, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I’ve been on vacation, so couldn’t comment here, but I saw the tweet! Whoo-hoo! I love that story, and I can’t wait to buy it!

    Love Pugalicious Press!

    Can’t wait to see you this afternoon!

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