Tuesday, May 8, 2012

When You've Been Pregnant For Six Years & The Baby Turns Out Really Cute

It's here! It's here!


Yes, it's the CHAINED release day!

Here's the short version of the road to publication:

Spring 2006: Got the idea to write a story about a captive elephant and started writing
Spring 2009: Started submitting the manuscript to agents
February 2010: Signed with agent Joanna Volpe
May 2010: Sold manuscript to editor Margaret Ferguson at Macmillan/FSG
May 8, 2012: Publication day!

May 2012 seemed like so far away when the book sold, but now I can't believe it's really here. I'm kind of at a loss for words, except for the many thank yous to everyone who helped me and supported me along the way.

So I'll turn things over to Navin Johnson:



And, of course, to Spongebob Squarepants:



Have the best day ever, everyone!

22 comments:

  1. Way to go! Glad you and Spongebob are basking in the sun.

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  2. Hooray for the BEST DAY EVER!! Happy Birthday CHAINED!!!!!!!

    xoxo,
    Chris

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    1. Yay! You should feel proud today too, as one of the midwives.

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  3. I love Navin!!

    Congratulations, Lynne. Take time today to drink it all in...you've worked so hard and now your baby is out in the world.

    Happy Book Birthday!

    Shelley

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! Navin has so many good lines.

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  4. Six years, huh? I bet your ankles are totally swollen. ;)

    So happy for you! Can't wait to get my copy! *hugs*

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    1. Yeah, really! Can't wait to lose the baby weight.

      Thanks, Sharon!

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  5. Happy Book Birthday, Lynne!! Can't wait to read that beautiful book!

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  6. Congratulations! It has to be a thrill! May the happiness of your best day ever continue for a long, long time. :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's quite the thrill!

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  7. Happy Birthday, CHAINED! Have a peanuty BD cake (what do elephants like?) and don't forget to dance the day away~~~

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    1. Hey, I actually had a chocolate-peanut butter cupcake for lunch, and it didn't even occur to me how appropriate it was!

      Thanks, Mirka!

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  8. I'm so excited of you! Lynne, things are definitely going to start happening for you now. :)
    Hip hip hooray! Book birthdays rock.
    I hope you sell one to every school and library in the world. I'll just get on that...

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  9. Happy Book Birthday! I got your book today. I'm afraid to take it out in public and read it. I'm afraid I'll be a blubbering idiot. Will I?

    Heather

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    1. Yay, thanks for getting the book! I have been told that the book should come with a complimentary box of tissues, but you should be okay reading it in public until the last few chapters, I think.

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  10. Huge congrats!! Isn't it amazing when all that work comes together into an actual object you can hold in your hand? And--even better--one that other people can read??

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