I’m thrilled to welcome guest blogger Gabriella Edwards, aka Ohio Valley Romance Writers member Rosie Murphy — who also happens to be my critique partner — as she blogs about her first sale!
Two weeks ago, just like any other Friday after a long day of exhausting work, I wanted to unwind with some mindless cyber-chatter. Normally more tenacious about checking my messages as soon as I get home, I succumbed to my family’s antsy cries for dinner. They dragged me away from my beloved laptop and distracted me with comforting meatballs smothered in cheese at the local pizza place—I’m so easy.
Once home again and still glowing with good food and company, I sat down at my laptop, which quickly forgave me for my desertion, and I started checking my messages. Pouring through numerous notes and announcements from chapter mates or other loops I’d developed a fondness for lurking, my eyes snagged on an unfamiliar address with the title of my novella in the subject line. Since I’d recently received word through a contest final that a leading ePublisher’s managing editor was interested in seeing my MS, I promptly opened the message.
The first line—Thanks for submitting Until Emie to Red Sage Publishing. I’m very taken with its sleek plot, full-speed-ahead pacing and—especially—its hot sex.—clearly sounded like there was a “but” coming. Doesn’t it sound like there should be a “but”?
Much to my delight, there wasn’t! We’d like to offer you a publishing contract…followed. The only thing I remember running through my head at the time was a sound. A guttural, high pitched squealing. It took my husband’s raised eyebrows and my daughter’s checking my pulse for me to realize that noise was coming from me! Then, I started giggling which finally turned into gasping words of explanation. I’ve kept the email and plan to frame it someday, but I love seeing those words over and over.
No, I didn’t get a call. I’d dreamt about receiving the fateful phone call every since I’d decided to make my dream of writing romance a reality. But oh, baby, an email message is just as good!
Thanks for sharing that wonderful news, Gabriella! You can find her website here: http://www.gabriellaedwards.com/
What about the rest of you? Sadly, I don’t have my own “call” story yet *pauses to weep hysterically* but what about you? Have you had “the call?”