What? No whooping and hollering?
C’mon, nobody’s looking, so there’s no need to hold back. Happy dance to your heart’s content. Your pets won’t tell tales, I promise. Although they might appear traumatized or shy away from you for a while, they won’t blab.
But you got The Call at work, you say? Time to slip into the break room where you can engage in some silent shouting and fist pumping. Keeping all that euphoria inside could be a health risk, don’t you think? A little release could help you regain some composure.
There. That’s better. Now you’ll be coherent when you call your spouse, parents, and/or critique partners. Of course, your CPs will probably be able to ascertain what’s taken place even if you call and utter nothing but nonsensical mutterings.
Once the calls are made, you’ll want to celebrate. Dinner out works for me. Besides, who can cook at a time like this? Your mind is too full to think about recipes, measurements, and such.
Depending on your situation, you might be able to hold your cyber celebration right away, or you might have to wait until the contract is signed. Waiting can be tough, but it does build the anticipation. When you are finally at liberty to share the news, you’ll be able to experience the thrill all over again.
OK. The party guests who came in droves to share in your excitement have returned to their regularly scheduled activities, and only a few crumbs from the virtual treats remain. What now?
In my case, the next step was the announcement of the deal in Publishers Marketplace.
For those not familiar with this awesome hub of the latest news in the publishing world, it is, as described on their website, the “biggest and best dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically.”
One of the many services offered is the New Deals page, where editors and agents report their latest purchases or sales of both fiction and non-fiction books. Only those who subscribe to PM are able to view it, though. Subscriptions are by the month with the current fee being $20. While that might seem like an unjustifiable expense, I’ve learned so much the past year by seeing who is selling what to whom. My PM subscription enables me to keep my finger on the publishing world’s pulse.
I’d dreamed of the day I would click the link to the New Deals page found in the issue of Publishers Lunch I receive in my inbox each weekday and see my name as I scrolled through that day’s deals. Somehow, seeing my sale there made it seem more real.
So, what does a PM announcement look like? The helpful staff at PM has granted me permission to share a photo of the screen showing my deal here on my blog. (For those, like me, who’ve reached the age of reading glasses, I’ll add the text of the blurb below.)
January 19, 2011
Keli Gwyn’s A BRIDE OPENS SHOP IN EL DORADO, CALIFORNIA, in which a forward-thinking woman is rejected as partner by a mulish mercantile owner, and opens her own shop across the street from his, causing sparks to fly, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, by Rachelle Gardner at WordServe Literary Group.
A New Title
Yes, my book has a title, a very nice title, if I do say so myself. When Rachelle made The Call, she said the title we’d used in the proposal would change, but until I saw the contract six weeks later, I didn’t know what the new title would be. A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is the new name, albeit a tentative one as per the contract.
I’d said many times that I was willing to leave the title to the publishing pros because they have the expertise. Barbour couldn’t have picked one that does a better job of saying what my story is about—or one that would make it any easier to market the book here in the Golden State. Color me happy.
I believe I have the privilege of being one of the writers for Barbour’s new Brides series. My agency mate Erica Vetsch will be one of the first, with her book A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas due to be released September 1, 2011. Her cover, which can already been seen on Amazon, is beautiful.
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Did you know about Publishers Marketplace and the role it plays in the publishing world?
What do you think of the fact that a publisher will ultimately choose your title?