Two weeks ago, my agent, Michelle Grajkowski, of the 3 Seas Literary Agency sold my first book (a sci-fi romantic thriller) to Grand Central Publishing’s new digital imprint, Forever Yours. Thank you, Michelle!
I still can’t believe it! After eight years of writing, learning my craft and the business, and then submitting and receiving those dreaded rejections, I am finally going to see my story in print.
Happiness is validation.
All the hard work, blood, sweat and tears (yes there have been a few over the years. What can I say? I’m a sensitive martial artist) have finally paid off. Someone not related to me loves my story as much as Michelle and I do. In fact, they love it so much they’re willing to pay me for it!
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, my editor, Lauren Plude, wants the sequel. That really blows my mind. I can understand her wanting a book she’s read, but she wants a book I haven’t even written yet! I’m honored and thrilled that she enjoyed my writing and story enough to want more.
But I must admit, I’m also nervous about writing and delivering book two to her in nine months. I’ve never had a deadline before. So I got out the calendar and figured out what I needed to do each month, and how many words I must write per week in order to have this book done on time. I feel better having a plan. Of course, I probably haven’t thought of everything I needed to add to the calendar.
It’s strange being a newbie all over again, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am incredibly excited to learn what happens now, after the sale, and to go through the stages of making a book. And most of all, I can’t wait to see my name on the cover of the finished product, which hopefully will be available at the end of the year. We’re aiming for a Nov/ Dec publication date.
I want to give a big shout-out thank you to my awesome critique partners, beta readers, contest judges, law enforcement officers who answered my questions, and of course my agent for helping me get this book ready to sell. Thank you Amy Pierpont and Lauren Plude for loving this story as much as I do! I look forward to working with you.
Thank you Attacking The Page community for sharing in my joy. If you have any advice for me, please let me know in the comment section.