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My (Really) Big News

I can hardly believe that I am about to type the following sentence.

This week I accepted an offer from Penguin to publish my memoir.

The Rules of Inheritance will debut in hardcover in the spring of 2012 through Hudson Street Press, and then again in paperback through Plume a year after that.

I know that some of this may be surprising — I’ve kept completely silent about the process here on my blog, and actually with most of my friends as well. Suffice to say, I’ve been working incredibly hard on this book and I couldn’t be more thrilled or more humbled to have found a home for it. I also can’t thank my dazzling agent Wendy enough for everything she has done.

I cried the other day thinking about how much I want to share this news with my parents, but how I wouldn’t even be writing this book had they not died. I can’t help but feel that they are somewhere right now, smiling at me.

 

82 Comments

  1. Claire,
    Your parents would have been so proud of you and I am sorry that they are not here to celebrate this moment with you.
    Know that your in-laws are very proud of this accomplishment and are absolutely thrilled and excited for you and all your hard work!! Love to you!

    Comment by Rita on January 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

  2. Holy cow!! Congratulations!!

    Comment by Joanne on January 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

  3. Yay! I can’t wait to read it!

    Comment by Jenna on January 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

  4. Amazing! Can’t wait to buy it!

    Comment by Amy on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

  5. This is such fantastic news! You are seriously one of my favorite writers. I can’t wait to read the book!

    Comment by Caroline on January 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

  6. Wow! Wow! Congratulations, Claire! You really deserve this. Looking forward to reading the book!

    Comment by Helen on January 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

  7. What to say…I’m bursting with pride! You deserve it. Awesome.

    Comment by Liz on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

  8. Conhratulations Claire! That is amazing news to say the least! Can’t wait to read the book!

    Comment by Wendy on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

  9. I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

    Comment by Darrin on January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

  10. Oh! Such great news! Congratulations Claire! How sweet it is to hear that you’re going to be a PUBLISHED BOOK AUTHOR!

    Comment by Bryce on January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

  11. Do your blog readers get advance copies?? :)

    Comment by Tiffany on January 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

  12. Congratulations, this is spectacular news. I can’t wait to buy a copy.

    Comment by Jessica Sant on January 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

  13. Wow, congrats! There is no other blogger out there I’d rather see this happen to!

    Comment by Karen on January 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

  14. I stumbled on your blog about a month ago and have really enjoyed everything I’ve read. Delurking to say Congrats!!

    Comment by Jenn on January 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

  15. Stupendous news!

    Comment by Kerry on January 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  16. Long-awaited, ever-so-well-deserved, and incredibly smart of that publishing house!!!
    Like Karen said, there’s no one else’s blog on which I would rather read this news.
    Enormous congratulatory hugs from here :-)

    Comment by Carroll on January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  17. This is super exciting news!
    Keep in mind that while it’s incredibly unfortunate that you can’t share this with the two people who matter most to you, you are getting to share this with a lot of people that you couldn’t have possibly reached if life hadn’t dealt you the hand it did. I, for one, want to thank you for what you choose to share with us – from the beginning of your heartache to your sweet happiness today. It helps some of us more than you could know.
    Well done, Claire! I’m very excited to read it when it comes out.

    Comment by Angela on January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  18. What wonderful wonderful news! Well deserved and I can’t wait to read it. Absolutely fantabulous! Yay you!!!!!

    Comment by Erika on January 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  19. I am truly so happy for you Claire – this is such big news. Its inspiring to witness someone’s dream comes true. How exciting! I hope you keep us posted on the process – and can’t wait like everyone else to read it.

    Comment by Tanya on January 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  20. Congrats! I found your blog last year and have since gone back and read through the archives. Reading new posts and seeing pictures of your beautiful girl makes my day! Hope your book is available in Australia!

    Comment by Nenelle Chin on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  21. Oh, Claire! I can’t tell you how happy I am for you. This is such wonderful news! All your work – involving such heartache and joy – has come to fruition and I echo the sentiments of all above. Hugs from (flood-hit) Brisbane.

    Comment by Sara M on January 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  22. My cup runneth for you, Claire. I can hardly wait……..

    Comment by Kaye King on January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

  23. Goodness me what lovely lovely news. Well deserved massive congratulations to you Claire.

    Comment by jill on January 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  24. Congrats! What an exciting step!

    Comment by Anne on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  25. Wow Claire! That is awesome! Your story resonates and I’m so happy it’s being published. Keep remembering to get some sleep!

    Comment by Christine on January 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  26. SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Can’t wait to read it!

    Comment by Aeshna on January 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  27. OMG OMG OMG..I have been reading your blog for like a long time now but recently shared the link with a close friend and she called me very early sounding so so so so excited, she did not tell me the news, just pestered me to check! Thats what your blog does to people and I am sure the book would be wonderful!
    I cannot wait to read it..yayy :D :D
    Loads of best wishes and I shall pray for a super duper successful launch!

