Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FINALLY I CAN SHARE MY NEWS!!!!

See me looking all serene and calm? Hehehe! Erm, YEAH RIGHT! That's me trying to look way cooler than I am... when in fact, me and my big baby belly are bouncing off the walls at the moment.

Thanks to an awesome friend (Waves to Nikki) I was alerted this morning to some uber cool news!!!

EEEEHHHHH!

Okay, okay... I'm relearning how to breathe so give me a minute, and I'll tell you what's up....

Have you ever had one of those awesomely, random, fate experiences that you have no idea how it happened, and you couldn't recreate it if you tried...? Well, this was mine...

A few weeks ago while during a layover at the Chicago airport, I being me--cuz, you all know I'm crazy and just can't ever stop talking to people--plopped myself down next to a woman who was reading from her Kindle. I'd never, ever seen one of them before and was desperate to check it out. So I did the only thing I could do in such a situation, when she looked up and smiled at me--I started quizzing her about the awesomeness of the thing.

We became instant friends and hit it off--She was more than eager to tell me all about her Kindle and how much she loved it etc... So, as we kept chatting it finally came out I was an author, and I'm rewriting all the Jane Austen novels for teens. Her eyes lit up and without missing a beat she announced she was the marketing and sales director for the QVC. And they would be interested in having me on their show and selling my books.

Yes, you heard right, that's the QVC!!!!

After discussing some more possibilities with her and how we could do this. We both decided that selling the orginal Jane Austen book with my rewrite (as many people have emailed me asking if my publisher would consider this) would be the best way to go.

So, there you have it. In September, I've been invited to fly to Pennsylvania and go live on the air and sell Northanger Alibi with Northanger Abbey, as an exclusive QVC package deal.

EEEEEH!!! Can you believe it? I'm so excited! And what do you think? Could I sell Jane Austen well?
And honestly, how awesome is fate/karma/God anyway? Just amazing!

45 comments:

  1. That is awesome news, talk about your good fortunate. Makes me want to talk to strangers more often.

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  2. That is amazing! Awesome! I'm so excited for you!

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  3. That is wonderful news and you are to be heartily congratulated!

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  4. Congratulations. That was a nice opportunity that crossed your path. I suspect your enthusiasm as you talked to the QVC marketing lady is what got you the offer :) Best of luck with this awesome opportunity.

    @BrazilLit

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  5. Super exciting! :O)

    www.dianeestrella.com

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  6. Holy cow! That is SO AWESOME! Congrats, Jenni!!!

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  7. Wow! This is quite amazing! Good luck!

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  8. That's so cool. You've got great karma.

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  9. Congrats! That's a wonderful opportunity.

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  10. *squee!*

    This is awesome, awesome news, Jenni. Breathe! :)

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  11. That's great, Jenni! Congrats! :) :) :)

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  12. Oh my gosh, that's so amazing Jenni! I'm sooooo happy for you! QVC is da bomb!

    ps-- this is Bakrobi from authonomy.com, just so you know :)

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  13. That's awesome! Congrats!! You'll be in my neck of the woods...I live about 20 minutes outside of West Chester. Not sure how long you'll be there and if you'll have any down time, but there are a ton of cute shops and place to eat right in town!

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  14. That's awesome Jenni! Congrats!

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  15. WHOOT! Yay Jenni! Oh I wish I had cable now. :)

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  16. That is just so cool! You will have to let us know what day you air so we can tune in!

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  17. I am soooo happy and excited for you!!

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  18. How fun!!!! Congrats on such a big opportunity!

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  19. That is awesome news. Way to market yourself.

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  20. Congrats Jenni, I'm a big believer in everything happens for a reason. You go girl
    ;-) Be sure to let us know when you'll be on so we can watch!

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  21. Patti--Thank you! And talk to strangers! All of my best friends were strangers once!

    Nisa, Embee, THANK YOU! I'm just freaking out!!!

    Edjane--Crazy aawesome opportunity. I still can't believe it happened... my publisher was nice enough to say the same... it was my enthusiasm. Shrugs. It certainly wasn't my looks--i had no makeup on and my hair up in a bun! LOL!

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  22. Tiffany, Kara, Diane, Melissa, Lori, Lois, Angie, Janna, Elana--

    THANK YOU EVERYONE!! I'm trying to breathe, I really am! But just so crazy excited!

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  23. Empress! Bakrobi! Wahoo! I had no idea! How are you? And thank you!!!!

