it’s done!

just signed the contract
with Random House Children’s Books
in the mail it goes

Where’s a brass band when you need it?

Oh yeah, here it is!

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I got the 411, yo

spreading haiku love
kind of like a haiku plague
but, you know, better

After my 6 week postpartum Jab N’ Rummage yesterday I was somewhat cranky. Just because jabbing and rummaging are uncomfortable, you know?

But then, on my way home, I checked the mail and lo! I got my copy of Toddler 411. Heading chapters 8 and 11 are two of my haiku. Cool.

This means I’ve successfully lured Dr. Ari Brown into the haiku fold. Who will be next? Bwa hahahahaha.

From the official announcement…

brain spinning wildly
so much going on right now
will I sleep again?

From the official announcement:

Haiku Mama author Kari Anne Roy’s MIKE’S TERRA BALL ADVENTURE, set in
2240, when Mike’s parents drag him along on a mission to colonize Mars
and he discovers a conspiracy which may land his parents in jail (or
worse, land him in detention), to Schuyler Hooke at Random House
Children’s, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (NA).

(Children’s: Middle Grade)

I don’t have any release date details yet, and I know the title is probably going to change, but still… the word is out! How cool is that?

thankyouthankyouthankyou

had a super time
though public speaking is hard
and makes me turn red

The signing at BookPeople went really well last night – thanks to everyone who showed up! Your support and encouragement and smiles and snazzy slings make me a happy person.

The reading was really fun, though I wish I had practiced. I didn’t think about how LONG it has been since I’ve done any public speaking. Eesh. I don’t really mind talking in front of groups, but I don’t like stuttering and turning blotchy. That seems to be a new thing in my repertoire.

Afterwards, I actually asked the nice BookPeople event facilitator, "Did I project? I was in drama in high school!" [insert head slap here] How does one manage to bring up high school at such inopportune moments? Ha. What a dork.

Anyway, it was really, really great fun and now I am thinking of just stalking the bookstore and trying to recruit people to come sit with me, kum-ba-ya style on the floor while I regale them with self-centered stories about why snot haiku is critical for a mother’s self-esteem. Fun!

Now I am off to gather supplies for the Wee One’s birthday party tomorrow. If I got luster dust to make a silver robot cake would that mean every kid at the party would still have silver innards when they turn 40? (oh, the tenses in that sentence.) I’m skeptical about metallic things you can supposedly eat. But a silver robot cake sure would look rad.

silver robot cake
carcinogenic, or fun?
difficult toss up

Holy Fartknockers!

Random House offer!!!
for my middle grade novel!!!
I just wet my pants!!!

My novel – the one for kids just a tad younger than YA – is going to be published by Random House! THE Random House – the one that publishes Judy Blume and Louis Sachar and Carl Hiaason and the Junie B Jones books! And they’re going to pay me. And release it in hardback before paperback. And I think I just fainted.

I am happily stunned into amazed and exhilarated silence. For now.

Ho.
Lee.
Shmo.
Lee.

BookPeople!

please come by, say hi
so I won’t be all alone
with finger in nose

The day after tomorrow – that’s Thursday, June 1st at 7pm – is my book signing at BookPeople. Please, if you’re in Austin, or near Austin, or able to teleport yourself to Austin, come visit me.

I think I get to talk and read some of the book and answer questions as well as sign the book. So even if you have a book already and don’t want another one, come by anyway.

Plus, there’s the added bonus that I could go into labor at any moment. Add that to Sharpies and watching me stumble over public speaking and you have yourself quite an evening of fun.

couple of things

some more horn tooting
or, we could say "marketing"
sure, yeah, let’s say that

There’s a review of Haiku Mama up on the Seattle Times site. And there’s an interview that was written for the Houston Chronicle and picked up by a couple of different papers. I never did actually see the interview in the Houston paper, though. (At the end, there’s a Brad and Angelina baby thing – and I meant it as a joke. It kind of doesn’t come off that way. But really. I was joking.)

Also, if I’m brave enough (and if I can find the camera USB cord) I might post some pictures from the signings. My hair is very short and my belly is very large, though, so I will continue to ponder.

This was the most boring, self-centered post ever, wasn’t it? Ah, well.