Big day, y’all. Big day.

on March 7, 2012 in Perfectly Unique with 74 comments by

I have been DYING to tell you this. I mean, simply dying.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4:40pm, I signed a book contract with Zondervan.

Oh yeah, THIS ZONDERVAN.

Are. You. Dying!??! I know. I know.

In the very same coffee shop where three years ago I finished the manuscript for From Head To Foot, I signed the deal yesterday. You can watch it happen. Because, my dear bloggites, I wished you all could be there when it happened. I really do. I can’t get sappy now, I don’t have it in me, but know that I KNOW you had so much to do with this day. I humbly thank you.

Also, super big thanks to my lit agent Kyle Olund who made all this happen and happen smoothly. He’s awesome.

[The booing at the end is from my friend Amy, who works at a competing publishing house here in Nashville. So it was funny and we all laughed.]

Some of my very besties were in attendance because it would be lame to sign that thing alone.

And of course, by besties I mean Nichole, Lyndsay, and my soy chai.

All the details about the new book I shall share tomorrow.

For today, we bask in the beauty of my little name on that “author” line.

Today we celebrate a God-sized dream realized.

Today we celebrate four years of writing lots and working hard and trying and praying and now it has all come together.

I’m really really excited.

Watch out, world. Annie Blogs is comin’ for ya.

74 comments

  1. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 4:07 AM  |  reply

    I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how thrilled I am for you. You rock. Congratulations!

  2. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 4:20 AM  |  reply

    ANNIE!! I am so happy for you! And, don’t tell anybody but I totally teared up watching that video…because I’m SO HAPPY for you!

  3. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 4:27 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations! How exciting is that?! You are beaming in those pictures. Gorgeous girl.

  4. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 4:56 AM  |  reply

    Oh Annie! I am so happy, thrilled, excited, and pleased as punch for you! Congratulations and I can’t wait to buy/read your book! Blessings!

  5. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 5:28 AM  |  reply

    REALLY thrilled for you friend. xo

  6. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 5:39 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations, Annie. Can’t wait to read tomorrows post for more details! Wonderful job at powering through all the rough times of being an author/writer.

  7. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 6:03 AM  |  reply

    YAY!! Congratulations, such amazing news.

  8. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 6:13 AM  |  reply

    YEE! HAW!

    So proud of you, Annie Downs.

  9. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 6:18 AM  |  reply

    Cheering so loud, sister! Can’t. stop. smiling.

  10. Beth
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 6:47 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations!!! So pleased for you and can’t wait to buy it! Well done! (And can’t believe my comment is next to Ann Voskamps….oooh:) )

  11. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:04 AM  |  reply

    i may or may not have tears in my eyes right now from reading this! congratulations, annie!!! so happy for you! and can’t wait to hear more about the book!

  12. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:10 AM  |  reply

    ANNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So…stinkin’…THRILLED for you!!

    Yes, you HAVE been working hard for *this* very thing.

    And *that* very thing.

    Can’t wait to see this story continue… πŸ™‚

  13. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:18 AM  |  reply

    Great news, Annie! So proud of you!!

    So… is the book written, or is it something that you will be writing?

  14. Gwen
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:31 AM  |  reply

    Annie! Oh my heart, I am so happy for/proud of/absolutely thrilled for you.

    Seeing dreams come true and prayers realized? A great way to start the day. Excellent news, friend.

  15. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:32 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations!

  16. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:32 AM  |  reply

    OH MY WORD!!!!!!! Grinning so big right now with tears of joy in my eyes for you and this AMAZING accomplishment!! Squeeeeeee!! Can’t wait to read more from your talented self πŸ™‚

  17. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:42 AM  |  reply

    Congrats! That has to be one of the most thrilling feelings ever.

  18. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:47 AM  |  reply

    ZONDERVAN!!! ANNIE!!! You have hit the BIG TIME! Thrilled for you….and just as excited, or maybe even more excited, for all of the many lives that will be touched because of your book!!

  19. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:48 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations! Is this the book you’ve already written or will you be writing something new?

  20. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:51 AM  |  reply

    Congrats, Annie!

  21. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:54 AM  |  reply

    awesome news Annie!!!! I’m soo proud of You!

  22. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:55 AM  |  reply

    Congrats! So excited for you!!

  23. Jen
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:18 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations, Author Annie!!

  24. Amy
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:18 AM  |  reply

    That’s awesome, congrats!

  25. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:20 AM  |  reply

    Wahoo! Congratulations, Annie! I remember stumbling upon your blog when I was looking for domain names, and you were in the beginning of your self-publishing. And now your words here & at (in)courage challenge & inspire me, and soon in print, too! Can’t wait. Yipee!

  26. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:22 AM  |  reply

    Soooo exciting! Zondervan–dang girl! Can’t wait to hear details!

  27. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:22 AM  |  reply

    I am SO PROUD of you! Excited to see what the future holds! Love you!

  28. Lindsay Bishop
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:24 AM  |  reply

    Congratu-freakin-lations!!!! That’s how God roles πŸ™‚

  29. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:56 AM  |  reply

    congratulations!!! that is so awesome, Annie!!

  30. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:56 AM  |  reply

    Crying! So proud! So excited! So many lives will be blessed by the words of the Lord that will flow through you. Thrilled for you, my friend!

  31. Heather Miller
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:00 AM  |  reply

    Annie!! Congratulations! I am so excited for you. Happy HAPPY Wednesday.

  32. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:13 AM  |  reply

    YES!!!! So pumped for you Annie! You are going to kill it!

  33. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:15 AM  |  reply

    Yay!!! SOOOO exciting!!!!!!

