11.29.2012

In Which I Meet The Doctor and Travel through Space and Time (i.e. Get a Book Deal)

You guys.

YOU GUYS.

You have no idea how long I've wanted to write this post. (Since I was seven, basically.)

I mean, really, who WOULDN'T be ecstatic about meeting the Doctor and traveling through time and space with him? This is what happened to me. Sort of. Well, not exactly.

But something just as cool happened.

Basically, this was me early last week:


First I couldn't believe what was happening.




Then I realized it wasn't all a dream.


And I was very pleased.




WHAT HAPPENED, YOU ASK?

Extraction is going to be published by St. Martin's Press!!

Here's the official PM announcement:


Here's what it says in case you can't read that:

Nineteen-year-old film student Stephanie Diaz's debut EXTRACTION trilogy, about a girl who wins escape from a life of brutality on her planet's surface only to face the cruel realization that her new life within the core has its own set of horrors, pitched as Divergent meets Ender's Game, to Kathy Huck at St. Martin's, at auction, in a three-book-deal, by Alison Fargis at Stonesong. (world)

Yup. You read that right. A trilogy. And it was pitched as Divergent meets Ender's Game? My life is pretty much complete.

The tentative pub date is Spring 2014!

**Update: You can now add EXTRACTION to Goodreads.







I want to hug ALL of you right now. Especially my agent, Alison Fargis, who believed in me and made all of this possible. My family, who has always been supportive of my writing endeavors. My friends who've put up with me constantly gushing about imaginary people. My readers, who've seen all my writing flaws and for some crazy reason still turn the page.

To name a few individuals whom I owe a million thanks to (but there are many more): Jennifer, Emma, Kelly, Karen, Riley, MarcyKate, Amanda, Hafsah, Kacey, Leigh Ann, and Taryn. Not to mention ALL the fantastic writers over at Agent Query Connect, which was my first writerly home on the internet.


I love you all. So. Much. This couldn't have happened without you.

P.S. This was especially cool because we accepted the offer on the one-year anniversary of the day I finished the first draft of Extraction. Fun little factoid.

Now I'm off to get started working!

32 comments:

  1. WHEEEEE! SO SO incredibly thrilled for you and for Extraction! I can't wait to read the whole thing!!! *douses you with confetti*

    And that is SO cool that it was on the anniversary of the first draft - how fun! :D

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  2. Woot! Congrats, Stephanie! :D So happy for you! :D *hugs*

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  3. ZOMG, STEPHANIE, CONGRATULATIONS! This is totally epic news! And you celebrated with Doctor Who references - as is right and good. :)

    *dances*

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  4. Thank YOU for being such an incredibly talented writer. I hope you are preparing for literary world domination right now.

    -A

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  5. A huge round of applause, balloons, streamers... Yeah, you get it -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    So happy for you!

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  6. !#$(*@&#$*!($

    THIS IS AWESOME. SO AWESOME.

    And I'm all teary-eyed - you actually mentioned me in your post! I can't wait to get my hands on EXTRACTION.

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  7. This sounds like a seriously cool series. I also can't wait to get my greedy little hands on it! Congratulations!

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  8. Sounds like a thrilling trilogy! Congrats!

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  9. GAHHHHH!!!! So excited! Spring 2014 is SO far away and I don't know how I (or you) will be able to wait that long.

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  10. I've never been here before, but saw your big news on Twitter...and now I'm so glad I stopped by. Your post is hilarious and even though I don't know you, it makes me want to cry. Much congrats...looking forward to reading your work!

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  11. Congratulations! I saw this sale on PM this morning and thought it looked so fascinating.

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  12. Mom---Patty Eveland DiazNovember 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    So incredibly happy for you, my precious daughter Stephanie!!!! What an amazing reward for all of your hard work...a dream come true!!! So cool that God gave you this talent and He is helping you to find success, using it to bring enjoyment to all who will eventually read EXTRACTION.

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  13. Congratulations! EXTRACTION sounds amazing. :D

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  14. ALL the hugs!!! I'm super happy for you, and cannot wait to pick up my copy of EXTRACTION once it goes on sale in 2014! :D

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  15. Congratulations Dearest Stephanie! I will always remember you sitting in the corner chair at the farm in Vermont, with laptop...writing...writing...writing!
    You are such a sweet and wonderful niece, Goddaughter and talent! Go get 'em!!! Love you! Aunt Helen

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  16. Remember that time where you finished a full-length novel when you were twelve, and let me read it? Looking back, yes, it was not worthy of publication...BUT it was something no other twelve year old is capable of doing. And you've ALWAYS been done that. Throughout the years between then and now, it has been SO cool to watch your development as a writer. I'm honored that you've shared with me your work for so long, and I am SO proud of you and your big news!!!!! I've always known you had it in you--and now they're giving you the chance you've always deserved to really shine. <3

    PS: Does the book deal mean I don't get to read the sequels until they're published? Cuz I don't know if I can wait that long...

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  17. Woo hoo! So happy and excited for you!!

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  18. It's been so amazing to be a part of your journey, Ms. Steph! I can't WAIT for Extraction to hit shelves and blow away reader after reader! So, so happy for you. <3<3<3

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  19. Truly wonderful news, Stephanie! I'm very happy for you.

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  20. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!! I've just recently found Taryn and I'm using her editing services and so excited to see you've found luck!

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  21. Yahoooooo!!!!! So excited for you, Stephanie!!! Can't WAIT to see the whole thing in print or e-ink!!! Sending you loads of virtual cupcakes to celebrate :)

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  22. Go Stephanie!!! Best news I've heard all day. Congrats!

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  23. I'm so happy for you, and can't wait to see it on the shelves. Congrats!

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  24. Ahh!! Congrats! So happy for you! :D Was that why you were in NY last week?

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  25. Yay Stephanie! So glad you posted your story in "film" :-D

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  26. WAHOOOO! Such great news! Congrats, and I can't wait to read Extraction. :) *happy dance*

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  27. I knew this was in your future, but it's still so awesome to read is actually happening.
    Congratulations! This is so freaking awesome! :D

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  28. Congratulations Stephanie! This is such wonderful news. Can't wait to read it.

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  29. This is seriously amazing news and I am so happy for you! Being a sixteen year old writer myself, stories like yours inspire me to keep on trying. I wish you the best of luck with your novel and those that come after it!

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