blo Teens Read and Write: Kudos to Alyssa!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Kudos to Alyssa!

Alyssa won't post about this but Gregory and I are very proud of our annoying sister, so we're going to do it for her.

You may or may not know that Alyssa is a writer and has recently finished a YA urban fantasy novel. She goes to conferences all the time and is a student in the UCLA Writer's Program. About a month ago she entered a contest over at the QueryTracker blog (a great resource for writers by the way). She submitted her first 5 pages along with 70 other contestants. The contest was judged by a literary agent and...

Drum roll, please!

Alyssa WON! She was notified by writer Suzette Saxton about the exciting news. There was a grand prize winner and then 3 runner-ups (or is it runners-up? We should ask Alyssa.) Anyway, Alyssa was one of the runner(s)-up(s) which means that the agent wants to see a partial manuscript of her novel!

Big news at the Kirk Household and we wanted to share it with our blogosphere family. Perhaps one day soon we'll be asking you all to review her book!

No guarantees and anything can happen but we're proud of this accomplishment.

Way to go Alyssa!


Natalie said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!!! Sorry for all the caps but THIS IS AMAZING!!! Congrats Alyssa! I'm so excited for you!

P.S. should give us a sneak preview sometime of this draft...LOL

P.P.S. And guys, you are definitely accepted as affiliates. I don't care that you guys are teenagers (technically I'm still one myself at 19). You guys ROCK! I just have to add you all to an affiliate post and everything but you're definitely in! Saying that made me feel cool. I feel like I'm the leader of some secret society. Maybe we should come up with a handshake...Hmm....Well I'm going to go before I ramble on any longer. Another big congrats to Alyssa!

ExtremeReader said...

Wow! Congrats Alyssa! That is wonderful!

Jessica B said...

That's AMAZING! I hope to able to say the same thing one day, but for now I'll just celebrate for you. I can't wait to read it!

mariska said...

WTG Alyssa ! Congrats. so happy for you :)

Jen said...

WTG Alyssa!! That is awesome! Congrats to you! :)

Staysi said...

Wow, that's awesome!! COngrats Alyssa!!!! :)

Zombie Girrrl said...

Whoo! I'm one step closer to reading Demonic Attractions!!! XD

Stormi said...

Woot woot...Congrats Alyssa! I hope things go well when they look at more of your book!!!

Eleni said...

Wow!!! That's amazing!!! That's great news for Alyssa, I'm proud of her :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Oh my gosh...
That's fantastic!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

Alyssa, that is one great accomplishment! I am confident that one day we will be reading your novel. Keep writing!

StephTheBookworm said...

How exciting! Congratulations, Alyssa! You should be very proud.

Josette said...

That's really great, congratulations! :)

Zombie Girrrl said...

Good luck, Allysa! I found out about the contest here. ^-^
BTW, thanks for all the comments! I love hearing (reading, whichever) from bloggers. =D

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Congratulations!!! That is AMAZING news. I would love to be able to read an Alyssa Kirk novel one day.

Good luck!!

Casey Something said...

I was wondering why no one had said anything about that over here. I was really excited for Alyssa when I saw the winners post.


Misty said...

Wow!!! Congrats, Alyssa! Knock the agents socks off. :D

Jenny said...

Wow!! Congrats!!!!!!!

Orchid said...

That's awesome. Congratulation Alyssa. :)

Bunny B said...

WOW!!! Congrats, Alyssa!!! Woohoo!!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Way to go, Alyssa! How exciting! Good for you.

Chioma said...

WooooW!!! She really really won. Congradulations that is beyond awesome!!! Way to get your work recognized!!! Perhaps you could give us an extra mini sneak peek?!? This must be so exciting for you guys!!!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

That's incredible! Congrats Alyssa!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for some even more amazing news. :D

Crystal said...

Yay!! Congratulations!!!

Blodeuedd said...

Amazing! Congrats Alyssa! :D

brizmus said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so totally amazing! It would be SO cool if one day we were reviewing Alyssa's novel. So cool!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Congrats, Alyssa!!! That's amazing, well done!

Anonymous said...

That's amazing! Well done, Alyssa!

Unknown said...

Congrats Alyssa!!! OMG girl, WTG!!!

May the future be bright!

Dottie :)

Teddyree said...

YAY Alyssa, what exciting news. How awesome would it be if your blogger pals get to review your book one day? Well done!!

Alessandra said...

Wow, Alyssa, congratulations! That's great! Can we know what your book is about?

Anonymous said...

Way to go Alyssa!!! Congrats :D

Caitlin said...

Congrats! What a great accomplishment!

Ladytink_534 said...

Yay for Alyssa! Congrats!!!

Lori Johnston said...

Many, many congratulations to you, Alyssa! What an amazing accomplishment. I look forward to the day when we can see your book(s) on a shelf at Barnes & Noble!

Happy day at the Kirk house!

Mariana S said...

Thats awesome!!! Congrats!!