    Kelly--Really? I've never been to Pennsylvania before. I'm not sure what my schedule is like, but I'd love some and any advice you can give me! Thanks!

    Julie--Thanks!

    MT--LOL! I hear you! It's made me wish we had TV! LOL!

    Regina--I'll definitely let you know when my dates are up!

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  24. Terri--Thank you! I'm crazy in shock and awe at the moment!

    Laura--Thanks! Bit blown away! But excited, I think it'll be a lot of fun!

    Mary--LOL! I guess so, huh? LOL! Who knew!

    Dawn--you and me both! I couldn't figure out why i needed to buy those exact tickets with those exact layovers... crazy huh?

    THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!!

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  25. No way! :D

    I hate talking to people on planes. I may have to rethink that position...

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  26. I have no idea how I found you.. following Mormon Mommy something:) Anyways, just had to say how FABULOUS this is and congratz!!

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  27. Jenni, you deserve every blessing you get.

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  28. Jenni! That is SOOOOOOO exciting! I'm so happy for you! Good luck, I know you can do it! :)

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  29. Oh that is so EXCITING!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  30. I'm doing well, Jenni, cuz there's only 3 weeks left of college! Yay! And you're quite welcome-- QVC is so huge! I remember when my Nana used to buy things from there every week, it seemed. Anyway, well done, girlfriend!

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  31. That's SO awesome! QVC! Will we be able to see you here in the UK?

    AMAZING!

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  32. Well, well, I am so honored that you describe the story of how we met at the Chicago airport!
    And very excited, as well, that QVC wants to bring you and Jane Austen to the QVC viewers.
    Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
    PZ - West Chester, PA.

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  33. Congratulations. That is pretty awesome news. And just imagine if you'd been much quieter and NOT started a conversation. I've always said, there's a reason for everything that happens.

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  34. Hi Jenni - I am thrilled for you. What a story. It makes me want to walk up to anyone with an eReader and make friends with them. Too bad she wasn't using NOOK - the world's most advanced eReader from Barnes & Noble. ;-) (sorry got NOOK on the brain since I was talking about it at work all day)

    You will make an excellent representative for the JA fan fic author community. A seasoned author could not even dream about such a publicity opportunity, and you have right out of the gate. Well done.

    Chhers, Laurel Ann

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  35. That sounds fanatastic!!! I can't wait to hear more about Northanger Alibi! Jane Austen on QVC! What a wonderful thing for Jane Austen fans!

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  36. Good for you! Karma is everything. What goes around comes around. You exude joy, and it comes back to you. Yay, Jenni!!!!!

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  37. Michelle--Thank you! I'm so excited!

    Valerie--LOL! Talk to people! like I said before, all of my best friends were strangers once! LOL! You never know you could meet them on a plane! LOL!

    iamwoman, nikki, elizabeth & hayley--thank you! Thank you! THANKYOU!!!! Love you guys!

    Empress--Yay! three weeks, you must be sooo happy! I remember when you dropped off authono for school! LOL! And yeah, I had no idea QVC was as big as it is... I'm learning quick though! thank you!

    Talli--I don't know...? But that would be cool though! I'll find out for sure!

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  38. Patti--Eeeh! You saw it! Yay! My publisher has the nicest things to say about you--Lol! Of course we both love you to death. But I have been corrected, you are marketing for sales for On Air... Lol! And bring clients to the QVC. Either way, you're a magical fairy! So I'm happy! Thank you!

    Eric--that is my motto, everything happens for a reason. And I know... thank goodness I talked!

    Laurel Ann--Thank you! I'm still freaking out! You have no idea! And it's just so randomly wonderful. Thank you for spreading the news!!!

    Meredith--Thanks! I'm so excited! I can't wait to this new generation to read the originals! Every girl I've talked to who has read my book, has told me she can't wait to read the original now! hehehe! Or wait, that should be Muhahaha! My evil plan is working!

    Debra--Thank you! How sweet are you? You're awesome!

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  39. Jenni:
    We all got a laugh at my "promotion"! LOL.
    I'm waiting for Candace to call me, please give her a nudge!
    when is the baby due?
    pz

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  40. HOLY COW!!! Jenni, you have so much news -- and all fabulous! Blessings all around you, gorgeous gal. I'm so happy for you.
    Let us know when you're on QVC -- I'll actually watch it! LOL

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