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. Natalie Aguirre April 16, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    CONGRATS! So excited for you Laura. I hope you’ll agree to another interview when your book comes out. I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Natalie Aguirre April 16, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    P.S. I did a shout out for you on my blog about your awesome news!

    • Laura April 16, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Thank you! You’re awesome!

  3. Kip April 16, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Congrats, Laura! Two books in one year! SPARKLY! This looks like it’s going to be a fun read. 🙂

  4. Christina Lee April 16, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I saw it in PM!!! *throws confetti*

  5. christine danek April 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Congrats!! How exciting!!

  6. Louise April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Congratulations! I’m so happy and excited for you!

  7. Alex J. Cavanaugh April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Congratulations, Laura!!! I’ll be sure to mention it in my post tomorrow.

  8. Sheri Larsen April 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Laura, so happy for you!! Whoot! You are on a roll. 😀

  9. Kelly Polark April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    So exciting, Laura! Congrats!!!

  10. Heather Kelly April 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    WOO-HOO! Much excitement, Laura!

  11. Stina Lindenblatt April 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Christina emailed me to tell me since I don’t get PM. We were both so excited for you. *throws more confetti* 😀

  12. Anna Staniszewski April 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Laura!! That’s fantastic news! Congrats!!

  13. Ansha Kotyk April 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Woo hoo! I love this story too. Can’t wait to buy my copy!

  14. Susan Kaye Quinn April 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Super congrats!! So excite for you! (Go MG!!)

  15. Laura April 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Thanks everyone! I am kinda excited about it. November seems far away but I have a lot of heart invested in this story…and I had a lot of fun writing it too!

  16. Lydia Sharp April 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    CONGRATS! So happy for you! 😀

  17. Lydia K April 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    *throws confetti*
    *pops champagne*
    *serves nachos*

    Laura, I’m so happy for you! It couldn’t have happened to a more talented writer! Yay!

  18. Elana Johnson April 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Woot! Congratulations, Laura! What awesome news! Can’t wait to read it.

  19. Donna K. Weaver April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Woot! Congratulations, Laura! That’s fabulous!

  20. Ghenet Myrthil April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

  21. Tracey Neithercott April 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS! Talk about wonderful news. I’m so happy for you!!

  22. Amie Kaufman April 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Laura, CONGRATULATIONS! I’m sooooooooo excited! Dancing a little dance down here in Australia for you! Your story sounds sensational, can’t wait to read it!

  23. Sara McClung April 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura!!!

  24. Sherrie Petersen April 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Laura!!

  25. Robin Weeks April 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Wow–excellent timing! Congratulations!

  26. Katie Klein April 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Congrats, Laura!! 🙂

  27. Melinda Collins April 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Woo hoo!!! Congratulation, Laura! So happy for you! 🙂

  28. Meagan Spooner April 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Eeeee, congrats, Laura!! And don’t worry, you’re definitely not the only one to get scooped on your own book deal by PW.

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  29. Angela Ackerman April 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    *cheers, shouts & launches the glitter cannons*

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This is awesome news and has TOTALLY made my freaking week! Couldn’t have happened to a better person–congrats, congrats, congrats!

    Angela Ackerman

  30. Lisa Green April 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow, Laura!!! You are on a serious streak, Girlfriend. 😀 I’m so happy for you. Congrats! Now let’s hope we make it to 2013 so we can keep celebrating.

  31. Jessica Bell April 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow, congrats, Laura! 🙂 How come I thought you were self-publishing?

    • Laura April 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks everyone! Yes, I’m still self publishing. In fact, I already did. A Spy Like Me is available now and you can click through on my sidebar. This is for a middle grade that will be coming out next fall! I’m doing both roads! 🙂

  32. becca puglisi April 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Congrats, Laura!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  33. Heather McCorkle April 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Congratulations Laura! I’m so excited for you and the story sounds excellent.

  34. Andrea April 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Wow! Congratulations on your exciting news! I’m thrilled for you.

  35. Margo Berendsen April 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Congrats!!! This is actually the first book I’ve heard of dealing with the 2012 Mayan end of the world, surely if we read about it (like with Orwell’s 1984) then it can’t come to pass! (at least for another 30 or 40 years)

  36. Laura Diamond April 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    SO AWESOME! Congrats!

  37. Elizabeth Fais April 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Congratulations! You’ve more than earned this. I’m so excited for you!!!

  38. Sarah Mullen Gilbert April 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Huge congratulations, Laura! So nice to see hard work pay off and can’t wait to read it 🙂

  39. Heather Sunseri April 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    AWESOME NEWS!!! I picked an exciting day to jump back into some blogging. I’m so thrilled for you, Laura!! I can’t wait to hear more about this. Or maybe I need to go back through some posts. Anyway, CONTRATULATIONS!!

  40. Shonna Slayton April 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Yay! Listen…it’s the sound of hard work paying off! Congratulations.

  41. ali cross April 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    You’re a rockstar Laura! Congratulations!!

  42. Karen Strong April 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    OMG, that’s great news! I’ve been in the software geek cave all day so I haven’t seen this!

    Hooray and congrats to you. 🙂

  43. Laura April 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Thank you so much everyone! I’m feeling quite overwhelmed! 🙂 You guys are the best.

  44. Carolina Valdez Miller April 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura! Really great news. Conquering the world of YA and middle grade…Yahoo! Wishing you all the best.

  45. Karen Lange April 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Congratulations Laura! I am excited for you! 🙂

  46. Marisa April 17, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    WOOT!!! Congrats, Laura!!! Such great, inspiring news!!

  47. Leslie Rose April 17, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Super. Super. Super. A dream come true. Hooray

  48. Carrie Butler April 17, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Congratulations, Laura! I’m so happy for you! 🙂

  49. Trisha April 17, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    Congratulations!! This is great 🙂

  50. Lynda R Young April 17, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    That’s sooooooooooooo brilliant!!!
    Congratulations! And the premise of the story sounds great.

    Will this change your plans for future self publishing?

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