Yes, that is the cover for the Fall 2012 Macmillan Children's catalogue. And doesn't it look familiar? Anyway, one of my lovely critique partners asked if I had cried after the cover reveal. I had not. If you read my agent to book deal story that might come as a shock, because I pretty much cried over every small moment: a full request, a call, going on sub. I was a sopping mess. I'm not sure why I didn't cry over the cover reveal. Maybe because I was waiting for it and then I couldn't get the page to refresh and my sister got to post about it before I did and I was frazzled. Or maybe because it was like going to the most awesome birthday party ever. EVER. A party that was full of fun and excitement and love. Nobody parties like book lovers, people.
But the cover of the catalogue? That was something else. It was sort of like your parent standing up at your graduation party to give a toast to tell you how proud they are of you. The party has you swollen with joy. You can't stop smiling and saying hello and thank you to everyone and then dear old dad gives his speech and it all sort of hits you - this happened. To you. And not only did it happen, people believe in you. They're excited for you and what's to come. That's how it felt to see this cover.
Sadly, Macmillan switched to all electronic catalogues this spring, so I might have to go and print a copy. But seriously, wow! (And if you click on the picture you can see all the awesome books coming from Macmillan this fall!) I'm so excited that I'm dreaming up ways to sweeten the giveaway over on The Crewel World site. Stay tuned.