Meagan Spooner
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

2017-11-06T11:42:38-05:00

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

2017-11-06T11:44:34-05:00

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."
One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

2017-11-06T11:48:19-05:00

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

2017-11-06T12:09:41-05:00

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.
Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

2017-11-06T12:13:28-05:00

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.
Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

2017-11-27T09:17:02-05:00

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.
With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.

Booklist (Starred Review)

2017-11-27T10:01:57-05:00

Booklist (Starred Review)

With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.
This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.

VOYA

2017-11-27T10:05:07-05:00

VOYA

This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.
Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.

VOYA Magazine, starred review

2017-11-27T10:27:43-05:00

VOYA Magazine, starred review

Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.
An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?

Children's Literature

2017-11-27T10:29:04-05:00

Children's Literature

An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?
A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.


Marie Lu

2017-11-27T15:17:04-05:00

Marie Lu

A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.
Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

VOYA

2017-11-27T15:18:24-05:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

Celebrations and Lockets

So here’s the thing–I never actually did anything to celebrate my book sale. I mean, I danced around and told my family and so on, but I didn’t crack open any champagne or go out to dinner. One of the things about going down the agent/publisher path is that you can’t be completely transparent about what’s going on, but things happened for me along the way that ended up leaving me really wary of believing it was real. So it was a gradual realization for me–days and weeks went by and no one said “Psych!” and even now, it’s still an ongoing process of believing that it’s happening.

Part of that wariness translated into not celebrating. And the gradual nature of believing it meant that there was no specific day or moment where suddenly I realized, “I’m going to be published!” But anyway, I realized a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t celebrated. Luckily, I knew what I wanted to do.

I found this locket on Etsy back in September of last year and totally fell in love with it. It’s book-shaped, it has steampunky (or magicpunky!) gears on the front, a bee on the cover, and even a little bird (for Lark!) on the chain. It was as though it was MADE for me and my book. I always told myself I’d buy it if I sold the book. I was telling my mother about this locket and how much I wished I had it, and she basically went, “So? Why don’t you have it?” And when we got home, she went and bought it for me. Because she’s awesome. <3

I was a little worried when I ordered it that it’d be too big or clunky to wear on an everyday basis, but it turns out that it’s actually the perfect size. (See picture with my fingers for reference.) The chain is the perfect length so that it sits right below the hollow of the throat, and being fixed to the locket means the clasp doesn’t slide around to the front, which it inevitably does on every other necklace I own.

The icing on the cake, for me, was that the owner of the shop was an absolute sweetheart. I sent a note with my order explaining why the necklace had such significance to me, and why I was finally buying it after approximately nine months of gazing at it longingly, and she wrote back just completely psyched.  I definitely urge you to go take a look at her store, because she has tons of gorgeous jewelry there, and a ton of steampunky stuff to boot. (I mean, she actually has whole sections of the store devoted to steampunk-themed necklaces!)

I’m so thrilled with this necklace. It’s exactly the sort of thing I want–a reminder, that I can carry with me, that those close to me will recognize for what it is. So count this as one more step towards believing it.

What have you guys done to celebrate milestones? What do you have planned for when you sell a book or sign with your dream agent?

 

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21 Responses to “Celebrations and Lockets”

  1. Cool locket. I haven’t done a lot. Maybe if I get on the best seller list I’ll celebrate then.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

    • Meagan says:

      Yeah, I think there’s a tendency to always have an eye on what’s ahead. I know I’m guilty of that myself. Maybe that means it’s all the more important to stop and smell the roses sometimes. 🙂

  2. I’m glad you finally celebrated! I think like you when signing with an agent or getting a book deal it would take time to set in. But I’d do something! That necklace is perfect! And congrats on selling in other countries. So cool!

  3. Sarah says:

    That locket is awesome!

    I don’t know what I’d do if I managed to land an agent. I honestly haven’t thought that far ahead. Maybe I’ll do something when I finish the first draft 🙂

    • Meagan says:

      Isn’t it? I was totally blown away when I first found it!

      Definitely do something to celebrate! Especially since it can be helpful to take a significant break after finishing a draft, and before starting rewrites.

  4. Jemi Fraser says:

    Love the locket – I’ll definitely check out her site!!
    I’m not far enough along in the process to think celebration yet … although I do think I gave myself a whole day off to read when I finished NaNo! 🙂

    • Meagan says:

      Her shop is AWESOME. Definitely check it out.

      Man, sometimes those little days of celebration are all you need to keep going. I took a vacation after finishing my first draft where I just read for a week. XD Reading is such good imagination fodder.

  5. PK Hrezo says:

    Meagan, this is such a cool story! I LURVE it when stuff like this happens. That necklace is too too cool. You were def meant to have it. And way to go to your mom. I’m so glad she bought it for you… cuz you should be celebrating for sure.
    I didn’t realize your book was coming out next year. I’ve brushed up your progress with the The Iron Wood. It sounds like an awesome read! Your agent sold it pretty quickly it seems, so you should be super proud and stoked.Cheers to that!

    • Meagan says:

      Hah, I’m glad you think it’s cool! I felt a bit silly after posting this, but it’s just such a neat shop and a neat necklace that I couldn’t resist.

      Aww, thank you! Yeah, believe me, I still have moments where I realize my book’s coming out next year. YIKES! It did happen pretty quickly, all things considered!

  6. So pretty, Meagan! And how awesome is it that you found the perfect peice of jewelry to celebrate your sale? It was totally meant to be. 🙂

  7. The locket is beautiful. You deserve it.

    I don’t think I really celebrated. My news happened at a busy time for me.

    • Meagan says:

      Celebrate now! 🙂 That’s what I did when I realized I never celebrated. Sometimes stopping to smell the roses is one of the more important parts of the process.

  8. Talli Roland says:

    Yay for celebrating! And yay for lockets. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in all the angst that’s involved in the process (for me, anyway) and forget to just be happy!

  9. Jenny says:

    Where do you live? I want to take you out for a glass (or bottle) of champagne!
    The locket is perfect for you.

    • Meagan says:

      I would so take you up on that! 😛 Live anywhere near D.C.? 😉

      I love the locket to bits. Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to put inside it… Hmmmm.

  10. It’s a beautiful necklace. I think celebrating is important. We work hard enough for those milestones, after all! 😉

  11. Amie Kaufman says:

    Sigh. Her stuff is sooooo beautiful. And it’s good, timely advice you give about stopping to smell the roses and celebrate each milestone.

    My rewards mostly centre around food, but perhaps it’s time to dream big!

  12. Brandi says:

    Beautiful neacklace! I haven’t decided on what I’m going to do when I get my dream agent. Pass out most likely. After that we’ll see. Grats, Meagan! It’s REAL!

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