Another book deal: a how-to guide for teen changemakers!

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Although we recently spent a week in Disneyland, last week was definitely the bigger roller coaster ride for me: I had surgery on Tuesday, then my second book deal was announced on Thursday! There’s nothing like good publishing news to cheer up a writer who is feeling down, and nothing like a book selling on proposal–with a short deadline–to make her want to recover as quickly as possible.

Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Laurie Thompson’s CHANGEMAKERS, a teen handbook for social activism and how to effect change, with tips, instruction, and practical case studies, to Nicole Geiger at Simon Pulse, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World English).

And here’s the fabulous write-up my amazing agent put up on the agency website:

Quick show of hands: Who here has ever dreamed of changing the world? Okay, now one more: Who’s actually sat down and put together a specific plan for changing the world, complete with guidelines, practical tips, and hands-on experience from those who have gone before and actually done it?

Let me introduce you to Laurie Thompson. Last year, Laurie’s first picture book was signed on by Schwartz & Wade. This week, Laurie has accepted a publication offer for her newest book, a non-fiction manual for teens and preteens, tentatively titled CHANGEMAKERS. Focusing on the experiences of teens and young people who have made a concrete difference in their own neighborhoods, countries, and across the world, CHANGEMAKERS will be the definitive guide for kids who want to make a difference but don’t know how to get started. And I have a feeling the rest of us non-kids will enjoy it too!

This book was enthusiastically signed on by Nicole Geiger at Beyond Words Publishing/Simon Pulse, and is slated for publication in Fall 2014. Huge congratulations, Laurie!

Even though this is my second book deal, it looks like it will actually be my publishing debut. My first book, a picture book, isn’t scheduled to launch until spring 2015, but this one is scheduled to come out in fall 2014. Since this one sold on proposal, however, I have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time if that is going to happen. So, please forgive me if I’m even quieter than usual for the next few months.  As soon as I am recovered enough, I’ll be back on my treadmill pounding out words!

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13 Responses to Another book deal: a how-to guide for teen changemakers!

  1. Loralee says:

    Hooray! I know this meant a lot to you, and it’ll be exciting to have it come to pass. You will love hearing back from kids who use your book!

    • Thanks, Loralee! Yes, this one has been in the works for a long time. So much so that I had all but given up hope. Then, it found its absolutely perfect home — an extremely pleasant surprise, and a reminder–once again–that patience is a virtue, especially in publishing! ;) Truly, I can’t wait to see the good works that might come from this little book.

  2. Kjersten says:

    Yay! I’m so thrilled for you Laurie! Fantastic news!

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