In late June of 2009 I got THE CALL. Every writer knows what THE CALL is without me having to explain THE CALL. But in case there are a couple of non-writers lurking around, THE CALL is the phone call you get from an agent or editor either saying, “I want to represent you” or “I want to buy your story.” In my case the call came from Lara Hyde at Harlequin. My 12,500 word novella “Seven Day Loan” had been accepted for publication as a Spice Brief eBook. I was getting published for the first time in my 31 years. Not only published but PAID in the high three figures (yeah, nothing you can retire on there ;). But still…I was the real thing. Somebody wanted to pay me for my story. And they were going to publish it on December 1, 2010.
Release Day is a manic day. You wake up and the first thing you do is hit the Internet. I emailed everyone I know. Seriously, literally…everyone–ex-boyfriends, ex-lovers, ex-bosses, ex-roommates…if I had your email address you got an email from me about my novella. I posted the information on a romance forum. I posted it on Twitter. I begged anyone I knew who had a blog to blog about it. It’s a day of non-stop pimping.
I’ve enjoyed it.
I got my first piece of fan email today. I can’t stop smiling to think a total stranger liked my story enough to write me about it.
I feel a sense of peace and excitement like something wonderful is beginning and I get to be a part of it. I hope every one of you gets to feel this someday. If you already have a book out, you know what I mean. If you don’t, you will someday if you keep doing what I’ll be doing tonight…sitting at home in my bed wearing my sock monkey Christmas pajamas and…WRITING!
Oh, the sock monkey Christmas pajamas are optional.