Grateful: A publishing dream coming true

I started this blog to share an aspiring author’s journey into publishing. My hopes, my doubts but also the very real steps I undertook in order to fulfill my dream : seeing my novel published. First draft, rewrites, hiring a copy editor, developing a presence on social medias, querying agents are all essential parts of the publishing process. So are rejections – unpleasant but unavoidable. And then if you’re lucky like me, you’ll find a home for your book.

Today I am happy and proud to announce that I have signed a publishing contract for A Cunning Plan last Friday. The kind people at Crooked Cat Books have adopted my novel and are planning to release it as early as 2016 ! Knock on wood, in less than a few months my dream will, in fact, come true.

Just a few months ago, I posted my first blog entry, A place for hope. My adventures so far have been deserving of the title, and I’m ever so grateful. So here’s a list of the things I want to give thanks for at this stage of my budding career.

1. Gotham Writers Workshop : A great online writing class. My first readers, whose kind insightful criticisms have helped shaping the first chapters of A Cunning Plan. Without your positive feedback, I probably would have dropped the book in its early stage. Many thanks to Mike Harvkey, my teacher, for his encouragements and for believing in Sloane, my heroine.

2. Twitter : I already dedicated a blog post to my experience on Twitter – my early misconceptions, the things I learned. Here I want to thank all the amazing people I’ve met on Twitter and express how much their support and kindness have helped me. You wonderful authors, bloggers, you’ve made me believe in myself as an author. Your tweets and messages have put a smile on my face when I was feeling down, have motivated me to forge ahead when I was loosing courage. Bernadette, Kim, Geophf, Austin and so many others, you’re as true a friend as people in my every day life. #1lineWed talents, you inspire me and make Wednesday a truly special day. Thank you.

3. Beta readers : I’m grateful to my cousin, brilliant author Olivia Wildenstein, and my patient mother for reading A Cunning Plan’s early version and providing feedback. Thank you for sitting through endless rounds of questions about the book and having the courage to tell me what didn’t work.

4. Copy editing : Thank you to Erin Brown, my wonderful copy editor and her invaluable corrections. Also to my cousin, Vanessa Marinopoulos, for her later edits.

5. Querying: I’m actually grateful for the rejections. Or rather for the kind agents who took the time to answer me as opposed to the cold radio silence. Even standard rejections are an improvement compared to the absence of an answer. They come with a sense of closure. Time to move on.

6. Ebook revolution: I’m grateful for the changes in the publishing industry. Just a few years ago, my publisher didn’t exist. Outside of the big publishing houses, it was a no man land. Today we see the emergence of many indie publishers like Crooked Cat. Without the ebook revolution, this publishing deal of mine would still be only a dream.

7. Crooked Cat Books : Last but not least, I’m obviously beyond grateful to Crooked Cat and the faith they’ve put in my novel. You’re making my dream come true. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Gratitude. Inspirational quote typed on an old typewriter.

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  • Congratulations! That is wonderful news 🙂
    And I completely agree about it being better to get a standard rejection letter than nothing. Silence is so frustrating – leaves you not knowing whether you can cross an agent off your list or not…

    Looking forward to more publication news when you have it.

      • It’s gone silent! I’m guessing things are even slower than usual during the summer while agents go on holiday. I plan to send out more queries at the end of September (if, of course, I don’t have several agents fighting over me by then – haha! 😉

          • It’s contemporary women’s fiction. The blurb :
            Art and Soul is the story of Becky Watson, a struggling single mother who longs to revive her career as a modern Mephistopheles, working miracles to resolve her clients’ life crises. So when reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires her to fix his six-year creative slump, Becky is delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel, the woman of his dreams. But as the beautiful, yet brittle Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean denying herself a happy ending?

            While writing submission letter (which are a bit different in the UK to query letter in the US) I have stared at that short piece of text for far too long! 🙂

  • This is fabulous news, well done and thanks for the mention. You have cheered me up countless times too. I was pushing a buggy through wet crowded streets when the email came in with your blog post and it made me stop and smile. It’s so great to see progress being made by new writers and I cannot wait to read the book. You will have to let me know if you are on a book tour up North!!

    I packaged up my book to you last night so I’ll head down to the post office later this week. I suspect it is not what you are used to reading and I thank you for taking it on. I hope it doesn’t become a chore. Maybe save it for a wintry night, although that won’t be too far away if this weather keeps on like this.*

    I hope you will continue with this blog as I would love to continue to hear about the stages you go through, getting the book into print and those first sales. It must be so exciting and I couldn’t be happier for you.

    Bernie xx

    * Very British comment.

    • Can’t wait to start your book! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll love it! And this British “summer” will provide the perfect setting for a ghost story.
      If I ever did tour (not likely anytime soon), I’ll definitely let you know and if you stop by London, please send me a message. Would love to properly meet you!
      Many exciting projects for 2016 – if only I could stop being exhausted for one second! Hopefully this part will be over soon. How about you? Feeling any better?
      Thank you for your friendship, it truly means a lot to me xx

  • I’m actually feeling better this week which is such a relief. I’ve so many projects I want to get on with too – we’ll just have to be superwomen for the next two years. Am tired again just thinking about it! Exciting times though. Catch you soon x

  • Welcome to the Crooked Cat basket. We’re a very friendly and warm bunch of kittens with a wealth of excellent novels. And mine. No, I mean: mine, too.

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