April 28, 2012

It's all happening!

Have you noticed I've been mostly ignoring my blog lately?

Hmm...you didn't? Well, that hurts my feelings a little.  (But not really, I promise. I've developed mighty thick skin in the past few months.)

Well, I haven't been writing much because it turns out, when I'm trying to come to a Big Decision about Something Very Important, I retreat into my own private hell of uncertainty, from which I have trouble exiting for anything other than chocolate or wine.

And there was a Very Big Decision to be made...but now I've made it!

I'm excited to share here that I'll be publishing my first book, tentatively titled How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, with MuseItUp Publishing!  It's a small, mostly-online house, and is the perfect fit for my little tale of life post-zombie-apocalypse.

I signed the contract Thursday night, and I'm super excited to be a new face on their team.

Seriously, people. I AM SO EXCITED. It's not an exaggeration for once.

It's funny. I didn't grow up wanting to be a writer. I wanted to be (in order): a fireman, a paleontologist, a doctor, an actor, and a lawyer.  Seriously - it wasn't until I majored in English that I even began to think about writing , and even then, it was more of a way of evading the "Do you want to teach" question that I was asked ALL THE TIME (teaching being the only useful thing to do with an English degree, I guess).  My answer was always, "Nah, I'd be a terrible teacher. I guess I'll just have to be a writer."

It was a joke, right? I had ideas for books all the time, but the idea of actually writing one? It was too silly to even contemplate.

But then. Then I started writing.

And I learned that wow! This is what I want to be when I grow up. This is my dream.

And this week I took a major step forward towards realizing my dreams.

So, thanks to everyone who stops by this blog - your support means millions.  Thanks to my family (especially Charles and my mom) for all your help! Please, keep it up if you can - this is going to be one hell of a journey for me, I'm sure.

And thanks to the lovely people at Muse, for giving me a chance! I'll make the most of it! I promise!

(Now we can resume normalcy here at the blog. Book review, musings on life and writing, whatever else catches my fantasy - who knows where we'll go together next!)


Brian Crawford said...

congratulations!! That is awesome news.

Jocelyn Rish said...

Squeee! I'm so excited for you!! I've seen lots of peeps out there in the blogosphere publishing with them, so I can't wait to hear about your experiences. I'm now doing a very embarrassing happy dance for you. :-)

Meredith Short said...

Kick ass. Kick. Zombie. Ass.

MuseItUp Publishing said...

Wow, I can't believe you wanted to be all the things I've ever dreamed of becoming...NOT. hehehehe

I love your enthusiasm, and you've got a really neat story to tell, that's why we fell in love with your manuscript. Kudos...congrats...felicitations...and I better quit before I make a few typos with all the different languages I have no clue about. :)

As for resuming normalcy...as a writer, what exactly is that? LOL!

Great to have you part of our team. Once again, congratulations.

Alison said...

I am so proud of you Leah!!! Way to go. I can't wait to read it!! Lots of love. You are an amazing writer.

Leah said...

Eeep - I am getting overwhelmed with kindnesses. Thank you all!!! :)

Oh - Lea - normalcy here is more than one post every 10 days....normalcy in my LIFE? Doesn't exist...

Anonymous said...

It's Allison.
We are very proud of you. I am so excited and can not wait to read your novel. Our e-readers are ready and waiting.

Emily said...

Eep! I'm so excited for you, congratulations!!!

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