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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Marvelous News

For the past two and a half months, whenever anybody asks me how I’m doing I say “I’m great, apart from this insane political situation!” I am angry and depressed. It feels weird and wrong to promote my work at a time like this. But then, as Mexican refugee poet (and 2016 Writers’ Room of Boston fellow) Ari Belathar remarked last week at Together We Rise, the purpose of an artist in times of oppression is to make art.

 

That said, my marvelous news has to do with art I made five years ago. Remember my children’s novel? Well, my indefatigable agent finally found a home for it. I’m speaking with my new editor at Amberjack Publishing a little less than an hour after I hit “publish” on this post.

Here’s the announcement in Publisher’s Lunch today:

Alex Award winner Camille DeAngelis’s THE BOY FROM TOMORROW, about two twelve-year-olds living in the same house one hundred years apart who form a deep and life-changing friendship using a spirit board, to Kayla Church at Amberjack, by Kate Garrick at The Karpfinger Agency (NA).

You can read more about The Boy from Tomorrow on Nova’s blog, the Main Street Vegan blog, and on its own shiny new book page. (Still trying to figure out how to make the title appear in the drop-down menu up top.) Coming to a bookstore near you on May 8, 2018!

A couple quick clarifications:

  • This book is for middle-grade readers (ages 9-12, approximately), but it is intended for children of all ages, which means you and everyone you know.
  • It is very much in keeping with my earlier novels—a pocket of magic inside the ordinary world, emotionally resonant (I hope!), bittersweet.

Four-plus years on submission, and now I’m hooked up with an indie press who have asked for my birthday so they can mail me a treat. Feeling very, very grateful!

 

4 Comments to Marvelous News

  1. January 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    SO SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!! best news ever!!! XOXOX

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    January 31, 2017 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Camille! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. January 31, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    As the others said – CONGRATULATIONS!
    This is truly wonderful and a boost for your spirit.
    And, as Churchill said whilst Britain was having the shit bombed out of it (along with the rest of Europe) – “Keep calm and carry on.”
    It is hard to know just how important those words were now they are everywhere, and have had the life sucked out of them, but they carried a nation through it’s darkest modern times.

  4. Ang's Gravatar Ang
    January 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    so so so happy to hear this news! can’t wait to read it and celebrate with you in person! please keep writing and making art.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.