Through To You – Release Day!

Today is the day THROUGH TO YOU goes out into the world and ceases to be my book–it now belongs to all of YOU. For months now, it has been finding its way to librarians, book sellers, and reviewers, but TODAY anyone in North America can purchase a copy online or at their local book store! I know I’m a writer, but I can’t think of much to say at this point except:

Thank You

And I hope you enjoy the book.

And OH MY GOD!!!

;)

A book I wrote being on shelves and read by real people is a crazy thing to think about, and I’m not going to fill up this page with my overwhelmed thoughts on what this means to me. But it is stunning proof that sitting down with just a hint of an idea can eventually lead to this:

There is a playlist that helped inspire me to write this book available here, on Spotify, but you can also get the list of songs and what they meant to me while writing here, at Epic Reads.

THROUGH TO YOU is available for purchase through any of the following sites (also available as an ebook):

Indiebound

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Books A Million

And while you’re there, another book I think you’ll LOVE comes out today: SEND ME A SIGN by my talented critique partner, Tiffany Schmidt. Be sure to check it out!

Thank you so much for sharing my release day glee! If you see a copy of THROUGH TO YOU in *the wild* please share a pic with me on Facebook or Twitter (@Emily_YA). I’d love to see it out there!

OH, and if you’re in the Denver area, you’re invited to the THROUGH TO YOU launch and book signing at The Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch) this Friday, October 5 at 7:00pm!

And now…back to revising Book 2!

:)

A Book Is Born

Please excuse my lack of preamble, niceties, etc, because…

LOOK WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL!

 

It’s a real live book with a front cover, a back cover, and even inside flaps! The title GLITTERS in the light! You may observe the barcode, ISBN, and swanky new QR code that will send you to a special THROUGH TO YOU mobile site on your smartphone! Also, it has THESE:

 

A title page AND acknowledgments page (never before seen, as it wasn’t printed in the ARC, and there were so MANY important people to thank!) But the coolest part is…

…my book has second dimension under the dust jacket:

It took me two hours of staring at the cover and flipping through the finished pages before I remembered to take the jacket OFF and look underneath. It’s SO BEAUTIFUL! The picture doesn’t do it justice–that is shiny GREEN foil spelling out the title and my name! It feels like a gorgeous secret…sort of like the one Cam finds inside the book.

You can have one of these beautiful hardcovers of your very own too in just two weeks! Here are links to preorder at The Tattered Cover, Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Books A Million

2012 Brings TWO Special Debuts

I rarely get very personal on this blog, but today I’m just going to go all crazy whats-going-on-with-me, so…LOOK OUT!

2012 was already set to be one of the biggest years of my life. I have been entirely focused on NOVEMBER 20 as the date to end all dates (no, they haven’t rescheduled the apocalypse, but it IS when that little book of mine comes out).

However, my husband, Stefan, and I now have a second date to get excited about: the first week of June. Spring will be in full swing, flowers will be blooming, and we’ll be welcoming our very first baby into the world. Yes…I’m pregnant!

We’re totally excited. Stefan and I met on the internet when we were both still in high school. A classic YA love story, and maybe one day I’ll write about it. We got married twelve years ago, and I’m pretty sure most of our family members gave up on us ever having children. What were we waiting for? Maybe something to celebrate. So the coolest thing about 2012 is: within six months Baby makes his/her debut, and six months after that, we can celebrate as a family for the debut of THROUGH TO YOU.

Life is amazing. <3

When Hollywood Comes A-Knockin’

About a month ago, shortly after the sale of THROUGH TO YOU to HarperCollins, my literary agent-extraordinaire, Mary Kole, told me there was some “Hollywood interest” in the book. Which, um, AMAZED me. I had no idea people in LA would glance twice at you if you had no book sales or weren’t a YouTube video sensation. So I told Mary that was interesting, and we both agreed we wouldn’t get excited.

Fast-forward to last Friday night, March 18th! I found myself on a conference call with Mary, and film-agent-extraordinaire, Michelle Weiner, of CAA. I don’t think I hung up for good that night until sometime after 9:00pm, but when I did, we’d accepted a film option from Paramount and The Montecito Picture Company with a whole bunch of incredible names attached!

It’s starting to feel cliche to say things like: Someone pinch me. This can’t be real. How did this happen? OMG WAT? …but humor me?

And to be clear, a film option does not necessarily mean TTY will be made into a movie. Many, MANY books are optioned all the time and never go any further than that. But for a girl who didn’t even have an AGENT four months ago, let alone a book contract or a FILM option? This is exciting.

:)

Anyway, I was pretty sure someone would tell me when the official announcement was up, but Monday this came to my attention, so… Here you are, THROUGH TO YOU film option scooped by the LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/03/like-crazy-team-will-get-through-to-you.html

Wow.

