My Wonderful editor

Okay, I have to give major kudos to the bow-tied one. In fact, I take back all of those things I’m going to say about him during my next book’s revisions. He asked me a long time ago who I wanted to blurb my book and the first name I said was Ellen Conford.

Right now Ellen Conford is best known for her Jenny Archer and Annabel the Actress series but back when I was growing up she not only wrote middle grade novels she also wrote some dang funny Young Adult books. She was hands down my favorite author. I loved reading about her quirky heroines because they always made me laugh. I pretty much wanted to be her when I grew up. In fact, after I’d written my first national market novel, Playing the Field, Tim mentioned that my main character didn’t have a last name and needed one. So I gave my character the last name of Conford in her honor.

Now the thing about Ellen Conford is that she is not easy to get a hold of. Go ahead and try to google her. She doesn’t have a website. I know it took Tim a long time to get a hold of her and even longer to get her to read my book and blurb it, but he did–and SHE DID!!!! (Those are exclamation points of a rabid fan. Imagine me waving my hands around and squealing.)

Here is what she said about my next book for Tim, Just One Wish.

Rallison’s manuscript was a pleasant surprise, humorous and unsentimental in spite of its serious underpinnings. I especially appreciated the scheming and machinations the girls devise to see Steve Raleigh. . . With sympathetic characters and a charming teen aged hunk I think that Janette Rallison’s book will appeal to many young teenagers.

I am so going to put this quote somewhere on my website. And there will probably be dancing cats or something surrounding it just to draw people’s attention to it. Because yeah–how cool am I–my idol liked my book. Wahoo!


My Wonderful editor — 21 Comments

  1. Oh yeah…you are very cool Janette! What fun! I don’t feel so bad now about not being able to get in touch with “that other famous Author” you called about. Having such a wonderful blurb from a personal hero is “way cooler.” ~hugs to you~

  2. That is WAY cool!!!! Congratulations. Hmmm…and this is a topic I’ve never even considered myself. Now I’ll have to think on it because my first answer would’ve been Paula Danzigger. Alas, while I have one of her books signed to me by her with good wishes for my writing career, it’s too late for a blurb. Anyway, congratulations!!!! Maybe my answer will be Janette Rallison!

  3. Very cool! (Ever think of trying to get Barbara Park to review your books? I haven’t read Junie B. Jones, but I loved her early work, which was for an older audience)

  4. breaking dawn

    i guess i liked it. it was sort of disappointing though. if you’ve read it you will know what i mean. almost all of my friends were disappointed. but i guess it was a ok book. have you read it yet?

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