Monday, April 8, 2013

MY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!


I can FINALLY tell the whole world my wonderful news!

*taps microphone*

I had to keep it secret a whole month. I know, I know, feel sorry for me. *wink*

Anyway, a few weeks back, I completed a NEW ADULT contemporary novel. I'd been reading this genre like crazy, loving it, and felt an overwhelming need to contribute something to it. It was a departure from my other Young Adult novels, but not a huge one. In fact, the very first novel I'd ever written back in 2008 would have been considered New Adult--but thankfully, that one will never see the light of day. We'll just call it *practice*.

When I finished writing this novel, I had a special feeling about it. Like maybe this might be *the one* to find readers and a good home.


My agent loved it. My CP's and betas gave it two thumbs WAY up. I went on submission to publishing houses. And within a very short week, I had several editors interested!

 *faints*

I am THRILLED to announce that I sold my New Adult novel, ALL OF YOU,  to PENGUIN Books, in a pre-empt, in a two book deal! 


*YEAH, BABY*

*wipes away the tears*

Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly:

Lee’s New Adult Goes to NAL
In a deal at Penguin’s NAL imprint this week, Jesse Feldman bought world English rights to two books by Christina Lee, including the author’s new adult title. Agent Sara Megibow, at Nelson Literary, represented the author and said six publishers made offers on the book before she accepted “an aggressive preempt” from Feldman. NAL will be releasing the book as All of You—it’s about a nursing student who meets a handsome guy at a party, then discovers he’s a virgin—in September 2013, with a second book, a tie-in, scheduled for early 2014. In an unusual twist, NAL plans to make the series an e-only one, exercising its print option if it feels there is a market for the book in that format.





*pours champagne*


*dances*

50 comments:

Jaime Morrow said...

Congratulations! That is great news. :) Can't wait to read it!

Amparo Ortiz said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

That is all.

Oh, wait. Also: EPIC CONGRATS, DARLING!!!! I am SUPER DUPER thrilled for you!!

*tosses confetti*

Tere Kirkland said...

Heard about your amazing news from Lola Sharp on Twitter. Congrats! That's wonderful! New adult is such great genre. I look forward to all of ALL OF YOU! ;)

Andrea Mack said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations!

Christine Danek said...

AHHHH! Oh my god!! Congrats!!! *hands over champagne glass* *toasts* I'm so excited for you!! I can't wait to read it. I'm happy dancing and busting out with all sorts of joy!! Congrats!! Okay, I will stop now because I may get arrested by the exclamation point police. Again, so excited for you. So awesome!!

Lola Sharp said...

WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

You deserve it, love. It's your time. :)

<3

Samantha Vérant said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AND OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AND WOW! AND CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!

Laura Pauling said...

Yay!!!!!! Congrats! I can't wait to read it.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Yay!!! I can finally officially talk about it and mention your name. I was killing me not getting to say anything. :D

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

AAAAAAH! So happy for you, that's awesome and it sounds so good! Congrats, Christina!!!! *super hugs*

Sarah Ahiers said...

Woo hoo! Congrats!!!

Cherie Reich said...

Congratulations!!!

Matthew MacNish said...

CONGRATULATIONS Christina! This sounds really awesome.

K. M. Walton said...

This is well deserved. Persistence and hard work have a way of making dreams come true.

You already know how happy I am for you, but I'll shout it again: I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

Gina said...

I already said congrats, but this is such kickass news that I had to stop by and say it here too! CONGRATS!!!!!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

congratulations, Christina
my phone's shift key isn't working, so i can't decorate this with appropriate exclamation points or even capitalize my i's consistently

you so deserve this

Cheree Smith said...

Congrats, Christina!!!!! That's awesome news :D

Natalie Aguirre said...

CONGRATS, Christina! So very excited for you. That's awesome news!

Christina Lee said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY--means a lot!

Lydia Sharp said...

I am so happy for you I am speechless. Me. Speechless.

~HUGS~

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Congratulations!!!!!

SA Larsenッ said...

Yeah BABY, is right!!! I'm thrilled for you!!

storyqueen said...

Aggressive preempt.

Were there ever any sweeter words??

Congratulations!! So, so happy for you!

Shelley

Christina Lee said...

HA, Shelley, right?!? Thank you!

Writewong said...

CONGRATS, CHRISTINA!!!!!!! So happy for you!!!

DL Hammons said...

BOO-YAH!!!! Kudo's Girl!!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Congratulations!

Lisa and Laura said...

SO PROUD and excited for you!!!! Congratulations, Christina!!!!

Lisa and Laura said...

SOOOOOOO PROUD and excited, Christina!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Six publishers vying for your words!!! I never had any doubt about you. The only question was when. And now we know. Anything you need me to do to help promote your baby, let me know.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Woohoo! Time to par-tay! Congratulations.

Mark Noce said...

Just came over from Stina's blog. Big congrats! :)

Heather said...

Huge congratulations! I was pointed in your direction by Stina, I look forward to reading the new book.

nutschell said...

always inspiring to hear success stories like yours. congrats!!!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Christina Lee said...

Wow, thank you everybody for your kindness!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to you! I can't wait to read All of You!

Justine Dell said...

CONGRATS Christina!!!!!!!!!!

~JD

LisaDay said...

Congratulations!

LisaDay

Karen Avivi said...

Congratulations!!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Hooray!!!! I'm so happy for you Christina -- congratulations!! I read a LOT of NA so I can't wait to add yours to my list :)

Michael G-G said...

I saw this on Stina's blog. My first time here, and it's so nice to be able to shout CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Gwen Gardner said...

Hi Christina! I just came by from Stina's blog and wanted to congratulate you. Well done! New follower here :)

Andrea Whitney said...

Congrats! What a great accomplishment! I can't wait to read it. Maybe you can come to my book club in Chicago or we'll come see you on your book tour at the local independent book store! Congrats again!

Vijaya said...

Congratulations!!! Your book sounds wonderful -- will look forward to reading it.

Christina Lee said...

Thanks, Vijaya. I tried to send an email but it was bumped back to me.

Marie said...

Congratulations! how wonderful!

nutschell said...

Missed this news, but oh my gosh, Congratulations!!!!! I hope you've broken out the bubblies and celebrated this milestone.:)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Tina L. Hook said...

That is wonderful!

Congrats.

www.GirlwithaNewLife2.com

Heidi said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations!

Elana Johnson said...

Yay! Congrats!!!