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It’s Likely That The Only Bigger News Would Be That I’m Pregnant.

Bite your tongue.

Oh wait, *I* said that.

I’m not pregnant, but I am now expecting something this year: the publication of my second book!

I know. I can’t believe it myself. I’ve worked on this labor of love since 2005 (with the bulk of it at the top of my priority list for the past two years), and the fact that it will be out there this year totally blows my mind.

The last fourteen months have been an interesting (and frustrating) part of this journey. When I sent several proposals out to publishers in November 2009, I proclaimed to the universe how badly I wanted this to happen. None of those original proposals were accepted (rejection is a big part of being a writer, you know!), and I ended up having to try to find an agent who would represent me (fail), and then reached out some more.

The journey was worth it: I know I ended up exactly where I was supposed to. I spent nearly forty minutes on the phone with my new publisher yesterday, and was thrilled that she and I are on the same page (no pun intended) about so many things regarding my book.

Naturally you’ll be hearing lots more about it (get ready!), but I can now announce here that my book is a Chicagoland travel guide for families with tweens and teens, and it’ll be published–if all goes smoothly–by June of this year by Little Creek Books!


After I hung up with my publisher (I love saying that!), my head nearly exploded from all I have to get done in the next couple of weeks, but it’s all good. Making a dream come true is hard work sometimes!

I look forward to giving you more information as the wheels start turning faster! Thanks for all of your support!

©2010 Suburban Scrawl

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  • Mom24 January 6, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Congratulations Melisa, that's so incredibly exciting!

  • Ri, the Music Savvy Mom January 6, 2011, 12:52 pm

    You ROCK. And now we HAVE to come to Chicago – not only because Brian wants to go to Wrigley Field – but because we'll have a kickin' new guide to use! Yay, Melisa!

  • Liz@thisfullhouse January 6, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I know how hard you've been working on your little labor of love. lI am SO happy for you — congratulations, my friend!

  • CanCan January 6, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Yeah! High five!

  • Dawn January 6, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Congratulations, Melisa! This is very exciting news! 🙂

  • kat January 6, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Congratulations, sis. This is well deserved and I am sooooo excited for you. You know about my love for books. Reading books…and you're writing them. So all's good!
    Holger is excited too and says Hi. xoxo

  • House of Jules January 6, 2011, 1:36 pm

    WOO HOO! Varry nyce! How much?

  • melissa (ph) January 6, 2011, 3:14 pm

    i'm so excited for you!! xoxo

  • BeautifulWreck January 6, 2011, 3:14 pm


  • Lindz January 6, 2011, 4:04 pm

    I was seriously thinking about you and this exact topic this morning while drying my hair (random, I know.) I was going to pop over and make a comment and now you've given me a reason to. Congrats! So very exciting.

  • Otter Thomas January 6, 2011, 4:07 pm

    That is awesome news! You rock! I know how awesome you are with making fun travel plans so I'm sure the book will be great.

  • mayberry January 6, 2011, 4:11 pm

    YAY! I don't think I have seen a travel guide for families with tweens/teens – GREAT idea!

  • NYCPatty January 6, 2011, 4:20 pm

    Melisa I am SO HAPPY for you! Ridiculously happy!!!!!!!

    I can't wait for June to come and your book to be out. I'm sure you'll let us know where to get a copy because I will most definitely want to read it!

  • Tara R. January 6, 2011, 5:52 pm

    One thing for sure, you know how to write an attention-grabber headline. I am so excited for you! This is very cool. Maybe you could set up a book-signing down this way.

  • DaddysFishBowl January 6, 2011, 6:25 pm

    This is so awesome!!! Congrats! I can tell you were really passionate about this and it truly paid off. I'm so happy for you!

  • Oscar January 6, 2011, 6:37 pm


    That is great news!

    I'm so happy for you.

    Pregnancy is a different labor of love. (doh)

  • Mags January 6, 2011, 6:51 pm


    This is fantastic news. 🙂 Congratulations!!!!

  • rachel's life. January 6, 2011, 7:23 pm

    That's LUSH! Well done and congratulations!!!!

  • Lynn @ Walking With Scissors January 6, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Congratulations, Melisa! That's fantastic news!!

  • Deb January 6, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Hurray Melisa! Knock 'em out!

  • Shawna Lee Coronado January 6, 2011, 9:23 pm

    WOWOWOWOWOW! SO exciting – congratulations!


  • sandra January 6, 2011, 9:53 pm


  • Scary Mommy January 6, 2011, 11:59 pm

    So exciting!!! I'm just thrilled for you!!!

  • Heather January 7, 2011, 12:47 am

    I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to see this book when it's complete and out! 🙂 I will totally have to own one! CONGRATULATIONS.

  • InnerFatGirl (Taryn) January 7, 2011, 1:33 am

    YAYY! Congrats! That is great news.

  • Momo Fali January 7, 2011, 2:14 am

    I'm SO proud of you! I can't wait to bring my tween to Chicago and get a personal tour (using your book as a guide, of course)!

  • Mr Lady January 7, 2011, 3:40 am

    That is SUCH WONDERFUL NEWS! I am veryveryvery happy for you!

  • MaNiC MoMMy™ January 7, 2011, 5:41 am


  • seashore subjects January 7, 2011, 11:53 am

    Yippee! Congratulations to you!

  • TheNextMartha January 8, 2011, 12:46 am

    So excited for you! Yeah!

  • Mrs4444 January 8, 2011, 3:09 am

    omgomgomg! WOOHOO!!! I'm so happy for you, Melissa!! Can't wait to see it in bookstores!

  • Shannon {Discipline Project} January 8, 2011, 8:25 pm

    Congratulations! That is awesome. Here's to a wonderful and successful 2011!