Jessica said...

oh WOW! Thanks for sharing, you guys! That's AWESOME news!

Congrats to Alyssa!! I know anything can happen but I look forward to buying a copy of your book someday. :)

Good Luck!

Alyssa Kirk said...

Oh my gosh! I didn’t realize the boys had done this. Wow! All the support! It makes me want to cry! Happy tears though, very happy!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) ~ Thank you very much. A sneak preview? That sounds good – eventually. I am eternally tweaking my manuscript until I get an agent or editor to tell me to stop.
We’re all stoked to be affiliates! We would really like to talk to you more about what that all entails as we think this is such a great idea. And Jake and Greg are great at coming up with weird, complex handshakes!

Extreme Reader ~ Thank you!

TJ ~ I’m so grateful for your support!

Jessica Secret ~ I’m sure I’ll be the one offering congratulations in the future!

Mariska ~ Thank you so much!

GFDesignz ~ Thank you, thank you!

Staysi ~ Thanks. Side note – love your new button!

Zombie Girrrl ~ A baby step, but a step none the less! I enjoy new perspectives too, it broadens the horizons and stimulates discussion!

Ladystorm ~ With enough of us hoping for things to go well, maybe they actually will!

Eleni ~ Thank you for the support!

Juju ~ Fantastic was definitely one of the many adjectives that are being shouted throughout the house!

Laura Fabiani ~ Wow, thank you for the immense confidence!

StephTheBookworm ~ It’s definitely one of my prouder moments! Thank you!

Josette ~ Thanks so much!

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) ~ And I would love to know what you would think of an Alyssa Kirk novel one day!

Casey McCormick ~ I always feel a little weird talking about myself, but my brothers clearly don’t have a problem with that. Thanks for the love!

Misty ~ If I knock the agent’s socks off you will be the first to know!

Jenny ~ Thanks!!

Orchid ~ Thank you so much! (Note that I’m signed in as the right person this time, Greg’s hidden his computer from me.)

Bunny B ~ Thank you so much!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) ~ I’m seriously loving the support!

Chioma ~ Yeah, I really won! I was happily surprised too! I was dancing around the house until about midnight when my giddiness ran out. A sneak peek…maybe?

Nikki ~ Ah fingers crossed, thank you so much for that. I need all the help I can get!

Crystal ~ Thank you!!

Linda ~ Thanks for the support!!

Brizmus ~ I would be so psyched if you were all reviewing my stuff.

Sophie ~ Thank you very, very much!

Chase92 ~ Thank you so much!

Dottie ~ With all the encouragement from you guys, how can my future not be bright? Thank you!

Teddyree ~ I would so love to have you guys review my stuff. Just waiting for an agent…*crosses fingers, toes, arms and legs while trying to string together a necklace of four leaf clovers *

Alessandra ~ Thank you. It’s an YA urban fantasy and perhaps I’ll give more of a synopsis in a future post. I tend to be awkward talking about my book.

The Book Vixen ~ Thank you so much!

Caitlin ~ Thank you! And looking forward to your review on Beautiful Creatures! It’s on my shelf now!

Ladytink_534 ~ Thank you so very much!

Lori ~ I think I’ll squeal like a school girl when I see my book on a shelf at Barnes & Noble, and endure teasing from my brothers shortly thereafter.

oO Mariana Oo ~ Thank you!

Jessica (BookLover) ~ Thank you! Even if the agent doesn’t want to represent me, I’ll still be stoked that I placed in her contest and just keep writing and submitting. The only difference between published and unpublished authors is that the published never gave up.

Thank you again for all the support. I am so grateful and blessed by having all of you behind me!

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! That is freaky awesome! Way to go. Maybe this be just the one of many steps to get her book in print!

Alyssa Kirk said...

J Kaye - thanks for the support! I'm willing to take the steps to get there and hope this is one. I kind of write in a vacuum with a handful of family members cheering me on. This is the first time I've ventured out talking to so many people about my work (thanks to Jake and Gregory) and it has been a thrill. I'm so thankful for all the kind words. They help to keep me going!

You guys don't know how much your support means to me. I really do get teary.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Alyssa- Congrats...that is so awesome for you!! I will buy it!!!

Alyssa Kirk said...

Tina - I am so touched! Thank you! You are very sweet. Thanks for the sentiment but I promise, if it gets published, I'll get a book in your hands.

I'll get a book into everyone hands. You are family. YOu are all family and I am grateful to have you in my life!

IceJewel said...

I had no idea that you are a writer..
Congrats Alyssa for your accomplishment!! Claps claps and more claps for yaa..!
Do post anything that you have written from your collection.. :)

booklover said...

Alyssa, congrats! I'm so proud of you.

Suzette Saxton said...

Yay Alyssa! Winning couldn't have happened to a nicer person. (Plus your story rocks! I feel very lucky to have had a peek at it as I processed the submissions!)

Keep in touch,


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