  34. Seth
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:16 AM  |  reply

    YEAH!! CHANGE THE NAME OF THIS WHOLE OPERATIONG TO ANNIE BOOKS @ANNIEBOOKS

  35. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:17 AM  |  reply

    Well done Downs. Proud of you.

    Now email me back about that other thing.

  36. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:21 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations lovely one! Looking forward to the book. All the way over here in africa πŸ˜‰

  37. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:42 AM  |  reply

    You are so baller.

    I don’t know what that means, but right now, I’m totally convinced that you are BALLER.

  38. merideth
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:43 AM  |  reply

    WOOHOO!!!!! Congratulations Annie! I’m so excited for you!!! How awesome that you have this opportunity. Can’t wait to hear about the new book! Love ya girl!

  39. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:45 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I couldn’t be more happy and excited for you. Congratulations!!

  40. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:58 AM  |  reply

    Annie! This is so exciting!! I can’t wait to read the new book πŸ™‚

    By the way, could your handwriting be any cuter??

  41. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:12 AM  |  reply

    So thrilled for you! I mostly lurk, but today I declare it ‘Lurk no more day’ in honor of this awesomely awesome news. Well done, Annie!

  42. Lucy Stephensen
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:17 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations Annie. I’m so happy for you. Looking forward to hearing more good news from you.

    Best wishes.

    -Lucy

  43. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:38 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations, Annie! Can’t wait to hear what you’ll be writing about.

  44. Michele Brooks
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:55 AM  |  reply

    So excited for you!!!

  45. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:14 AM  |  reply

    Anya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is amazing!!!! I AM dying and just can’t wait to see where the Lord takes you. YAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:16 AM  |  reply

    oh my insides hurt from all the happy. SO Much happy!!!

  47. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    That is so very cool! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

  48. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:34 AM  |  reply

    Yay! Congratulations. Can’t wait to hear about it more tomorrow!

  49. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:34 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations, Annie! This is SO awesome and exciting! I hope you plan on all manner of celebrating now that’s official.

  50. Katy
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 12:39 PM  |  reply

    Congrats!!!!!!! SO excited for you!

  51. kathleen
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    SO PROUD!!!

  52. Erin
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM  |  reply

    Annie!! This is amazing! I love your smile in the first pic. The smile of a dream realized.

  53. Amy
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 1:55 PM  |  reply

    Wonderful!! Can’t wait to hear all about the book, and more importantly, to buy it & read it!

  54. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 1:57 PM  |  reply

    You look gorgeous. So happy, so alive. I’m so proud of you. xo

  55. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 3:11 PM  |  reply

    practice your signature?

  56. Shana
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 3:40 PM  |  reply

    Wonderful news Annie! I’m SO proud of you!!

  57. Joy Cook
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 5:46 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations!

  58. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 5:51 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations! That’s exciting!

  59. Debra Weiss
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 7:53 PM  |  reply

    Woot! Congrats to ya, Annie! This is so exciting. πŸ™‚

  60. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 8:35 PM  |  reply

    *Squeal!*
    That is so very exciting! So happy for you! Congratulations!

  61. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:04 PM  |  reply

    Wow! I’m so happy for you. Congrats!

  62. Emily
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:28 PM  |  reply

    WOW!! Congrats!!

  63. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 9:30 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations, Annie! I’m the girl that got to interview you last March at The Frothy Monkey for a paper I was writing and you were so kind to do that for me. So very, very happy for you and can’t wait to read your next book!

  64. Emily Brown
    posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM  |  reply

    So happy for you!

  65. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM  |  reply

    This is so exciting! Congratulations!

  66. posted on Mar 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM  |  reply

    What fabulous news! Congrats again and again!

  67. posted on Mar 08, 2012 at 4:14 AM  |  reply

    Wow! I’m a day late reading this, so my joyful congratulations for you are bit tardy. What a great blessing, and what a fabulous lesson in standing on the promises og God in our lives. Booyah, Annie!

  68. Lindsey
    posted on Mar 08, 2012 at 5:15 AM  |  reply

    ANNIE!!! πŸ™‚ This is incredible. So happy for you. Wow! God is so. so. good.

  69. Julianne
    posted on Mar 08, 2012 at 4:20 PM  |  reply

    So proud of you Annie! And you deserve it- your book is incredible, as are you. Just started rereading it and am loving it all over again! Love you!

  70. Aneta
    posted on Mar 08, 2012 at 7:02 PM  |  reply

    Congrats! So exciting!!

  71. jennifer
    posted on Mar 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    So absolutely wonderful!! Well deserved

  72. Sandy
    posted on Mar 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM  |  reply

    I’m so excited for you. Congratulations!! You have been waiting a long time for this..and God’s blessing arrived…Yeah!
    God bless you

  73. posted on Mar 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM  |  reply

    […] Annie and Valerie, you remind me of what it means to hope and dream and work, and to wind up somewhere beyond what you thought was possible.Β  I’m so incredibly proud of both of you.Β  (Also, let’s just take a moment to recognize how GORGEOUS they both look – good grief.) […]

  74. posted on Apr 05, 2012 at 12:00 PM  |  reply

    ANNIE! I am (per usual) SO WAY LATE to this amazing and terrific news! I just saw it through the WestBow web site–they’ve been promoting your story lately. Anyway, forgive me for being so out-of-the-loop late and oblivious to your spectacular news! All the best and HUGE (and much deserved!!!) blessings to you and your CONTRACTED BOOK!!!! We all knew you rocked WAY before a publisher did. πŸ™‚

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