My plan is to share one personal post a week about the process of getting that manuscript into printed form.
I hope you'll follow along & share in my journey. Perhaps I can help you along your own sojourn!
The submission and signing
In November I subbed my fantasy Pool of Soul series to J. Taylor Publishing, and I just had to share my fragmented thoughts & actions immediately following their 2-book contract offer.
There's nothing quite like getting that email from the publisher, subject line - 'Re: Submission'. Know what I'm talking about? Ever experience it?
Heart leaps. Palms sweat. I don't know about the rest of you, but my armpits tingled.
I stared until I couldn't stand the anxiety any longer. I clicked on the email.
"We enjoyed ... " blah blah blah
*skimmed to the good part*
"We are happy to extend to you this offer of publication of Pool of Souls (series) ..."
I saw nothing else as a huge
escaped my lips.
Of course, my squeeeee was louder - and longer.
They then went on to know if I'm interested.
Um ... YES! A few days later, a longer email with attachments galore arrived.
*Scurried to read. Drew breath. Re-read*
Initialed pages. Signed. Told myself to breathe again. Squeeeeeed again.
Scanned and emailed back.
Official PR document needed put together - photo, bio, and a few questions about the series and its inspiration. The PR was scheduled for Dec. 17th.
During that time, self-doubt swamped my mind like a muddy bog. Could I write the 2nd book before their deadline? What happened if they hated the series ending? I'm JTP's first fantasy debut author - my story will represent what they want, what they look for in an author. They're taking a huge chance with me. ME!
*Wrung hands, squeeed some more, bit nails*
FINALLY PR day arrived. I squeeeeed to the cyber world and into the phone, announcing that I had signed that big 2-book contract.
JTP's projections are for an October 7th release for the first installment, Eye of the Soul, and so far so good!
While I still have niggling thoughts here & there, I am totally stoked. I want this manuscript to be the best it CAN be. If I touch a single reader's life, change their outlook, or inspire them to strive onward, I will have succeeded.
Next Wednesday I'm going to share about the cover making process, so be sure to stop back!
Gotten any good news lately? How did you react?