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My Debut Is Being Published by Putnam!

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#1 Constantine Singer

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 01:25 PM

Hey all,


Just a quick note -- I started writing 7 years ago.  I was deeply proud of my first manuscript, but it went nowhere (and now, six years later, I totally get why). My second manuscript was nary any better, but my third was pretty good.  Even so, it didn't fly with agents and neither did my fourth.


But my fifth, did.  I landed an agent on a query I workshopped here at AQC.  My agent and I revised it furiously together and then it went out on submission -- where it landed with a thud.


But we kept at it and after several false starts (and one rejection from an acquisitions team -- that hurt), it found a home with a phenomenal editor at a great house.


Keep working, keep writing, keep hoping, and it may happen for you, too.

Look for STRANGE DAYS, my debut novel from Putnam/Penguin Teen in bookstores everywhere, December, 2018!

#2 LucidDreamer


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 08:15 AM

Congratulations, Constantine!!  That is awesome!

<throws confetti>

#3 mwsinclair


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:37 PM

Great news!

#4 RSMellette


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Posted 21 November 2016 - 09:16 PM

Very inspirational... especially as my on-again-off-again MS is currently making the rounds. 


I have felt your pain... Enjoy the joy. 

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#5 julialynn


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 01:32 AM

Amazing! So happy for you!

YA Author of BURRO HILLS (Diversion Books, March 20, 2018) ♔ 




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#6 Litgal


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    In between I became a "hybrid" as part of a group of six authors involved in a high concept novel-in-six-parts called "A Day of Fire" which released in November of 2014. The book, "A Day of Fire," tells the story of the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii in a way you've never read it before.

Posted 29 November 2016 - 04:46 PM

Hearty Congrats! Enjoy your first release--there is simply nothing like that first time!

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#7 Blueberry Tide

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 05:43 PM

Virtual confetti and champagne! Whoo! 

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