It’s Awesome Announcement Time People. Seriously, AWESOME.

So after a very long year of revision to my novel, I can now say that I am officially agented by the truly excellent Steven Malk of Writer’s House.  Additionally, my novel THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING is on submission to publishers right now.  We’re aiming for the stars with some really HUGE publishers…so it will take some crazy luck and some people falling in love to get a sale, but I’m optimistic it can happen as I really love my book thanks to all the time and effort Steve and I put into it over the last year.

So yeah, I’ve been keeping things WAY under wraps on the book and here we are…now you know why…because the title is AWESOME.  :)

The Girl Who Would Be King is a YA (young adult) novel about two teenage girls with superpowers.  They’re concerned with all the normal teen things like finding themselves and falling in love but they’re also busy learning about their superpowers, and you know…trying to kill each other.

Anyway, the process could be fast or slow at this point.  Selling a book can take from a day to never.  Let’s all hope it’s closer to the former than the latter.

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.  Let’s become HUGE so you can be all “I was a fan of Kelly and 1979 Semi-Finalist when she was NOBODY…a broke ass nobody!”

So…that’s what’s been going on with me.  You?


  1. Maddy’s avatar


  2. Tara’s avatar

    Holy crap!!! Congrats, Kelly that’s absolutely amazing!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and the book, it sounds awesome–I’m going to buy like 50 copies and go skipping around pointing it out to people saying “I know the awesome lady that wrote this!” And….yeah. Congrats, Kelly, you totally deserve this, keep us all posted!!!

  3. Erica McGillivray’s avatar

    Awesome. Congratulations!

  4. DeAnne’s avatar

    Can’t wait to have the book in my hot little hands (um, so to speak). I’ll be dreaming of The Girl Who Would Be King theme park, which will hopefully open in the spring of 2018. May I be first through the gates? Please :)

    GO KELLY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Kristen Dolle’s avatar

    Yay! Gooo Kelly! I really hope your king girls conquer! $$$$

  6. Shelby’s avatar

    Congratulations! It’s been a pleasure reading your blog and I look forward to reading your book!

  7. kfugrip’s avatar

    I’m so proud of you. Let the champagne flow.

  8. LoganR’s avatar

    That is amazing, Kelly! Congrats!!!!

  9. Dean Hacker’s avatar

    Great news. Congratulations.

  10. Mariedegournay’s avatar

    Yay! Been reading for a while, but never commented. From one writer to another, congrats :)

  11. C.A.S.’s avatar

    Congratulations, K.T.! WILL be getting a copy when it’s released!

  12. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Thanks everyone! SO much. I hope there will be more good news to report soon…while I wait I’ll just be over here pulling my hair out…don’t mind the mess! :)

  13. karen’s avatar

    Sooo happy for you! Congratulations!

  14. Paul’s avatar

    Don’t forget us little people! 😛 Big congrats, Kelly!!

  15. Caanan’s avatar

    If you ever need anyone to handle the graphic novel adaptation… just sayin’. 😉 It sounds like it would make a great comic as well.

  16. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Thanks everybody. Hopefully the thing will actually sell and we can move to the NEXT level of congrats! :)

    @Caanan: I’d love to adapt it into a graphic novel at some point down the line, and I’ve penciled you in as “interested”. :)

  17. TK42ONE’s avatar

    I know I’m late. Blame it on the vacation.

    Obviously, congrats on the book, the deal, and all the fame and fortune that go with it. But being the selfish creep that I am, I’m only interested in my signed galley. Maybe you can make it special with some kick ass babe artwork?

    No need to ask for my address, I think I just put myself on the bottom of the mailing list.

  18. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    TK42ONE: Assuming the thing actually sells and gets published…I’ll see what I can do. :)

    I’ll be expecting a positive review on Library Dad though 😉

  19. marvelsmartass’s avatar

    Okay, so now I know not to take a day or two off of visiting your site.

    Kelly, I love the concept and can’t wait to read the book. This is terrific news and proof positive that good things do happen to nice, hardworking people.

    Have no fear, Grace, Cate and I will wear our “We knew Kelly when she was a broke ass nobody” shirts with pride!

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