A MONSTROUS Announcement (Plus a Giveaway!)

Nov 30, 2012 | books, Free stuff, Reading, Social Media, Writing | 15 comments

Yes, this is THAT post. The one where I finally get to scream from the rooftops that this happened (though there was already an awful lot of screaming about it on Twitter yesterday :P):

I know. I KNOW. I can hardly believe it either. My fabulous agent Suzie Townsend* got the first offer on MONSTROUS in all of eight days back in September, but I haven’t been able to talk about it until now. I’ve been wandering around, shaking my head and muttering under my breath, “Eight days. Eight. Freaking. Days.”  And given the otherwise horrendous fall I’ve had (long story, but in short, lots of family members in the hospital and other random unpleasantness), it has been an incredible blessing I had this happy, shining thing to cling to.

I’ll tell a more complete story about it later on, but for now, if you’ve seen the Kristen Bell Autotuned Sloth Meltdown video, that’s pretty much how the call about the offer went down for me. Just replace “sloth” with “book deal” and there you go.

Needless to say, I’ve been dying to tell the world!

You’ve all been so supportive, and said so many kind things about my weird little book, that I just can’t wait to share it with you. And yes, you read that right in the deal announcement – MONSTROUS is going to be upper Middle Grade. It’s a big change, but after talking to my wonderful new editor at HarperCollins, I know it’s the best thing for my book and the story.  Not to mention that I get to work with the fantastically talented folks there to do it. This is a TOTAL DREAM COME TRUE.

Which means, of course, that we must celebrate. And that means a giveaway 🙂

I’m giving away one HarperCollins MG or YA Fall 2012 new release (or pre-order if it’s not out yet)! Use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post by Sunday to enter. One winner** will be selected and can choose one of the books below as the prize:

Middle Grade Young Adult 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*That Suzie Townsend is a ROCK STAR, isn’t she? 😀

**Open internationally, however, if the winner is located outside the US and there are snags with shipping overseas, a $25 gift card to a book retailer of the winner’s choice may be substituted.


  1. Layinda

    GREAT NEWS! I’ve been out of the loop so long that I didn’t even know you had an agent, but I am TOTALLY UNSURPRISED (although am quite thrilled) at your success!!!!! Back when I read the first excerpts of Ghost Writer you posted on AQC, I knew you would be published someday, and here you are. CONGRATULATIONS!!! 🙂

  2. Noelle Henry

    Oh, wow!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! So VERY excited for you! I was hooked on your entry from The Writers Voice, and can’t wait to see this on the shelves!

  3. Stacy

    I know I already said congrats, but just wanted to pop in again to say CONGRATS!!

    So very, very well deserved. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Kathleen S. Allen

    CONGRATS! Suzi is one of my dream agents and I’d love to be repped by her. This is huge news and I am so happy for you! 🙂

  5. Gina

    CONGRATS MARCYKATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Melanie

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and 8 days?!?! Wow! I can’t wait to read it!

  7. Jemi Fraser

    You rock!!! Love how fast this went!!!! 🙂

  8. Suzi

    Congratulations again!

    Since it’s going to be middle grade, does that mean you made some changes? Or was it taken as is?

  9. Melodie

    YAY! I KNEW IT! So, so, so happy for you. Good luck with the MG revisions – excited to see how the story will shift!!

  10. Sakura Eries

    I’ve already said it before but i’ll say it again–CONGRATS! So very happy for u! though that will be interesting making the change from YA to MG. Can’t wait to see it in print!

  11. Precy Larkins

    YAY! CONGRATS MK!! 😀 *throws confetti*

  12. MarcyKate

    Thank you so much, everyone! I’m so happy about this! *happy dance*

    @Layinda – Hello you! If you’re still writing, you should come back to AQC. You have been missed!

    @Melanie & Jemi – I was incredibly fortunate that it was a bit of a whirlwind, especially after spending three years in the query trenches. I definitely don’t expect my next book to sell quite so fast!

    @Suzi, Melodie, Sakura – What happened was that we pitched the book as YA, but the editor felt that since it does straddle YA and MG, that it would be best suited as more solidly MG, but on the upper end of the spectrum. I was nervous at first, but after talking to her, it was so clear we share the same vision for the book and that this really is the best thing for the story. It won’t be wholesale re-writing of the entire book, but more taking a few things that skew a little more mature (some of the violence for example) and making them more age appropriate, moving them offstage, etc. That said, the changes have not been made yet, so I have no doubt my edit letter will be substantial!

  13. Ann Bedichek

    AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so FREAKIN’ HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

    I can’t believe I almost missed this! The dangers of not paying attention to twitter for a while!

    But, oh man! You so deserve this!!!

    Crazy Crazy Happy Dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  14. MarcyKate

    ANN!! I haven’t heard or seen you in forever!! Thank you so much!! *Happy dances*

  15. Lisa Gibson

    Sooo, soooo thrilled for you! I knew you’d make it. Hope those pugs are doing fabulous and Mr MK as well. 🙂


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