I had the craziest weekend. Crazy in a good way, but crazy none the less.... Ni Hao!
Saturday morning I awoke to an interesting email from a Chinese company. I wasn't quite awake and so I thought it was spam, but as I read I realized it was actually the most amazing offer in my book journey so far! A Chinese publishing company offering to translate and publish my book - in CHINESE!???!!!
It still sounds surreal even typing this, but apparently Chinese readers really like Alice in Wonderland, and this publisher found my profile and book on Goodreads. Of course no offer is too good to be true, as China has strict control over what their people read, so Heartshire High will first need a project manager and then translating, editing and proofreading before being checked by the media controls, and only then can it appear on bookshelves. The whole process is expected to take over three months so in reality Heartshire High won't reach China until 2018 but still i'm ecstatic!
Heartshire High / 哈特郡高中
Charlotte Leonetti / 夏洛特·莱昂内蒂
Alice in wonderland goes to a new high school /爱丽丝梦游仙境转到新的高中
The debut novel by Charlotte Leonetti /来自夏洛特·莱昂内蒂的处女作
And the publisher said they will do all the work and has emailed me a contract already. Don't worry readers, I already did my research on this publisher and let my dad check the contract with his lawyer and it isn't a scam. They even sent me some potential book covers - they look so amazing! Which one do you like better?
Stay tuned for Heartshire High's takeover of the world! And maybe after the last five years of studying Chinese, I'll actually be able to read my own book!
I'm a high school senior who loves to read, write, read about writing, and write about reading. My first novel, Heartshire High, is out now!