The last two weeks have been very quiet on my blog, but they’ve been very active in my life. If you haven’t already heard, I’m thrilled to announce that NAL/Penguin offered me a two book deal for my novel, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, and my current WIP (work in progress.) This happened while I was on the North Carolina coast with my family last week. Needless to say, negotiating contracts with an agent and editor while sharing a beach house with three families and five boys under the age of nine is a challenge; but God bless my family for herding the children out of the house so I could hide inside, on the phone.
The week after the deal involved a roller coaster of emotions, announcements, and organization and I’ve finally (for the minute) settled into a joyfully optimistic professional working mode. The biggest mental adjustment I’ve had to make in this process is to fully acknowledge that I now have a full time job and I work for someone else. When I self-published my first novel, RECEIVE ME FALLING, and even as I thought about self-publishing HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, I worked at my own pace and made all decisions myself. That has changed, and I’m ready to embrace that change and take my writing to the next level.
All along this process I’ve read so much about how to get an agent and a publisher, but I’ve read almost nothing about what happens after the deal. I’m going to blog about my own experiences in hopes of shedding light on the process for other writers.
But today, I’m just going to celebrate. I’ve dreamed about this since I was a child, and I want to be mindful of this fresh new place and all of the promise it holds before it becomes my reality.
Thank you for all of your well wishes and encouragement. So many of you have given me so much along the way. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to my husband, children, parents, family, writing partner, and friends for how they’ve supported me.