After Awhile, Crocodile! A Thankful Emu Bidding Farewell

I’m leaving! Wah! I can’t believe it! Heck, I still can’t believe I got the chance to be here. But even though I’m saying good-bye as as Emu blogger, it’s not like I won’t be around. I was reading this blog long before I got here and I will be reading it long after I’m gone. This blog has had an impact on my writing journey and I’m thankful for that. I know I can’t mention all the reasons I’m thankful because it would go on forever, but I’ll mention a few.

I’m thankful to Emus Debuts for leading me to EMLA and to my agent, Tricia Lawrence. How did that happen? Well, let me tell you. When I started reading this blog I didn’t even realize the bloggers were connected by EMLA. I thought they were just a bunch of writers that got together to blog. I know. All I had to do was click on the “About” tab, but it took me a while to do that. When I finally did realize all the bloggers were with EMLA I thought that was super cool. I thought it was awesome that they were choosing to go through the debut experience together. This put EMLA on my radar. Then one day the Emu’s  Debuts blew it out of the water. They were celebrating the release of NERVE by Jeanne Ryan with Truth or Dare videos. All of the videos were fun but when I saw Tara Dairman’s I cracked up.

I found this so funny that I’ve come back to watch it several times. It was the so-called “icing on the cake” (sorry about the lame pun!). I loved the way they supported each other and I loved their sense of humor. I moved EMLA to the top of my list and when I was ready and had the chance, I queried. A few months later I signed with Tricia.

I’m thankful to Emu’s Debuts for letting me be a part of their celebrations. It has been so much fun to geek out with my fellow Emus when their wonderful books hit the shelves.

I thankful to Emu’s Debuts for the wisdom they shared in their blog posts and in private group communication. Emu wisdom was there for big things and the small things, like suggestions for the perfect pen to use when signing books and suggestions for designers and printers for bookmarks, postcards, etc.

I’m thankful to Emu’s Debuts for allowing me read their ARCs. Confession: When they first talked about an ARC, I didn’t know what it was! See how much I’ve learned by being an Emu! I’m thankful for that! And no one made fun of me when I asked dumb questions! I’m thankful for that!

I’m thankful to Emu’s Debuts for celebrating with me. They celebrated about The Call and The Cover Reveal. And my release party was an amazing week. The Emus supported, spread the word, and partied down! They shouted about my old dragon near and far!

I could go on but this is already getting long. I think you get the idea . . . it’s been wonderful, but it’s time to go. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Emu’s Debuts 😀

PPK_0615_RGB_HR_02Penny Parker Klostermann’s is the author of  THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House Children’s Books) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (coming from Random House Children’s Books Spring 2017). You can follow Penny on on her blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Pinterest. She is represented by Tricia Lawrence.



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25 responses to “After Awhile, Crocodile! A Thankful Emu Bidding Farewell

  1. Penny, continue on and keep commenting here! The truth or dare video was great. I didn’t know if Tara would be able to finish the entire cake, but she did it! Wow, this group goes to any extreme to celebrate debut writers. Love it!

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  2. I’ll keep rooting for you, Penny, and all the EMUs. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. tamaraellissmith

    I had never seen that video, Penny! What a hoot! Thank you for making me laugh, even while I am sooooooo sad to see you go. But no goodbyes! Ill see you many other places, I know!! ❤

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  4. It’s always so sad when Emus fly… er, flap? waddle?… away, but we readers know you are off to grand new adventures. Thanks for sharing your debut journey with us, Penny, and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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  5. What a lovely farewell to this blog, Penny! You have been our blog momma and troubleshooter ” and I expect we’ll continue to call on you. Help! (Just kidding . . . I’ll wait until it’s time to write my next post. 🙂

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  6. Janet Fox

    Wah! These posts are making me sad! But also thrilled because it means more great books to come from you, Penny. Many hugs and amazing successes.

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  7. mariagianferrari

    That video is absolutely hilarious! I can see why you wanted to join EMLA after it–ha-ha! ;). It was so great getting to know you here, and to help your books fly into the world. I look forward to the day when we can meet in person :)!

    Wishing you much more success, and many hugs from me too, Penny! OOOOO ❤

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  8. Elly Swartz

    You will be missed here, but I can’t wait to read what’s next for you. So much good stuff ahead. As Trish says, Onward! 🙂

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  9. You are an Emu Emeritus, Penny. I loved Tara’s video too!

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  10. I love your story of how you came to be with EMLU and went through the EMU rite of passage yourself, Penny! Congratulations on your successful debut and may your career continue to rise!

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  11. kevanjatt

    We’re saving you a seat in the Emeritus Lounge. Er… the Emuritas Lounge.

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  12. I don’t know what the EMUs will do without you, Penny. You’re not only an amazing writer, your organization and generosity helped keep us going! You’ll be missed!

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  13. They sound like an awesome group! 😀


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