Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Contract is Signed and in the Mail

I started this blog in 2009, and when I did I had not completed my first novel. Believe me, I often wondered about blogging before I'd even written the book. My mantra at that time was "write the book"! Finally, in February of 2012 I completed my first book. I blogged about that too, and took a picture of it in the manila envelope as it went off on its journey to New York City without me. And yes, I then began to write the second book.

That first book was rejected, but at almost this time last year (late June of 2012) I had completed the proposal for the second book and joined Harlequin's "Speed date online pitch". I was fortune enough to receive a request for synopsis from that pitch, followed by a request for the partial, followed by the request for the full manuscript in early October. And yes, this time I'd finished the book in four months. Proof of Grace kind of fell off my fingers. Then again, I had time on my hands that summer. But more importantly, I'd learned how to write a book from beginning to end.

On the way, I met other fabulous authors who were on the same path. We became Facebook and Twitter friends, and we supported one another. There are lots of wonderful authors out there in the blogosphere. Many of the authors I met last year are now published, and I got to watch their journey too.

As for Proof of Grace, it made it all the way up to acquisition where it was eventually rejected with a rather nice personalized rejection from the editors. Still. Sniffle.

Oh by the way, by then I had begun my third book.

While I continued to write my third book I shopped for a home for "Proof". This month, I received an offer of contract. Proof of Grace will have a new title, unknown at this time, but it now has a home. A home with a great publisher I'm sure will appreciate and love it as much as I do.

And as for me, I'm on another leg of the journey.

Write. Query. Submit. Repeat.

11 comments:

  1. Congrats and best of luck! Enjoy every moment.
    Heather

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    1. Thank you, Heather. Such fun to see so many authors from SYTYCW achieve their dream.

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  2. Ooooo! congratulations! Waiting to hear the details!

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    1. Thanks Amalie, will keep everyone posted as I find out a release date, cover, etc.

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  3. Holy Stromboli!!!!! This is amazing news. I knew it would happen for you and I'm glad it's sooner rather than later. I'm sure it feels like later to you, but honestly this is wonderful. Now I want to know what the new name will be and where I can get a copy. How exciting!!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristie, I'll let you know. The publisher asked for input from me about a new title but I'm stumped. Maybe I should hold a contest or something for suggestions? Who knows, it might wind up being the name of the book!

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  4. That's awesome!!! I'm thrilled for you. Do you have any details yet like the release date? *doing a happy dance and tossing confetti* :-)

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  5. Thanks Jennifer, no I don't have details yet. I just sent the contract back so I will be hearing back soon I assume. I'll keep everyone posted!

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  6. Sorry I'm so late to the party, but I wanted to publicly say congrats on this tremendous step forward. Can't wait to hear more as you get more details!

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  7. Congrats! That's great news!
    Heather

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  8. Yay congrats Maria!! Amazing news :)
    Jen

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