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My Big News: TWO BOOK CONTRACTS with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (!)

[ UPDATE: I've started posting about the process of working with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. ]

I have been dying to share this ever since I first received the offer but now that the contracts are all negotiated and signed, it's OFFICIAL:

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I am (so very very) pleased to announce that I just signed TWO (!) book contracts with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

One contract is to illustrate a picture book.

The other contract is to WRITE and illustrate a picture book.

To say I am excited would be a vast understatement.

Even now, I am fighting the urge to insert exclamation marks at the end of every sentence.

The good people at S&S are looking for a picture book story for me to illustrate right now (yes, RIGHT NOW).  Michael Ian Black's I'M BORED was such a perfect fit for me, and I had SO much fun working on it - I can't wait to see what my next illustration project will be.

As for the picture book that I write AND illustrate: I'm very much looking forward to working again with Justin Chanda, my editor on this project. I've already sent him some ideas, and he'll be helping me choose and work on the story that ends up getting published. MY VERY FIRST OWN PICTURE BOOK!!!! Oops, accidentally let some extra exclamation marks escape there. Sorry, can't help it.


Ginger Knowlton is my goddess of an agent at Curtis Brown Ltd.

Justin Chanda is the publisher of three flagship imprints at Simon & Schuster: AtheneumMargaret K. McElderry Books and Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. He is crazy-enthusiastic about children's and YA books.

He was also one of the illustration portfolio showcase panel judges at the SCBWI Summer Conference in 2010 (thank you thank you, SCBWI!), where he offered me a book contract to illustrate Michael Ian Black's I'M BORED (I later asked Justin about why he picked me, and here's what he said).

I've already learned so much from Justin about the craft and business of creating children's books, and I look forward to learning more.

So much more I want to say, but it'll have to wait.

But for now, just this:



Reader Comments (24)

Fabulous news!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Congrats! It's fantastic to see your hard work paying off :) How are you going to celebrate? Other than with exclamation marks and cartwheels, I mean :)

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda Parrish

I'm so happy for you, Debby. What a relief this must be to finally let the cat out of the bag :)!!! Way to go! You're such an inspiration!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterantje

This is great, Debbie! A kind of circle, when you think about it - the writing sent you to the SCBWI summer conference (though you presented your illustrations after-all) which led to I'm Bored and now... a book you're writing AND illustrating. So happy for you.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAHAnto

CHECK YOU OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Super congratulations! So, so well deserved!!!!!!!!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertanita

So, SO happy for you!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Congratulations, Debbie! I love your story about how you sort of fell into illustration and now you're making a wonderful career of it. You are so inspiring and such a generous blogger/writer/illustrator. Looking forward to all your great works.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia Liu

Congratulations! Two book contracts require a great deal of exclamation points to announce them properly. Good luck as you move forward with these projects. Exciting!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather


April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke L.


April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarold Stein

Yay you!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@pascalemackey


April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Kronengold

I am so proud of you Debbie. I can't wait to read your books to my boys!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Farley

Congratulations! That is so exciting! I'm sure the books will turn out beautifully.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Hayes

YAY, Debbie!!!!!!!!!!

(I thought I'd put a few of those exclamation marks to good use)

I WANT TO HEAR EVERY DETAIL!! (Yes, I'm shouting!) :-D

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Adamson


April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Mitchell


April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherman Dorn

Congratulations, Debbie! It's well deserved!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Lilly

Congrats! Here's to keeping Ginger busy!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Leitich Smith

Debbie, this is *fantastic* news! TWO contracts, WOW woman! But it doesn't surprise me. I knew you'd do incredibly well; you're so talented, so good at book promotion. I think you're going to soar.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Rainfield

Congrats something well deserved!

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Wenzel

Congratulations on the book contracts! I'm absolutely positive they're going to be absolutely amazing!

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oh my goodness! HUGE CONGRATS!! I'm so very happy for you!

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Eddleman

You should use all the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s you want! You earned them!!!

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Seckman

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