Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Happy Gail!

I learned yesterday that Happy Kid! received a good review in the July issue of School Library Journal. It's already up at Amazon.

I also found out a couple of days ago that my alumni magazine gave Happy Kid! a nice paragraph in its sidebar to its book column. This was particularly gratifying because I'd sent the editor a press packet back before Christmas as part of my big marketing plan. When nothing appeared in the spring issue, I thought I wasn't going to get any coverage.

And, finally, I'm happy, happy, happy because I'm just a few pages away from finishing the first draft of the second Brandon and Hannah book. I'm hoping to have it in the mail on Monday. And then it's fun time for August! I'm going to:

work on short-term projects like essays and short stories

update my website

catch up on A Novel In A Year

clean my desk

read a lot more at the Storyglossia weblog

paint my bedroom

maybe buy a new car

I am so excited.


Blogger Kelly said...

Yay, Congrats, Hooray!!! I'm so happy for you :)

9:20 PM  
Blogger MotherReader said...

Great news, and well-deserved praise. Happy Kid is one of my top picks of the year, for what it's worth, and I'm glad to see it get picked up with stars by SLJ. Awesome.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

I nominated it for the Texas Lonestar list. Their process is not as transparent as the Bluebonnet committee's though. The Bluebonnet committee posts titles of books under consideration.

Happy Kid is a terrific read!!

2:12 PM  
Blogger MotherReader said...

Just came back to note that all 12 copies of your book is checked out in my library system. Just a little validation thrown your way.

8:54 PM  
Blogger gail said...

Thanks everyone. I should point out, though, that I didn't notice any stars with the SLJ review. It was good to be there at all, though.

And I'm glad to hear that there are twelve copies in a library system somewhere. In the library system that services the central part of our state, I can find only three. Two of them are checked out, at least.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

Congrats! :)

8:49 PM  
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