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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The News I’ve Been Dying to Share …

The News I’ve Been Dying to Share …

I love my agent, Sara Crowe!
Well, that’s old news. I’ve been loving her since a) she raved about one of my characters and offered to represent me and b) her sharp editorial eye picked out what my manuscripts were lacking and pointed me in the right direction to fix them.
But now I have a new reason to love her!
My historical mystery, THE CAGED GRAVES, has sold to Dinah Stevenson of Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)!
From Publishers’ Marketplace:
WE HEAR THE DEAD author Dianne Salerni’s THE CAGED GRAVES, in which a 17-year-old returns to her hometown — where “the dead don’t stay where you put them” — to marry a young man she’s met only through letters, an unpromising engagement complicated by another suitor and by her family’s entanglement with a legendary treasure and rumors about why her mother was buried in a caged grave, to Dinah Stevenson at Clarion by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger.
I’ve been grinning stupidly for days now. This is an amazing way to end my summer vacation, and I’ll be headed back to the teaching trenches next week walking on air! Recess and lunch duty? No problem. Some of the supplies haven’t come in yet? I’ll manage. Don’t have your homework? Wait – that’s still going to be a problem, even if I did just sell a book. Sorry, kids.
THE CAGED GRAVES is fictional, but the story was inspired by two real caged graves in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I’ll soon be planning another trip to the mountains so I can visit the cemetery and leave flowers for those two young women. I owe them big time!

19 Responses to The News I’ve Been Dying to Share …

  1. Sarah says:

    Dianne!!!!!! Congratulations! I was really hoping this was the kind of news you were getting ready to share! Can’t wait to read CAGED GRAVES!

  2. Lin-z says:

    I KNEW IT!!!!!!! my special finger crossing has done it again! Can’t wait to see ur published book on the shelf!

  3. Emy Shin says:

    Congratulations! THE CAGED GRAVES — and the pictures you’ve posted — sound eerie and amazing!

  4. Linda G. says:

    WOO-HOO!!! Congratulations!! That is fantastic news. 😀

  5. Dianne! That’s fabulous. Squeeee! And your story sound SO intriguing. I’d never heard of caged graves. O_o

  6. mshatch says:

    well, you know how happy I am for you but I’ll say it again anyway; way to go Dianne! and I can’t wait to buy the book – even tho I’ve already read it a few times 😉

  7. Anita says:

    Yay! Great big cyber high-five!

  8. Wow, congratulations! You must be over the moon. The picture and the blurb really got me interested. Bravo!
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  9. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! HOORAY!!! YIPPEEE!!! WOOT WOOT!!! im just sooooo happy for you. whens my tee shirt coming?? ha ha.
    …hugs from lenny

  10. Kate Scott says:

    Confetti flying through the air. Dancing on table. Shouting for joy. Hazzah!


    YAY!!! Congrats, Dianne!

  12. Huntress says:

    Pass out the Confetti and Noise Makers!!

    Congrats and all my Bestest Wishes for your book. Can’t wait to see it on the shelves.

  13. JEM says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s amazing news, and well deserved! I can’t wait for the book to come out, it sounds so creepy!

  14. Congratulations!! All the best with you book.

  15. AHHHHHHH! Congratulations! This is fantabulous news, and I couldn’t be happier for you. I believe I’ll drink a toast to you tonight … heck, might as well make it TWO … (seeing’s as how I’m so happy for you and all.) Seriously, good for you.

  16. CONGRATULATIONS! 😀 That’s fantastic!

  17. Joy Preble says:

    Dianne!!! Just catching up on my blog reading and wowza!! Such absolutely fabulous wonderful terrific news!! Am doing happy dance for you, my friend.

  18. Diane, just got back from Disney and catching up. Way to go girlfriend! Seriously, what an incredible way to end the summer. Great job!