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How I Met My Publisher(s)

How I Met My Publisher(s)

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to FINALLY be able to share some important news with you. But now that the time has finally come, I don’t even know how to start. I’ve been sitting on this secret so long, I can’t find the words I want — which is unfortunate, since my job is words.

I’m going to pull a Ted Mosby and back this train all up to show you How I Met My Publisher(s). Here we go!

Gifs will help me.



February 2016

My agent Amber has been working with me on Illuminate for some time. But she’s like, “Look, I’m going to need you to stop talking to me about this refugee novel idea you’ve got and actually write it.”

So I’m like…



March 2016

I finish my first draft and send it off to Amber and a few secret people. Amber comes back and is all, “I know you love YA fantasy and I’mma let you do that, but first I think this should be your debut.”

So I’m like…

“Let’s do it.”

April – June 2016

I redraft, gather a team of fabulous readers all around the world, redraft again, hold brainstorming phone calls with Amber, redraft again, etc., until a very shiny complete second draft is done. The encouraging feedback of my readers and the ticking timeline spur me on.

corgi jump



July – October 2016

Amber and I keep tweaking it until we have a really lovely revised draft on our hands.



[Early] November 2016

Amber’s all, “I’m going to send it out to publishers.” And, “I’m going to ask for a deadline to express interest.” And, “This could be really big BUT DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP but it could be really big BUT KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW.”

So I’m like…

dont freak out

parks and rec



[Mid] November 2016

While I’m getting a Remicade dose on an IV drip for my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I get a call from “Reading”. I’m like, “LOL, nice try, spam callers. Like I’m going to fall for that!” But then I get a call from Skylark Literary (which I can’t answer because they’re adjusting the IV). And an urgent message from Amber like, “Call me back ASAP!”

One week after submission, we’ve received our first preempt (early offer).

We turn it down.


Also me:

(The writing career is a very confusing place, emotionally speaking.)

[Early] December 2016

I’m in London for a conference. I have a call with one of the interested editors and we mesh really well. Then I’m able to go to the Skylark Literary Christmas party. During the celebration, Amber has to slither under the table to go outside and take a call from the U.S. It’s about me.

Everyone at the table is like:

tom grin

[Mid] December 2016

Amber’s all, “A lot of people are interested.” And, “I think we should go to auction.” And, “Give me the green light and we’ll do this thing!”

So I’m like…

“Go forth!”

(I also message my friends like:

They are great support and half the reason I stay even a little sane.)

[Mid-Late-ish] December 2016

The final offers are in. Amber and I wipe the sweat from our brows. We examine the battlefield. There are clear victors. Yes, plural.


So the long and short of it is…

My debut THE ELEVENTH TRADE will be released Fall 2018…

With another MG contemporary book following in Fall 2019…

Published by…

Roaring Brooks of Macmillan in the U.S.!

And HotKey Books in the U.K.!

I’m sure that in the future I’ll have more coherent blog entries like How I Wrote and Got a Publisher in Less than a Year (spoiler: because I’d written 10 books that weren’t published) and All of My Feelings That Hardly Anyone Knew I had Because I am So Reserved™. But for now, I’m just going to dissolve into babbling gifs.


Also my mom promised I could get a corgi when my first book is published so I’M COMIN’ FOR YOU FALL 2018, TINY BBY FLUFF BALL!

Alternate and more accurately derpy header for this entry:

How I met my My Publisher(s)

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  1. Congratulations, Alyssa!

    1. Thank you!!

  2. ALYSSA YOU’RE AMAZING So much congrats! Your year has started in the most awesome way, with much more excitement to come! I can’t wait to see your name on shelves (and to read your book/s!) 😀

  3. (I just read this entire post aloud to my flatmate and we are both in excited awe/celebration for you!)

    1. Haha! Thanks, Lily! 😀

  4. So. Unbelievably. Excited. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until 2018! Congratulations!

    1. I don’t know how I’m going to have everything done by 2018! ;D

  5. Best wishes!! God bless! 🙂

    ~John 3:16~

    1. Thank you!!

  6. Awesome! I’m so excited for you!!! (And for me, ‘CAUSE AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT I’M GONNA GET MY HANDS ON IT AND READ IT TILL THE SPINE FALLS OFF!) Thanks for sharing your experiences. You’re a big inspiration to me. I hope things go smoothly for you and that your path is free of glitches and stress.

    1. Thanks, dear! I’m so excited to share it with everyone! And, of course, I’ll keep documenting my thoughts/tips through the whole process. 😉

  7. I’m pressing that new Iphone confetti gif thing on my short little message to you. then its all gone.
    Wow that was fun.


    1. Haha! Thanks, Jeanne!

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