Miranda Kenneally

Mexican Food Cures Writer's Block

Book Deal!!

I’m so excited to announce my young adult novel SCORE will be published by Sourcebooks in December 2011!

Here’s the Publishers Marketplace blurb:

Publishers Marketplace Notice

And now, I’m going to give an Academy Award-esque speech via blog. *Ahem*

I don’t even know where to start, except to say thank you to Agent Sara for pulling me out of the slush pile and loving my book. Sara rocks! Query her, minions!

And thank you to Leah Hultenschmidt for loving SCORE, too. I am so excited and privileged to have her as my editor.

Also, thanks to all my beta readers who helped me make this book awesome. Especially Allison and Jessica, who loved my character Henry first.

And thank you to my husband Don for always sticking by me and answering all my hard questions about football. And to my dad, who reads all my sappy writing with only *some* complaints about how *girly* it is.

This is how I pitched SCORE in my original query:

My name is Jordan Woods, I’m seventeen, and last year, I blew it in the final seconds of the Tennessee state championship football game. This year, I can’t let that happen or I’ll never get a scholarship to play ball in college. I have a lot to prove, what, with an NFL star for a father – a father who doesn’t think I should be playing football. Why wouldn’t a famous quarterback want his kid to follow in the family footsteps?

I’m a girl.

But I’ve been playing quarterback since I was seven, so everyone’s gotten used to me by now. I’m a normal teenage girl. Well, as normal as I can be. I mean, obviously I think Justin Timberlake is a mega hunk, but I’m also over six feet tall and can launch a football fifty yards.

Other ways I’m not normal? A girl who hangs with an entire football team must hook up all the time, right?


I’ve never had a boyfriend. Hell, I’ve never even kissed a guy. But that might be about to change because the hottest guy, Ty Green, just moved here from Texas. Just the sight of him makes me want to simultaneously fly and barf. It turns out that he’s also a quarterback, and he’s a hell of a lot better than me. Last year, Ty led his team to win the Texas state championship.

And I’m scared. What if Coach gives my position away? What if Ty isn’t interested in me? The worst fear of all? What if Ty distracts me from my dreams of playing ball in college?

And why is my best friend, our star wide receiver, acting so strangely all of a sudden?

Thanks again to everyone!

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27 Responses to “Book Deal!!”

  1. Roni Loren says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy the BEST FEELING EVER! You’re going to be published!

    And I love your blurb. I heart football so you won me over right there. 🙂

    We’re all going to be sporting our First Sale stickers at RWA next year. Go team Megibow! 😀

  2. Rebecca Sutton says:

    This is sooo exciting Miranda! And so well deserved. You’ve worked so hard to get here so its thrilling to know your book will be out there for the world to love. You have no shortage of ideas and talent, this is just the beginning!

  3. Sara Megibow says:

    Congratulations again!

  4. Karla says:

    Congratulations! What a great concept for a story – I look forward to reading it.

  5. alyslinn says:

    This is fantastic news! Congratulations! 🙂

  6. James B says:

    Congrats on the good news!

  7. SO FREAKING AWESOME! You win TWO cookies and ONE Internet and FIVE Wil Wheaton points. This is DoublePlusGood!

  8. CA Marshall says:

    YAYYYYYYYY!!!!! *happy dance*

  9. Oh, yay! Huge congrats! Go you and go Sara, too! Enjoy!

  10. Amanda says:

    That’s awesome! Sounds like a really interesting concept. Congratulations!

  11. RKCharron says:

    Congratulations on the sale of your novel Miranda!
    I really enjoyed your query – thank you for including it.
    All the best,

  12. Jay Taylor says:

    CONGRATS! I hope to be in your place soon! Great GOOGLEY MOOGLEY I am excited for you!

  13. Tina Tinde says:

    Congrats! Look forward to getting your book for my kids next year! Great to see the excerpt, cool writing style!

  14. So totally AWESOME Miranda!!!

    I love football! My boys have played for years and I have known a couple of excellent girl football players. What a cool concept!

    Screaming for you on the West Coast!

  15. Miranda's dad says:

    Congratulations! I’m proud of you (and amazed at all the work you’ve put in)!
    And here I thought nothing could beat that time you won the greased pig roping contest at the Coffee County Fair.

  16. Kate McHugh says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of you. You’re on your way-there’s no stopping you now!

  17. susan says:

    Fantastic idea. What a priviledge to watch you soar into this exciting arena. God’s speed!

  18. Krista A says:


    I’m so excited for you & that it’s official!!! Very proud and thrilled!

    I wish you’d mentioned something last night! I was in a total fog, and even though I’d kept checking PM all day yesterday, I didn’t after midday! LOL

  19. Alex Adams says:

    Congratulations! 😀

  20. WOOT!! I’m so happy for you, Miranda! I just love it when wonderful things happen to super nice people! And this idea is totally fresh–I’ve never seen anything like it! Lucky agent and editor, I think. *wink*

    I am really, really, really looking forward to this read. Congratulations!

  21. Congrats on your sale! Sounds like an awesome book.

  22. HOORAY!! I’m crazy excited for you. The logline/query is so intriguing and fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!!!

  23. Madeleine says:

    Still so excited! You’re my first long-term, really good pal to make it this far! THIS IS SO STINKING AWESOME! ;D I really need to find time to read it. (:D) Great, great, great job, Miranda. And “Best. Day. Ever.” is next!

  24. Natalie Bahm says:

    I already said congrats on Twitter, but CONGRATULATIONS again! it is so fun to read your pitch. Score sounds like a great read and I am so excited for you.

  25. Patti says:

    Great query, and congratulations

  26. Lynne Miller says:

    WoW!! You go girl. How exciting.

  27. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read SCORE! (Love the title!)

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