I sold my book.

Mary Rosenblum, my editor/mentor/life-line, congratulated me in her newsletter, which you can sign up for free of charge right here;

News and Applause!

I have great news this week and we need a round of applause here.  Amanda Capper just sold her mystery A Bother of Bodies to Divertir Press!  Way to go, Amanda!  And I am so not surprised!  There’s a dead body in Mabel’s barn. It’s not her first dead body, but it is her first barn and she was hoping to keep it a dead-free zone. Their teenage neighbour, Berkley Gullevin, swears he didn’t kill Penfold but confesses to putting him in the barn because his family has problems with the law. What Berk doesn’t know, is that Mabel’s family does, too.  Mabel is a tough gal with very well hidden soft heart, a serious past, and a lot of loyalty to her younger brother.  And some mother issues…for a good reason…  I had a ball working with Amanda on this book and I had no doubt that she’d find a publisher for it.  Readers will love Mabel and I hope a series has just been born!

I should be more excited but it doesn’t seem real. My buddy Val asked me what picture I was going to put on the back cover. Huh? Will they let me do that? I’m pretty small potatoes. And until the contract is signed, when that book is actually in my hands, when I’ve sold the first copy and received my first royalty cheque…then, maybe, it will sink in and I’ll believe that I am a published author. Holy Hannah.

Until then, I must stay calm.

Because it won’t be out any time soon. When I spoke to Ken Tupper, the very patient publisher at Divertir Publishing,, he was clear about what I should expect. A contract needs to be negotiated. If all goes well, then an editor will dissect the novel, line by line, checking for grammar and spelling errors. Content will be discussed to ensure the plot and story lines make sense. Book covers.

And then, to top it all off, after over an hour of phone conversation, Ken, the publisher, said this; “Let me give you my home phone number. Have you got a pen handy?”

Have I got a pen handy. I would have pierced a vein with my fountain pen and drawn a pint of blood in order to get that phone number down. Having the home phone number of a real live publisher excites me more than the prospect of my name on the cover of my very own novel. Because that home phone number is real.

I’m trying not to check my e-mail every twenty minutes to see if the contract has arrived. Trying to keep in mind that a signed contract isn’t a sure thing, either. If there are artistic differences, if the editor decides I should end the book with a plant that eats the customers of the flower shop where it lives…and I disagree…then we’ll part ways amicably.

I really doubt that will happen. But it could. I’m such a pessimistic optimist.

Meanwhile, while I dither, please go to Mary’s site and sign up for her newsletter. Danielle Lenee Davis (you guys know Danielle, she comments on this site regularly), has an interesting and very educational interview with Mary about designing book covers. Danielle designed her own and there are some links that anyone thinking about a cover for their own book, or getting into cover designing, will find very helpful. Here’s a blurb from the interview:

Did you have any graphics skills already?  Or did you start cold and learn as you went?

I had a little. Very little, really. I used Adobe Photoshop. I hadn’t used Photoshop in over 10 years! Years ago, for about 18 months, I used Photoshop to create logos for people. I was just playing around and they paid me to do it.

I did some of the tutorials in the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Bookover this past summer, but I became impatient and started playing around (again) with it on my own. I’ll continue to do the tutorials so that I can use it for the next books. I have something in mind for my next Sydney Valentine cover, but I don’t know how to do what I want to do yet. Therefore, I’ll be getting back to the tutorials or I’ll Google it. There may be a YouTube video.  YouTube is a good resource, but sometimes they move too quickly in their demos. I’ve looked at two or three.

When you have time, check out Danielle’s webpage, and read the excerpt from her novel, The Protector. I love it (and her cover), it’s very good, and I’m so looking forward to reading it.

Now I’m going to go and write my dedication. That’s easy. Oh, and acknowledgements. So many people to thank…


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12 Responses to BREAKING NEWS!

  1. Danielle says:

    I’m so excited for you! Is your heart racing? I don’t know how you’re going to sleep tonight. I guess I’ll have to wait a while longer to read it.

    Okay. When will you finish the second one in the series? :-) How long did it take them to get back to you after you submitted it?

    Oh, and thank you for mentioning my website, book cover, and interview with Mary! It’s appreciated. :-)

    • ajcap says:

      Thanks, Danielle! My heart is fluctuating. Up one minute, back down to earth the next. It has never been good at keeping a nice, steady beat. As for sleeping, I had to take a dose of night time NyQuil Tuesday in order to get some sleep before work.

      Already outlined the second book and wrote the first chapter. Divertir, on their website, stated that it could take up to 3 months before I would receive a response but it wasn’t that long. A month and a half, maybe? I’d have to check my email dates. Thing is, you can’t just wait around. Keep busy. Probably good advice in any situation.

      And I was happy to mention your website, and the interview. Very informative, and I am so looking forward to seeing my finished book cover. I need more pictures of barns…and tractors…

  2. Linda Romero says:

    Amanda! Put me on the list for when it’s going to come out!

    Remember, you’ve already promised to autograph my copy. : )


    • ajcap says:

      Of absolutely course, Linda MS! Really, you were a big inspiration to me, all those years ago, when I first started with Funwriters. I sent a message to Ian because I couldn’t get back on the site but I haven’t heard back from him yet. I’ve been very, very remiss in not keeping up with his site.

      • LindaMS says:

        I put a note on the site so they’d know. They’re going to be so thrilled for you!

        • ajcap says:

          Thanks, Linda! I’m not sure how Ian’s health is these days so he may not get my e-mail for awhile. Meanwhile, I will try and get back in there…I just have to remember my password…

  3. Barb Taub says:

    Woohoo!!!!! Let the bubbly flow. [does the silly white-girl happy dance around room, scaring the dog. Again.] I’m so so happy for you and I can NOT wait for my (signed) copy.

    Mary has been telling me from the beginning about her fabulous client and she was, as usual (darn her) right. Let me know when the contract is official, and meanwhile I’m putting the champagne on ice. (Ha, that’s a little joke. We both know I’m in England, the Land That Ice Cubes Forgot, so the best I can do is put it on frozen chicken bits in the freezer…)

    Well done and congratulations.

    • ajcap says:

      LOLOLOLOL…I SO wish I had taken a couple days away from the relatives and come to visit you when I was in England last May. Ah, the regrets of our youth…

      2015, we have a date. Keep that champagne (though I must admit, I hate champagne…got any rum?) on the chicken bits and we’ll toast all our successes then. Even if the only success we’d had lately was getting our welly’s on the right feet.

      I owe Mary big time. And I owe my buddy Val big time because it was her who said, when I asked her about taking the course where I met Mary, JUST DO IT. In fact, she may have said that before Nike did. Hmmm. Maybe she can sue.

      Lots of acknowledgements due. Could be a thick book.

      And thanks. AND I finally put a blurb up on Amazon for Null City. Will get around to blogging about it next week sometime. Loved the characters but I kept getting confused about where they were. My fault, the genre (is Null City what they call Steampunk?) is not my usual cuppa but I enjoyed the writing. Would really, really like a print book. Harder to flip pages around in an ebook.

  4. steve capper says:

    I believe the shorthand for this is “YGG”. Really great news for you Amanda! (Spoiler alert! – The butler did it!)

  5. Carole Mertz says:

    Amanda, I’ve been meaning to congratulate you on this. Great news! I’ve been following you on the LR forum and elsewhere. Best of luck, even as you work your way through the process and try to keep yourself calm.

    • ajcap says:

      I’m learning a lot about writing, Carole, during this process but I’m also learning a lot about patience. It sure doesn’t come easy or all at once. But one of the things keeping me calm is comments like yours. Calm, motivated and determined. So, thanks for that.

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