    Comment by Nima on January 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  28. WOW! CONGRATULATIONS:)
    YOU DESERVE IT!

    Comment by GAYATRI on January 13, 2011 at 12:54 am

  29. Rita, this is so sweet. Thank you. And thank you for being such a wonderful mother-in-law!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

  30. Thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

  31. Yay, thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

  32. Yay, thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

  33. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

  34. Aw, thank you!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

  35. Oh, thank you so much Liz. Youve long been one of my biggest supporters and I cant tell you how much its meant to me.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

  36. Thank you, Wendy. Pretty wild, huh?

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

  37. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

  38. Crazy, huh?? Thank you so much, Bryce! Remember that day at Tender Greens when you helped convince me to quit my job and just write? :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

  39. Ha…maybe!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

  40. Yay, thank you!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

  41. Aw, thats so nice to hear! Thank you!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

  42. Yay for delurking! Thank you so much!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

  43. I think so too! Thank you!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

  44. Yay! Thank you so much!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

  45. Me too! And thank you so much for being such a big supporter!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

  46. I am so excited for you! This is something you have worked so hard for. Your mom and dad would be beeming with pride. They were such wonderful people and would have loved to see you getting published today. CONGRATS! CONGRATS!!

    Comment by Tonia on January 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

  47. Thank you so much! And thank you for being such a big supporter all these years!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

  48. Hi Claire! I’m a senior in high school and I’ve been reading your blog since I was a freshman. I was kind of surprised at how emotional I got when I read this post– I sort of feel as if I know you after reading you for so long :) Anyway, I find you to be very inspiring and talented, so to have your efforts pay off in such a big way is really very exciting to hear about.
    I can’t wait till the book comes out and I assure you I will be one of the first to snatch it up. Congratulations!

    Comment by Julia on January 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

  49. Oh, thank you so much! It really is a dream come true and Im still trying to wrap my head around it all!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  50. Oh, thank you so very much Kaye! Im so glad we found each other again!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  51. Thank you so much!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  52. Thanks, Anne!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  53. Sleep? Whats that? Kidding. Thanks, Ill try!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  54. Yay, thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  55. Oh, thats such a cute story! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  56. Thank you so much!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  57. Oh, this was really nice to read. Thank you so very much.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  58. Thank you so much, Tonia! And um, we need to talk — you actually have a cameo in Chapter 2!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  59. Thank you so much, Carroll! And thank you for being my biggest fan!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  60. Oh, thank you so much. Those are such nice words to read.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  61. Hah! Well, after the recent holiday excess, that just might literally be true!

    Comment by Carroll on January 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  62. I’m a little teary after reading all these comments, Claire. So many people who love you and wish you well — friends, family, strangers from afar — and the love you give back with such warm abundance. I hope the publishing process goes well for you. The rest of the world deserves to be touched by your words the way we all have been over the years :-)

    Comment by Carroll on January 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  63. Ha…funny. But I bet its not true.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  64. Oh, thank you SO much, Carroll. Im a little teary on a regular basis from all of this as well.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  65. WOW…..My cup runneth over right now for you, Claire. I can hardly wait to read it…..Congratulations!

    Comment by kaye king on January 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  66. Oops. Sorry for the duplicate.

    Comment by kaye king on January 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  67. Its nice to hear from you more than once! :) Thank you for the kind words.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

  68. Your dream came true – Congratulations

    Comment by Mare on January 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  69. Awesome news! Plus, ever since the story about the gum on the windshield I’ve been wishing I knew more about your mom. Dad too of course but gotta love that woman! :-) Congratulations!

    Comment by Helene on January 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  70. Ha…thanks! Youll definitely hear more about her in the book!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  71. It really did. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

  72. Claire, I am so thrilled for you! And not one ounce surprised! I knew you’d do it!! Woo hoo!

    Comment by Tricia on January 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  73. Ah, thank you so much Tricia! And of course you have a cameo. :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  74. Congratulations Claire! I was so excited to see this. I can’t wait to hold a copy of the book in my hands (and then read it, obviously!).

    Comment by Sophie on January 14, 2011 at 5:28 am

  75. Thank you so much! I cant wait to hold the book too! Yee!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

  76. I haven’t been to your blog in a few days (which is rarity for me as I love your blog), so I am late to the party…but a HUGE congrats! I cannot wait to read your book!

    Comment by Vanessa on January 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  77. Yay, thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  78. I hope so too! Claire is such an incredible writer. I am an Aussie living in the States but will be back home when it comes out. Otherwise I shall have to get my publicist friends to chase it up : ) I have a friend who book reviews for one the largest papers on the country (Sydney Morning Herald) and I will definitely hand it her way.

    Comment by Pia on January 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  79. Ah, Pia – you’re sweet!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  80. Congratulations!

    Comment by Kavita on January 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

  81. Thank you!!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on January 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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