May 3, 2013

HENNY- Inching Her Way Along

This weeks' EXCITEMENT:  I received the proofs and F & Gs (publishing lingo for "folded and gathereds"- aka a book, unbound, without its cover) from Simon & Schuster!
Before I opened the package, I have to admit feeling some trepidation.  Perhaps it was the irrational fear that maybe something went wrong, or I didn't do it right, or some other gobbledygook that the little dark devil on my shoulder was whispering in my ear.
Well, I promptly flicked the little stinker off his perch upon laying eyes on this:
One more little round of minor "tweaks" and HENNY will be on her way! 
I couldn't have asked for a better process from my editors, Alexandra Penfold and Paula Wiseman, and my unbelievably talented art director, Lucy Ruth Cummins.
Word is HENNY will be up on Amazon soon for pre-order.  You can be SURE I'll keep you posted!
Thank you, dear blog friends, for keeping track of my quirky little character.
Henny and I so appreciate your attention and support :)  Bwwaakk!

73 comments:

  1. Congratulations! What a great feeling to be holding Henny in your hands!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Yes.... an amazing feeling!

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  2. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    I AM THRILLED FOR YOU ALL! HENNY, peck away dearest....you are a STAR NOW! Elizabeth, BRAVO. WELL DONE. YOU HAVE ARRIVED! Loving this today!!!! I am so happy.....

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    1. Thanks, dear A.! I think, though, it is HENNY who has arrived :)

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  3. Oooo! Now just a matter of which of the nieces and nephews birthday falls close to publication date. I have ten... (so far)

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    1. Henny and I are pleased that your family is so prolific :) I refer to the little ones, with the utmost affection, as "HENNY fodder." :) :)

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  4. AHHHHH!!!!! This is so exciting!! Congratulations!

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  5. What a great post! Packed with the emotion and excitement. Such a buzz and good time for you, elizabeth, well done!

    I once got a manuscript back for 'checking' and they had got the title wrong: it was called "Coat Tales" (tales about coats) and the editor had it as "Coat Tails" ( a coat with tails). Despite a lot of tooing and froing ... it emerged as "Coat Tails" ...aaaarrrggghh!

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    1. Aaaaaarrrggghh is right! Yikes! How frustrating for you. Luckily, we only have some color and line weight tweaks. Thanks, John, for the good wishes :)

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  6. What a wonderful feeling to see and hold the F&Gs. A big high five to Henny!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carin! I know you know just how it feels :) Henny's high-five-in' you right back!

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  7. How exciting! One step closer!!!! Congratulations!

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  8. Can't wait for Henny! Big congratulations to you. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much, Camille! Henny is taking a bow :)

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    1. Hey, Dawn! Thanks....and thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. I wanna be the first--the FIRST to sign up for a pre-order!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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    1. You are the BEST, Suzzze! (Henny blows kiss)

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  11. SO exciting, Beth! and it looks terrific! I can't wait for my copy... and one for my granddaughter :)

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    1. Oh! Susanna! ;) Thanks so much!! Can't wait for you and yours to have them!

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  12. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D That's me grinning from ear to ear for you and Henny!

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    1. Henny is grinning right back atcha, R. Thanks so much!

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  13. Congratulations my friend. I am so so pleased for you!!!!

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  14. Congrats, Elizabeth and Henny. :-)

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  15. This is marvelous Elizabeth! Well done :) .... I hope I am as successful ad you in the future <3 best of luck, Lisa

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  16. ELIZABETH!!!!

    I just discovered your comment on my older post; I have a new post up and would have missed your comment if I would not have looked by mistake!

    YOU WANT TO JOIN THE PARTY? LET'S GO! All you have to do is prepare a post for May 17th to May 24th and visit the other blogs when you can. That's all! Henny will LOVE France; chickens are welcome and Le Coq is the National symbol! teheee

    OK, I am putting your name on the list that is appearing on my current post. You will see the link to your blog starting the day of the party! Anita

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    1. Thanks for including me, Anita! The people at S & S actually mentioned to me in one of our meetings that they were anticipating a warm reception for HENNY in France! Looking forward :)

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  17. This really is great!!! The book looks fabulous - LOVE the cover illustration!!!!!

