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; http://www.newwritersinterface.com/
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, http://www.divertirpublishing.com/, 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, http://danielleleneedavis.com/2013/06/12/my-other-shadow/ 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…