As most of you know, I've written several novels and have been obsessively heavily marketing the most recent one, Emma Jean's Bad Behavior.
Over and over again, I get the same response from agents: We love it. But…
- But Emma Jean is too brash.
- But Emma Jean is unlikeable (because she does what she wants and says what she wants).
- But Emma Jean gets drunk on airplanes.
So on Saturday evening, when I got home from a day-long retreat and casually checked my email on my phone while talking to my husband, I found a message from a small publishing house to which I'd submitted. I thought it was going to say the same thing as all the rest. Because it started the same way:
Thanks for submitting your novel, Emma Jean's Bad Behavior to us. We love it……
Wait. There was no but.
I read further.
We love it and we'd like to include it on our 2013 publishing list.
It took me a minute to figure out what the email was saying. But once I did, it dawned on me: they want to publish my novel! (I've re-read the email a million times since then, making sure I didn't misunderstand it or that the words didn't rearrange themselves on the screen.)
This is a small publishing house but one that emphasizes literary quality and, the part I love the most, the "anti-heroine." That is our girl, Emma Jean. I don't have any details yet, and I'll share them with you as I get them, too. Let me just say for now that I'm very happy–Saturday night there was quite the spontaneous celebration around here!
I love this book and it makes me so happy that it is going to see the light of day at last. This feels like a door opening to me–one I've been knocking on forever. I'm going through it full force, and I invite you to come along. I'll be sharing every aspect of the process with you over the next few months. On Wednesday, for starters, I'll tell you more about how it came about.
Thank you for being loyal readers–blogging is as much my love as writing books, and it is wonderful to have an audience for my ramblings. I appreciate each and every one of you SO much.
Create a successful, inspired writing life: No matter what your writing goals, keep at it! Take another step toward your goal today. If I can do it, you can do it!
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