Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I have some good news. Scratch that. I have some great news!
I'm happy to announce that Delacorte Press (an imprint of Random House Children's Books) will be publishing my book, THE MAZE RUNNER, in the fall of 2009. My sister keeps saying Random fuh-reaking House! But I'm far too mature to participate in such silliness. I'm pleased, nothing more. Just another day in the life of an....
I'm lying! I'm so excited I can hardly breathe! I haven't slept in a week! My head is about to explode and my body is about to spontaneously combust! I'm using lots and lots of exclamation marks! Me so happy!
Okay, that's just ridiculous. Quit embarrassing yourself.
My editor is going to be the lovely Krista Marino, a senior editor at Random House. She's already skyrocketed into the Top Ten on Dashner's Most Favored People List because she sent me a whole box of free books that she's edited, and their latest catalogs. I can't wait to work with her. I can't wait!
I can't say enough about my agent, Michael Bourret. Two months ago, he didn't know who I was. In a matter of weeks, he made me make my book better, sent it out to publishers, and got a great deal. I can't reveal who got bumped from the list, but he is also firmly entrenched in the Top Ten. (Mom, don't worry, you're safe at Number One. As for you, Lynette, I know you're my wife and all, but . . . kidding!)
I also need to thank Stacy Whitman, a friend and editor at another publisher. She wrote me an editorial letter a few months ago that really, really, REALLY helped my book improve, and I can't thank her enough. I owe her about 1,476 free lunches. Thanks, Stacy. My current editor at Shadow Mountain, Lisa Mangum, also gave me very valuable feedback. Thanks, Lisa.
Anyway, I'm very excited and ready to work. I'm hoping the quick pub date means they're just as excited to get it out as I am!
So, there you have it. In the year 2009 (which follows 2008 for those of you keeping track at home), the world will be exposed to not just one, but TWO books by James Dashner. I hope we all survive.
Posted by James Dashner at 10:23 AM