So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!

I was lucky enough to have been able to convince the good folks here at Emu’s Debuts that my first three books were different enough from each other to qualify each and every one of them as a separate debut. And I’m sorely tempted to see just how far I can continue to push it… I mean, my next book to be published will be middle-grade nonfiction/fiction hybrid, which is totally different from a YA how-to or a picture-book biography, don’t you think? No, not really? Okay, probably not.

So, although I’ve put it off for as long as I could possibly justify (and then some), I guess the time has finally come for me to say farewell.

I published my introduction post in October of 2012, which means I’ve been here almost three years, and in that time I’ve seen quite a few Emus come and go. Despite the constant turnover due to the nature of this blog, however, one thing has remained wonderfully constant: the enthusiasm and supportiveness of the group for its members. I’m so lucky to have been a part of this blog for any time at all, let alone for such a long time and through three book releases. I think we’ve all done things we never dreamed we would (singing opera in Viking horns?) to cheer on one another’s book launches, and we had each other’s backs behind the scenes, too, for all of those burning newbie author questions like “What’s the best pen for signing?” and “Where did you get your bookmarks?” and “How do I throw a launch party?” I’ve read some truly amazing books because of my participation in this blog, I’ve learned an incredible amount about how to be a professional author, and I’ve made some great friends.

I was a software engineer before turning (back) to writing. Although I was never even remotely in competition with my colleagues in the technology industry (we were all working on the same product, after all), there was very little support to be found there. In fact, at times, it felt like quite the opposite. The programming culture seemed to be more about tearing each other down whenever possible. You’d think authors would be even more competitive given that we’re all trying to sell the same thing—books. But children’s book publishing is not that way at all.

From the international professional organization of SCBWI to its regional chapters, from our literary agency siblings to our critique groups, from our publishing houses to our marketing collectives, children’s book publishing is built on supportive, nurturing communities, and I’m fortunate enough to be a part of many of them. I value them all, but the Emu’s Debuts community will forever hold a very dear place in my heart. Thank you to all of those who worked to make it a reality before my arrival, thank you to everyone who shared their journey along with me, and thank you to those who will keep the blog going in the months and years ahead. It’s a special place, celebrating a special time, with special people contributing their time, energy, and love.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye…



Laurie Ann Thompson head shotLaurie Ann Thompson’s debut young-adult nonfiction, BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, was published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September, 2014. Her debut nonfiction picture book, EMMANUEL’S DREAM, was published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January 2015. MY DOG IS THE BEST, her debut fiction picture book, was released June 9, 2015, from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Macmillan. She has said she doesn’t write novels, but she may have to just so she can rejoin Emu’s Debuts someday.

Please visit Laurie at her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.


Filed under Colleagues, Farewell, Thankfulness, Writing and Life

31 responses to “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!

  1. Thanks for your posts here. I will miss you. I know your fellow EMUs will.

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  2. NOOOOOOOOO! Don’t go!!!


    She’s been here for three years?


    Well, I guess it’s time then.

    Go soar in other skies, Laurie. We’ll be cheering you on.

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  3. tamaraellissmith

    Oh Laurie. Say it isn’t so. We will miss you oh so much. I will miss you oh so much. Thank you for just about everything… ❤

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  4. kevanjatt

    You are tremendously awesome.

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  5. Laurie, “rockstar” doesn’t even begin to describe you. Thank you for your amazing work on this blog, for your brilliant books, and for your friendship. Good luck with everything going forward!

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  6. Janet Fox

    Laurie, we’re going to miss you. It’s a darn good thing we’ve got your fabulous books. Hugs!!!

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  7. Another good-bye? Your EMU’s Debut group will miss you for sure, but best of luck on your journey from debut to midlist author, Laurie! May you have many more successful books to come.

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  8. Congratulations for leaving for good reasons. I also found the children’s writing community to be supportive versus competitive. That’s when I knew I had found my peeps.

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  9. Oh, Laurie, we’re gonna miss your wit and wisdom here in the mob nest. I suppose it’s time for you to take on the world and pave the way for the rest of us to follow. As for the generous, supportive nature of the kidlit world, I couldn’t agree more. And you are one of the reasons for the awesomeness:)

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  10. Wishing you continued success, Laurie! I loved getting to know you in Lake Geneva as we practiced our EMU skit. Thanks for lending me a hand – er, foot!

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  11. mariagianferrari

    Auf wiedersehen, Laurie! I loved helping launch your inspiring and beautiful books into the world! And I can’t wait to meet you in person some day soon! Hugs to you, but not good-bye :)!! ❤ ❤

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  12. Ack! I can’t imagine Emus without you, Laurie. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our group here, and I look forward to your future books!

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  13. Elly Swartz

    While I will miss you here with the Emus, I am thankful our paths will forever cross as agency-mates : )

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  14. I can’t believe this day has come! It seems impossible. You’ve been glue! I’ve enjoyed my time with you tremendously. Thanks so much for all you’ve done for EMUs and for bringing your books to the Kidlit world.

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  15. It’s hard to imagine the group without you, Laurie! I’m looking forward to staying in touch through all your future books. Thanks for everything you (and your books!) do!

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