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  18. Elizabeth! Awesome news!
    Congratulations :D
    Curious to know more about the book :D

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    1. Thanks! I'll be sure and keep you posted. Henny will be unfurling her arms soon ;)

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  19. SQUEE - Won't be long now - how exciting for you!!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. It still seems like forever, but you're right--next thing I know, she'll be here!

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    1. Henny so appreciates your good wishes, Mr. MacGregor :)

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  21. What can I say other than, Fly, fly away Henny, into the great world of publishing success. But do come back here occasionally, please.

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    1. Thank you so very much! Henny and I will always do our best to stay current with all of our wonderful blog friends. We've been missing out a bit, of late :(

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  22. HENNY! Congrats! So excited to check it out!

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    1. Michaele- thanks! Looking forward to when you can :)

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  23. Awesome!! Any way we could purchase a signed copy when it eventually drops? (I like to think I'm emulating my favorite rappers when I refer to things "dropping" ;-))

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    1. You and T are already on my list for when Henny drops (actually sounds more like a bodily bird function). The short answer is, "ABSOLUTELY!"

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    2. WooHoo! Can't wait! Just let me know the when/where/and hows and I'll be there!

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  24. Hooray for you and hooray for Henny! This must be so exciting!

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    1. Thanks, Rhissanna! Yes, it is very exciting. I can't imagine what it will be like in January!! ;)

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  25. Congratulations, Elizabeth! And so glad to finally have met you at the conference. I look forward to seeing Henny on Canadian bookshelves soon. Cluck! Cluck!

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    1. Likewise, Nancy! Oddly enough, HENNY is already listed on amazon.ca
      http://www.amazon.ca/Henny-Elizabeth-Rose-Stanton/dp/1442484365/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367851555&sr=8-1&keywords=henny+elizabeth+rose+stanton

      That's a long address leading to being able to sign up for an email notification for when the book becomes available for pre-order! The whole book publishing thing sure seems to unfold in mysterious ways.
      Again, so great to meet you, too! Thanks, Nancy!

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  26. I do love the look on the old girl's face. :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Thanks, Pearl. Henny is a self-possessed chix. ;) Glad you stopped by :)

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  27. That's terrific! Congrats and I bet it must feel exciting and a bit terrifying to be pushing so close. But I wish Henny a great debut!

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  28. WHOOOOOOOT WHOOOOOOT WHOOOOOOOTTTTT!! I'm THRILLED for you, Elizabeth. The F&G's look amazing...and I love the design and type choices for your cover to highlight your awesome illustration!! Congratulations to you and I couldn't be more happy for you..you deserve this so very much! I will await the pre-ordering info for my copy! : ) Wishing you a wonderful week ahead..this is so darned exciting! YAY!!

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    1. Shirley! You are so sweet :) I'm so happy to be able to put a little of HENNY "out there." I call Lucy Cummins (my art director) the Queen of Fonts ;)
      Thanks for sharing the excitement with me!

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  29. Many congratulations! You give us arty bloggers hope and inspiration! Hard work pays off. :)

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    1. Then things must be paying off for you, Cindy! Your illos are such fun :)
      Thanks for the congrats!

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  30. Congratulations, Elizabeth! That is wonderful news! I look forward to seeing a copy of "Henny" on the shelves of my local bookstore (but I just might have to order it on Amazon).

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    1. Hey, Theo! I am an ardent supporter of local bookshops, so I hope you pick up HENNY there ... BUT-- I'm told Amazon pre-order sales are important--so if you need another copy, pre-order away!! One way or the other, Henny and I say THANK YOU for your support!!

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  31. Gosh, does that ever look great. I have no doubt this first book will be a big hit. Congratulations, Liz.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ted. Henny and I hope you are right :)

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  32. Thanks for your lovely comment, blog buddy. I'm soooo excited for your book! I've got to check in at Hicklebee's, my neighborhood (fabulous) children's bookstore to make sure they will have some copies! And to think, I knew Henny when she was first starting out...tee hee.

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    1. Henny is clapping her little hands in delight, Sarah. Thanks!

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  33. You must be so excited! Well deserved! Best wishes to you!

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