I feel so incoherent and amazed at this news, but here it is: I have a book deal! I am super crazy excited to announce that Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) will be published by Viking Children’s in the summer of 2015.

Snappsy! A book!

My critique group/support group/tell-me-I’m-not-crazy group¬†Carter and Elizabeth sent me these peonies:

with this note:

What does the note mean, you ask? You’ll know when you read the book. Or, you know, maybe sooner, I haven’t really worked out my promotional strategy yet.

When Danielle called with the news, I pretty much screamed for the entire phone call. So the kids knew there was something going on.

Julie [on phone]: GARAGARRAAGGGGG!

Eli: Did your book get published?

Julie [considers explaining publishing process, again]: YES!


Henry: GARAGA…[goes back to reading]

Zuzu [pointing outside]: How come they get bubbles and I don’t?

Ramona: I’m hungry! HUNG-GA-RY. Feed me.

So we all deal with exciting news in different ways.

Also I told them the book was being published by Viking/Penguin, and they were bummed when they realized it wasn’t being published by a Viking Penguin.

I am so happy about all of this. Joanna Cardenas is amazing and enthusiastic and just as excited as I am. She loves my book and I love that she loves it and it is still completely weird to me that words came out of my brain and somehow an editor in New York City not only read those words, but likes them. My agent Danielle Smith is an incredible, hardworking, passionate woman, and I’m so lucky to have her on my team.

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