Saturday, April 16, 2011

I...have...an...AGENT!

I'm thrilled to announce that I've signed with the amazing Karen Grencik from The Karen Grencik Literary Agency.

My fabulous critique partners, Lisa Green and Leslie Rose, met Karen at a writing retreat and thought we'd hit it off. I included Karen in my first batch of queries, and a short time later, we signed a contract.

Karen is a lovely person and a talented editor. I'm working through her in-depth notes on my YA novel right now, and man, she's good (I have so much to learn).

I realize this is the beginning of a long and winding road (insert Beatles music). Representation offers no guarantee of publication. There will be disappointments along the way, but hopefully, HOPEFULLY, positive news will come my way. I'm honored to be taking this next step with Karen.

For you queriers out there, remember, it only takes one YES.
For those of you out on submission, I wish you GOOD LUCK.
For those of you with books out or soon to be out, CONGRATULATIONS.
Taking this journey with all of you is PRICELESS.


144 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you Julie, now comes the long, winding road as you say. But it'll all be worth it and the worse bit (the query submissions) is OVER! Yay!
    I always think that part is harder than writing the novel. Good luck and keep us up-dated.

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  2. This is wonderful news! The work you're doing is sure to be time-consuming, but the book will be that much better at the end. Congratulations!

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  3. That is wonderful!!! Congratulations!

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  4. Many congratulations, Julie!!! You have worked so hard, that's been obvious to me just from what I've read on your blog. Hard work, writing, writing, writing, dedication, learning the industry, entering contests, attending conferences-- all that while raising a family-- I am truly impressed with you and so thrilled that you now have representation. Good luck for your future writing career! I am sure that it will be long and lucrative. All the best!

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  5. Congratulations, Julie! This is such a wonderful news. You're one of the nicest writers I know -- and I'm really happy for you. :)

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  6. AWESOME NEWS!!! So happy for you & I wish you inspiration as you dive into edits.

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  7. That's wonderful!!!! Congratulations! And thanks for the inspirational post. I wish you all the best with revisions and submissions! I can't wait for more good news from you in the future. :0) christy

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  8. Go Julie! Go Julie! Go Julie! congratulations that's so awesome! Enjoy the ride!

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  9. Congratulations, Julie!
    - Sophia.

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  10. wahoo! that is utterly BRILLIANT!

    good luck with the next step of the process and all the MS changes :)

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  11. Fantastic news Julie! Congratulations :)

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  12. Julie - BASK IN THE GLOW! Hardships on the horizon are inevitable, but it's little things like this you MUST savor! CONGRATS TO YOU, my friend!

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  13. Julie, this is great news! Congratulations!!!!

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  14. Wow! Congratulations!!!!! *whistling and clapping hands loudly*

    Good things to come for you :)

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. YAY!!! Congratulations, that is FANTASTIC NEWS!! Best of luck with all the submissions.

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  16. Congratulations Julie! I'm so excited for you! This is fantastic news. It has made my weekend!

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  17. Woo Hoo, Julie. That is awesome news. Congratulations. And just enjoy this journey - it's a roller coaster, for sure, but one not to be missed.
    karen

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  18. Congratulations! This is great news. I am so happy for you.

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  19. Such wonderful news! Major congratulations! I hope you're celebrating this weekend!!

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  20. Fantastic, Julie; congratulations! Thanks for the encouragement to us would-be's as well. :)

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  21. Wow, Julie! Congratulations!!! *tosses glitter* Enjoy your happy weekend!

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  22. Congratulations, Julie! That is wonderful news. We are so, so happy for you -- and LOVE your amazingly humble and down-to-earth post. You're incredible!

    Hugs,

    Martina and Marissa

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  23. Julie! That is so COOL! Fantastic that your agent is also a great editor, and good luck with the revisions. Looking forward to reading your book someday! Yep, only one YES is needed. Congrats on getting yours!!!!!

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  24. A BIG congrats, Julie! I'm thrilled for you!!! :)

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  25. OMG, Julie that is great news! Congratulations! I'm so happy or you!

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  26. Congratulations on your success, a wonderful stage in your writing career!

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  27. You are a gracious angel and I'm just happy and honored to be taking the journey together! *kisses*

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  28. Congratulations!! This is so exciting.

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  29. YAY!! Massive congrats, so happy for you!

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  30. Yay Julie! I'm very happy for you--and way to keep your head straight about the road ahead. Best of luck.

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  31. Congratulations! Another milestone on the fabulous road to publication. :)

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  32. Congratulations, Julie. Thrilled for you.

    Hugs,

    Rachna

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  33. This is a case of two wonderful people finding each other. You and Karen together will ignite a creative spark and we'll all feel its warmth.

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  34. Congratulations... That's awesome.

    I will be buying your book when it comes out,(I know it will) I wish you the best of luck.

