Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Best of: Book on Submission + Colicky Baby = Writer on the Edge

OK, so here is my "Best of" blog post. It's about The CALL--what else? Writing is so filled with difficult moments, that we have to hold on to, remember and celebrate the amazing ones!

So here goes:

"Your day is about to get a whole lot better."

Those were the words my agent said on Monday, December 3, 2007. I was at work, of course, with coworkers lingering outside my office, wondering why I was jumping up and down and pumping my fists into the air. I mean, did we just get a huge discount on our copier paper or something?

It was the end of a six month process that nearly shook my faith in my writing ability to its core.

See, I got my agent fairly quickly--I probably only sent out about 20-30 queries, and only for about a month, before I snagged Holly. After what she called, "Possibly the Shortest Edit Letter Ever," my baby was sent out into the universe in mid-June.

Immediately, we got several good reads, and my agent whispered "auction." Then...nothing. Everything fell through--the voice was too chick-lit, the voice was too young-sounding, one publisher backed out because another imprint at the same house was interested.

All that excitement and, by mid-July, we were left with...zero. Thankfully, I had more than enough to distract me, since I was nine months pregnant. And through the sleepless nights right after my son was born and those first few weeks with a colicky baby, Holly kept right on submitting. And I kept the faith. Faith that my writing was worthy, that it was relevant, that writing was something I was MEANT to do.

Towards the end of my maternity leave, I started to panic, because I really, really wanted to stay home and write. And damn it, if someone would just BUY my damn book...

But, as we know, that never really works. So, we found a wonderful nanny and I went back to work in early November. And, after a couple of weeks, realized how much I enjoy my job and my coworkers. Now, I barely had time to wrap my mind around THAT revelation before my cell phone rang and heard the news that someone wanted to buy my book AND the sequel.

And so I went home, opened a bottle of wine (that I have since saved and put on display in my kitchen) and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, alternating between freaking out and jumping up and down.

Just reading over that makes me giddy! Stay tuned, folks, because we're going to announce the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card as soon as we tally up all the entries!


Anonymous said...

Hmmm,I wonder if I too should buy a bottle of wine for my "Waaaaahhoooooo!!!!" Moment. Or maybe just a 2-litter of Cherry Coke? :) I know I'm late on this Maureen but Waaaaaa hooooo!!!! For you. :D

RKCharron said...

Hi Maureen :)
Thank you for sharing your "The Call" story.
It is inspiring and reaffirms my determination to get published.
Love & Best Wishes to you & yours,