I got a present! The very first bound book of The Marvelwood Magicians arrived on the doorstep, tied with a ribbon and accompanied by a card of congratulations signed by the Boyds Mills Press folk. What a thoughtful, unexpected gift. I feel very lucky to be working with this wonderful group — thank you all!
And isn’t it gorgeous?
Early reviews on The Marvelwood Magicians have begun trickling in — and they’re excellent! I’m so excited for this circus family to meet the world. September 19 is the day!
From Kirkus (read the whole review here):
A hair-raising, exhilarating, big-top mystery.
And from School Library Journal:
The suspenseful plot moves quickly, and Zahler vividly portrays the unbearable pain of losing an innate part of one’s self.
VERDICT Bound to entice voracious and reluctant readers alike.
So THIS happened:
I am pretty much in shock. And in heaven. And, most wonderfully, in London! It’s an embarrassment of riches.
You might wonder how I could have sold two books within a few months of each other. I don’t actually write that fast. And nothing in publishing happens that fast! I finished The Marvelwood Magicians before writing Baker’s Magic, but I decided to change the narrative point of view in The Marvelwoods, so I rewrote the whole thing. And because the editorial wheels spin at different paces, Baker’s Magic found a home first. I love both of these books, and I’m incredibly happy that each is with an editor who loves it as I do.
Now I’d better start writing that next book…