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  35. YAY!!!! *throws confetti and glitter and other sparkly things* (don't worry, I'll get more to throw for your book announcement!)
    erica

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  36. Congratulations, Julie, my dear blogosphere buddy!! I'm so thrilled to hear this news and look forward to applauding your every step along this wonderful path. Also, we're close enough along the freeway that I will look forward to a book signing one day very soon!!
    I'm cueing up Beatles now in honor of this momentus occasion. "The Long and Winding Road" is one of my absolute favorites.

    -Jimmy

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  37. Yay, congrats! This is wonderful news!

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  38. Congratulations, Julie. Enjoy the revisions. I'm certain a publishing contract is just around the corner.

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  39. Congratulations, Julie. I'm so excited for you. Looking forward to the day I have your book in my hands :)

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  40. Congratulations! Wonderful news! :)

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  41. OH BIG BIG HUGE CONGRATS!! so, SO happy for you!! :D :D

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  42. CONGRATULATIONS, JULIE! This is wonderful, awesome news... and couldn't happen to a more deserving person and writer. Just let us know when it comes out so we can glom onto a copy!

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  43. Congratulations Julie! I hope your revision and sub go well!

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  44. Congratulations, Julie! That's great!

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  45. Congratulations, Julie! A well-deserved milestone.

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  46. Wonderful, wonderful news. Many congratulations, Julie.

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  47. Congratulations, and best of luck with this next path in your writer's journey!

    I'm starting up a 'Critiquing Crusaders' program, where participants in the Second Crusade can find other writers to exchange critiques with or form critiquing circles. If you're interested, come by The Kelworth Files to check it out!

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  48. Yeeek! Congratulations! This is wonderful news! I can't wait to hear when your book is sold :).

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  49. Woo hoo! Congratulations galore!

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  50. Julie, that is wonderful news! I'm really happy for you. CONGRATS!
    : )

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  51. Congratulations on the awesome news!

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  52. Hoorah Julie! Really fantastic news. YAY you!
    Can't wait to watch it all unfold for you!!!!

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  53. I told you it would happen! I am so happy for you! I cannot think of a better gal for it to happen to... Many hopes your submission process to agents happens just as quickly. Would love to hold one of your bookies in my hands!!!! :) HURRAH!

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  54. Woohoo! Congratulations Julie! That is so awesome!

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  55. JULIE! I am SOOO thrilled for you! Congratulations!! Yippee!!

    Amy

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  56. Woohooo! Julie, I'm SO delighted for you! There's a party going on in Australia for you! (Well, I'm dancing like a dork with the dog, but the effort's gotta count!)

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  57. Congratulations, wishing you all the best.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  58. Julie, that's amazing! Congratulations! And good luck on the revisions!

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  59. Congratulations! *happy dance for fellow writer*

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  60. What?! CONGRATS, Julie! Sending lots of luck your way!

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  61. Congratulations - fantastic news!

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  62. Congrats!! That is super exciting!! Best of luck on revisions and submissions! :)

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  63. Yay!!!!!!! Congrats! You can't go wrong with a gal named Karen. ;) Cant wait to see your post about your first book deal. :)

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  64. Wow! What amazing news! So happy for you Julie!

    Can't wait to hear more about your writing/publishing journey. :)

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  65. Julie! This is so fantastic!! I'm so so happy for you! You've earned this, so enjoy it and celebrate it for all it's worth! I can't wait to follow you on your path even further.

    When one of us succeeds, we all get to share it and it's so wonderful!! ((Big hugs)) :)

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  66. That is wonderful news! Couldn't happen to a nicer person. I wish you much success on your journey.

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  67. Julie, I am over-the-moon happy for you! What great news to return home to--congrats!!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  68. Hip hip hooray!!!! I'm so thrilled for you! This is awesome news :) You're on to the next step - you've taken a doozy of a step here!!! Congratulations - I'm off to do a happy dance for you :)

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  69. Congratulations, I heard finding an agent is harder than finding a publisher, so all the more reason to be happy! I'm so pleased for you!

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  70. I knew it would be only a matter of time before an agent fell in love w/ your writing as much as WE have!

    Congratulations on the FABULOUS news, Julie! You are so deserving of having MANY books published. I can't wait to read them all!!!

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  71. HUGE congratulations! What fantastic news! I look forward to hearing more good tidings :)

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  72. That is so wonderful!
    Congratulations
    xoxoxoxo

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  73. Congratulations Julie! This is wonderful news!

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  74. Wonderful news. Best of luck to you.

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  75. Ohhh, congratulations Julie!!! Can't wait to see where you go from here :)

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  76. CONGRATU-FREAKIN-LATIONS!!!! I'm soooooo happy for you!!! *opens bottle of champagne*
    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    <3333333333333333333333333333
    Really excited for you, can't you tell? lol

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  77. Congratulations, Julie! Can't wait to hear what good things are sure to happen next. All best~

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  78. Congrats - this is such wonderful news!!!
    Lx

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  79. Congratulations, Julie! It's always so wonderful to hear when people have success - it gives those of us still searching hope! Best of luck with your revisions. :-)

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  80. Congratulations on the new turn in your journey! :)

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  81. I heard the big news on PK's and Lisa's blog this morning. CONGRATS!!!! :D

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  82. Oh, Julie I JUST found out!! I'm so happy for you!! Best of luck with your writing!!

