Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Saying Yes

Do you remember, two months ago, when I wrote this:
Jan. 1, 2008

As for me, I hereby pronounce 2008 to be

The Year of Once (Upon a Time)

This year, I want to believe in the magic of words on paper. I want to believe in love that transforms, and art that heals. I want to believe in journeys that change you, in spells that are broken, and in rough stones (even me) that become gems.

I also wrote:
This year, before saying "yes" to something that beckons to me, I'll say: "Is it part of the story I want my life to tell?"

Last Friday, I said yes to something that I very much want to be part of my life story. Cheryl Klein---yes, that Cheryl, of Arthur A. Levine Books, and of the brilliant and funny blog, Brooklyn Arden---asked me if I would work with her on my next two books.

It was the easiest yes I've ever said.

Many, many hugs to my agent, Tina Wexler, for putting us together.

I'll admit, there were several days when I forgot that I had vowed, in that same Jan. 1 post, to do this:
This year, each day, every day, I'll begin with: "Once upon a time, there was a girl who believed..."
The universe must have forgiven me for my lapses. But then, it's larger than I am. Reading, writing, and believing are all larger than I am. For which I am grateful.

P.S. Here's the official announcement from the Publishers Marketplace newsletter:

CHILDREN'S: MIDDLE GRADE
Author of LETTERS FROM RAPUNZEL, Sara Lewis Holmes' NEW RECRUIT, the story of two cousins living on an Air Force base, the dynamic sixth grade teacher who introduces them to improv, and the community that rallies around them when one of their own goes missing in Afghanistan, to Cheryl Klein at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, in a two-book deal, by Tina Wexler at ICM (NA).

33 comments:

  1. I offer you my sincere, tearful congratulations. What a wonderful, exciting, incredible bit of news and I thank you SO MUCH for sharing it with me. I'm thrilled for you. They are very, very lucky to have you.

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  2. Yippee!! I just saw this over on PM and came rushing over here. Fantastic! And ... I can't wait to read it! And ... I'm psyched to hear what the next one will be!

    Congratulations, Sara, Cheryl seems wonderful. I'm going to advocate for a second- (and third!-) time author's panel at the next SCBWI conference. You two would be awesome. :)

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  3. Kristy Dempsey3/3/08, 7:51 PM

    What great news. I can't wait for the books. You and Cheryl are going to make a great team!

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  4. Woo-hoo, Sara!! A huge congratulations to you :)

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  5. FANTASTIC!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! THIS FONT ISN'T BIG ENOUGH TO CONVEY EXCITEMENT!!

    Truly wonderful news, Sara!! Big hugs!!!

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  6. As a friend of a friend, and an admirer of Cheryl Kline, let me congratulate you.

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  7. That's terrific news! Congratulations to you (and to Cheryl, of course!).

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  8. That is wonderful, Sara. And clearly much deserved!! Isn't it wonderful to be able to say yes to something that you really really want? I'm happy for you.

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  9. That is really great news Sara. I didn't realize I was in the presence of such talent at the conference, but after keeping up with your blog and your poetry, I understand everything. Much Congrats!

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  10. Happily ever after already and it's only March. Dang, honey, you are movin' it this year!!!!!! Seriously, HUGE HUGE HUGE (to the power of somethin') hugs of joy and congratulations. You rock.

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  11. most xlnt! the power of yes is the best.

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  12. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I imagine the Warrior who has been carrying your books everywhere now wants to carry a sign: "She DID IT!"

    All joy to you!

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  13. wowwowwowwowwowwow!

    Congratulations! That is completely wonderful!

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  14. WOW! THIS IS BIGGER THAN BIG. HUGER THAN HUGE. AWESOMER THAN AWESOME!!
    So happy for you, Sara. Congratulations!!

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  15. FANTASTIC, Sara!!! I am so happy for you!!! :-)

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  16. Woohoo! Happily ever after indeed! This is amazing news. I can't wait to see your husband's backpack with these new titles.

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  17. Sara, congratulations! That is wonderful news.

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  18. Oh, Sara! Congratulations! Wow, I'm so excited for you!

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  19. oh wow!! High five, Sara!!! That is wonderful news.

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  20. CONGRATS!! You are going to bloom even more.

    jules

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  21. KEWL! Congratulations, Sara! What a way to jump into spring!

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  22. Hooray, Sara! And congratulations! And well-deserved! I'm so very thrilled for you! (Yes! Lots of exclamation points! Because I am so very happy!)

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  23. WOO HA! I am so excited for you. I can't wait to read this book! Go 'head girl!!

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  24. Hey, I said it in person on Sunday, but let me add my voice to the comments as well in offering kudos. You rock sister.

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  25. Seriously??? Could it get more awesome than this? Congrats, Sara! I can't wait to see what you guys cook up.

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  26. I'm WAY late to this party, but I still want to add mine: CONGRATS! WOO-HOO! and SQUEEEE!

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  27. Dude! How did I miss this???? I'm so happy for you!!!!

    xixoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoLaurel

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  28. Congratulations! By the way, I finally read Letters from Rapunzel, and enjoyed it very much. My 4 1/2 year old daughter saw the cover and asked about the story. I explained that the book wasn't actually a story about the fairy-tale character, but... oh, it's so hard to keep it simple, sometimes. Anyway, her drawings of Medusa have been replaced with drawings of Rapunzel as a result.

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