I’ve been waiting, hoping, praying, and waiting some more, and I finally got “the call.” My agent–queen of emails–actually called. I just happened to be on the phone at the time talking to the receptionist at the dentist’s office, I know, uber important–when the caller ID beeped. I was expecting a call from the roof man (you know, the guy who was contracting to repair my roof after our spring hail storms). Again important stuff. But I didn’t see whose name was on the caller ID, just that it didn’t say “private caller” which it does when my hubby calls from his cell phone. No worries, I’ll finish this conversation and call the roofer back and holy-schmoley! It’s my agent!
And thus begins the scramble to call her back on any phone I could find–like it made a difference. But I had to talk to her. ‘Cause if she was calling on the phone in lieu of the super quick email, then it was big. Beyond big. Enormous.
And it was. Broadman and Holman is interested in offering on my Amish romance, Saving Gideon. Whoo-hoo! This is what I’ve been waiting for. After so many rejection letters. Publishers doubting I could make a Dallas socialite embrace the Amish way of life, even for just a couple of weeks. No one willing to take a chance on a no-name. I had done it–or rather she had done it. My wonderful agent had gotten me to an editor who could see through it all to the potential the story holds.
See writing is a lot like trying to find your first job after college. You have your diploma, all neat and pressed, an eager smile on your face, and the drive to conquer the world. But you don’t have the experience. You can talk a big talk, but everyone’s a little leery because no one has seen you walk the big walk. But there’s usually one–and for me this is B&H publishing–who’s willing to take the chance.
Now the question remains, will they offer on the single book or on the trilogy? Let’s hope the trilogy.
I actually got “the call” almost a month ago. And now I wait on the fianlized offer and who knows what other legal papers in addition to the contract. But I am beyond excited!
And that’s what this blog is about–my journey from proposal to contract and on to the finished book. But to hold you over in the meantime, I’ve added a page to the blog that has the short synopsis for Saving Gideon and another that has an excerpt. I’m working on getting a website together, but that’s a little ways down the road.
So until I get the next call…
I’m glad you joined me! <3 Amy