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  83. I just found out from Lisa's blog post this morning! Congratulations! Now I figured for sure it was a different agent, 'cause we entered in the same contest last month and I saw that you won (and I LOVE your logline!)

    This is an amazing journey, isn't it? And the other writer friends are priceless. I love it.

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  84. Congrats. Found you through a friend. Thanks for giving us all a little hope.

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  85. Congratulations!!! Yippee! Next step:

    Expecting to hear an announcement of a sale!!!!

    Go, Julie, Go!

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  86. Major Congrats, Julie! Woo-hoo!!! It DOES happen.

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  87. Congrats, Julie--what amazing news! :)

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  88. Oooooh, that is SO exciting! All the best with those in-depth notes.

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  89. Just heard the good news from Jill's blog. Congratulations, Julie! Wishing you all the best!

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  90. Huge congratulations, Julie! I am late to the party--A to Z keeping me from my normal blog roll, but this is HUGE! I hope it's a perfect fit!

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  91. I was directed here through PK Hrezo and her A-Z ... this was on O for Opportunity ... I want to send you my biggest CONGRATS for a grant opportunity :)

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  92. Just wanted to stop by and say OMG, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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  93. Julie,
    I am so late with hearing the news, but when I did I just had to come say CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve this! Even though I have never read any of your work, the way you talk about writing has me convinced enough. You have always been there for me through the good and the bad times, and I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am to hear you have an agent and how inspirational you have become to me by being able to find someone to represent you.
    I know you've been working extremely hard to find somebody to represent your book, and it's such a relief to hear you've finally found someone:) Now I just have to catch up to you, right?
    Please keep me updated. I know I haven't been able to comment on your blog as often as I used to, but I honestly am interested in staying in touch with you and to be there for you through the disappointments and successes. So if something excited happens, email me if you'd like:)
    I'm so happy for you. I hope one day in the near future I can catch up to you and everyone else out there who is finding people who are interested in their book.

    CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS! :D

    Lots of hugs & many more congratulations,
    Lindsey

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  94. P.S. Oh wow I didn't realize I wrote so much lol

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  95. Congratulations, Julie! I'm so happy for you. :)

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  96. That's wonderful news, Julie! Congratulations!

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  97. This is fantastic news and we all rejoice with you. Congrats! and I'm sending big thoughts your way for even better things to happen.

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  98. Congratulations - I am sooo happy for you!

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  99. That is so fabulous. Congratulations. I heard Karen speak at an SCBW&I conference a few years ago and wished she were my agent. Will look forward to hearing next that you have a publisher. I know she will be tireless on your behalf.

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  100. By the way, stop by my blog, I have an award for you.

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  101. I'm a little late, but CONGRATULATIONS! One more BIG step closer to seeing your book on the shelves. :) Good luck with submissions!

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  102. Wow. So I'm a bit late to the part, but congrats! So happy for you. Best of luck on this next phase of your writing journey!

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  103. Congratulations, Julie! What wonderful news! Enjoy the thrill! I wish you well on the revisions. The nice thing is you now have the guidance of your brand new agent. =)

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  104. OMG OMG OMG!!! JULIE!!! I go out of town for a weekend, and look what happens!!! That's freakin awesome! SOOO happy for you! ((big squeezes)) YAY!!! <3

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  105. Awesome news, Julie. Congrats! You always have such informative posts and now we'll get a peek into this next chapter.

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  106. Congratulations Julie! I'm so excited for you.

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  107. Oh this made me smile!!! Congratulations, Julie! I'm so excited and happy for you!!!

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  108. Congrats! Praying you have a wonderful Easter weekend! BLessings!
    Cherie

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  109. Congratulations! Very exciting news.

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  110. Congratulations, Julie! I'm so stoked for you!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  111. I knew it wouldn't take long! I'm thrilled for you!!

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  112. Congratulations on great news! Yes, it only takes one yes--I'm waiting for that yes from an editor now. You're right that there are no guarantees and that the road is winding. I hope it goes quickly for you!

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  113. Late to the party, but YAY! Congratulations!!!!! Can't wait to see your road to publication!

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  114. Julie! I heard this wonderful news from Lisa and headed on right over here. This is awesome! Congratulations! Have you celebrated yet? You should! This is a big milestone, dear and you deserve it. :)
    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  115. Congratulations! Now you're on a new part of the journey. Enjoy.

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  116. Wow, such wonderful news Julie! I'm so excited for you :) Can't wait to hear all about your journey to publication *grins*

    Hugs,

    Rach

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  117. I'm late to the party... but congrats!

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  118. I stumbled upon the good news on another blog and just had to hop over and congratulate you! I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to hear about a S-A-L-E next!

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  119. I'm so horribly late on this. My only excuse is that I was neck deep in revision. But I wanted to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is major news! So exciting. And I'm so so happy for you, Julie!

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  120. OMG Wow! Yay for you!! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you. I look forward to following your progress as you go forward in this next part of the journey.

    Congratulations again!

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