 

THROUGH TO YOU

I’m not sure how to write a blog post like this. I’ve never written about getting a book deal before.

[Update: I am now on my third try. Coherence, where are you?]

So, amazing things have been happening to me this year–and we’re only in February.

Maybe it’ll be easier if I cut right to the chase…my amazing agent, Mary Kole, sold my debut YA novel, THROUGH TO YOU, to Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins for publication in Fall 2012. I doubt I need to say this is one of the most amazing things that has happened to me. EVER! I couldn’t be more elated, thrilled, terrified, excited, and over-the-bright-and-beautiful moon!

Despite combing through message boards, blog entries, vlogs, you name it…nothing could have prepared me for this. I don’t think the emotion that goes along with selling your first book ever makes it intact to the public. Because it looks like this: (O_O), and it sounds like this: “!!!!!!!!!!!”

And yet here it is (from the Publishers Marketplace announcement):

Emily Hainsworth’s debut THROUGH TO YOU, about a grieving teen who discovers a parallel world where his girlfriend is still alive, only she’s harboring some dangerous secrets, and the devastating choices he must make, and a second, untitled book, to Alessandra Balzer at Balzer & Bray, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, at auction, for publication in Fall 2012, by Mary Kole at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).
Foreign: Taryn Fagerness
taryn.fagergness@gmail.com

After four years of writing, revising, and endless queries, I had myself convinced I’d never get an AGENT, let alone an EDITOR. Now it’s like a mini-riot inside my head: all the OLD thoughts I’ve grown used to–maybe someday, I’ll try harder, I can do this, one day–versus the NEW thoughts–I am going to be a published author, my book will be in stores, I hope people like it, OMG THIS IS REAL!

It’s that last thought I am having a hard time with. I keep experiencing these earth-shaking reality checks. Yesterday, while reading a friend’s blog entry about receiving her first edit letter, I found myself wistfully taking in her account of how daunting and exciting the edits were. I thought…wow, that would be so scary and cool…but then I caught myself and realized that WILL be scary and cool, and it’s going to happen to me SHORTLY.

I walk into book stores, but they are no longer just places where I buy other people’s books…MY book will be on the same shelves with people I admire and respect. My book. The one I wrote mostly between 10pm and 2am, falling asleep on the keys surrounded by coffee mugs and candy wrappers. The one I pitched half-heartedly to my invaluable critique partner, Courtney Summers, one night over a couple of direct messages on Twitter after giving up on my last novel:

“Ok so this never happens, but I have a title: THROUGH TO YOU. But I think my MC is a guy, and that makes me sooo uncomfortable/unsure. Idk. Think his name’s gonna be Camden. His gf recently died, but then he sees this girl (who isn’t his gf) he thinks is a ghost, except she’s not a ghost, but in another dimension, and she needs something from him but I have no idea what yet…but he’s just hoping his gf might be in another dimension and not dead?”

What shocks me now, after months of writing and revision, is that these lines still describe exactly how the novel starts. But thank you, Courtney, because her response to me that night was: “WRITE THAT.”

So I wrote it–with one agent specifically in mind the whole time: Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I knew this was foolish…but Mary had given me insightful feedback on my first novel and I just had a good feeling. I took writing THROUGH TO YOU as a challenge to impress her, and to (hopefully) take my writing to a new level along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I did send other queries…but when Mary read the manuscript, she LOVED it and offered representation: [insert dreams coming true].

Actually, make that: [INSERT MORE THAN MY WILDEST DREAMS COMING TRUE].

Agent-Extraordinaire-Mary sent THROUGH TO YOU out on submission Friday, January 14th, and by the following Friday (one week later) we had our first offer — with more to come. The next week was a haze of editor phone calls worked in around my day job, pet grooming…I’m not sure how I managed to cut dog hair straight that week, but none of my clients received an accidental mohawk the way my critique partner Tiffany Schmidt teased. That Wednesday the 26th, Mary called to tell me Taryn Fagerness of The Taryn Fagerness Agency had already sold TTY in a pre-empt to Germany (Oh Mein Gott!). And finally, Monday, January 31st, Mary sat down to auction off my book in the U.S. while I sat down to bite my nails. The next day, February 1st, we accepted a two-book deal from the fabulous Alessandra Balzer of Balzer+Bray / HarperCollins, and THROUGH TO YOU will be published in Fall 2012!

In time for the apocalypse!

So that’s my MY BOOK SOLD story! And yes…I still expect to wake up tomorrow and discover it was a dream. But I have to admit the moments when I realize IT’S REAL all over again are pretty cool. So I’ll keep re-reading emails that make me smile, and pinching myself while I await my own edits, and pointing little things out to my very patient husband to try to make it all seem real. Things like, LOOK! THIS! WILL BE ON THE SPINE OF MY BOOK:

BONUS! Read Mary Kole’s own account of the sale HERE.

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