Wednesday, May 11, 2011

♥.•*¨ I'm . . . what??? ¨*•.♥


So I *emailed my query letter and wasn't sure what to expect. More rejections, of course!

I've been in 'writer mode' for over 20 years. So what I got back from the publisher took me by shock.
I literally feel like a dog who has devoted his life in chasing cars. Day in, day out. Until--I catch one!

Now what?

I've been in my comfort zone of rejectedness for years. Sounds ironic, doesn't it?

Let me tell you something, I was taken by total surprise. I thought, "Really? They want my book? Really?" I did more than pinch myself. I got sick. Literally.

Many thoughts of doubt, yes, doubt, jumbled up my head. Can you believe that? I wondered if I was making the right choice. So I prayed and fasted and prayed and fasted again before I replied to the acceptance letter. It was no easy thing for me.

I researched the publisher. Read their website. Their blog. Looked them up on Preditors & Editors, reviewed their authors' blogs and sites. I studied the mock contract. I asked questions. I did more research. I consulted expert writerly friends. I did it all.

After I felt that it was the Lord's will for me to go ahead with it, other thoughts popped into my crazed brain:
What if they read my entire novel and decide it's not as good as my query letter? What if they don't like my book? What if, what if! I went back and reread it and my stomach fell. I want to promote something that would make my publisher proud.

Darkspell has gone through 3 rewrites, roughly 3 editing sessions, over 4 critter palz, and yet, I felt unsure. I called a friend of mine who rocks with writing and asked for the dirty truth of my novel. She coached me on some details that flipped me into an oblivion.

I sunk further. I should've known better! Why did I decide to submit my query letter? How could I have submitted it this whole time, thinking my book rocked?

Blessedly, my publisher was okay with me doing a major face-lift. I cut over 5K words from my book. The fluff, you know? It's amazing how an acceptance letter makes a whole world of difference on my perspective of my MS.


Finally, after more praying, I whipped out the contract and signed and documented it!




 How do you imagine it to be for you when an agent or publisher says yes?


*late March

36 comments:

  1. Hey Elizabeth, great news, congrats.

    Did they want to publish your book purely off the query and without having seen the full manuscript? Not sure i followed the sequence of events correctly (it's early here).

    regards
    mood

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  2. Well, congrats! 5k of fluff is a good cut.

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  3. Wonderful news., Elizabeth. I hope you have every success.

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  4. I refused to celebrate until I had the signed copy of my contract on my counter. THEN i jumped up and down in excitement. Now, I'm working on getting an agent, I do a little happy hop every time I get a request for a partial or full, knowing it'll probably end in a rejection...

    BUT WOW AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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  5. I love that you shared your spiritual journey regarding your decision making. All that prayer and fasting will certainly lead you in the right direction. I am SOOO happy for you! I can imagine that you felt sick. This is extremely important to you. Your dream. I know you will be blessed for your faith and diligence. Good things happen to good people.

    Felicidades!

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  6. A great big congrats...WOW!

    I'm so happy for you.

    Thank you for sharing each moment of your agonizing, it makes me feel more normal.

    I have signed contracts before, but all of them for short story anthologies by various writers including me..wonder what it would be like if I ever have the offer for publication for an entire book!

    Congrats again on your dream come true.

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  7. Brilliant!! congrats Elizabeth :D

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  8. Wonderful news, Elizabeth. Wish you loads of publishing success. I am thrilled for you. Hugs.

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  9. Awesome news! And yes, getting accepted will make you take that very hard look you usually avoid. Sadly, I don't know that from personal experience, but you are not the first person to say something like this. :D Wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  10. Congratulations, Elizabeth! You are living proof that perseverance pays off! Bravo!

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  11. Oh I'm so happy for you! Many, many congratulations - you truly deserve it. The publication process is a world of hurt - I know, I've been through it. I remember I cried like crazy when I got accepted. Enjoy it!

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  12. Lovely Elizabeth Mueller!! You deserve all your successes and lots more publishing deals cos you are just fabulous!! Good luck and all the best!! Yay! Take care
    x

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  13. Really? They took on your novel after only reading the query? That must be some query letter!!

    Congratulations!! Enjoy the moment and celebrate. Woohoo!!

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  14. Congratulations!! Sounds like excellent news.:-D
    Cheers
    paul

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  15. Great news! Absorb it! Don't let that feeling pass you by in all the craziness!

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  16. When an agent says yes to me, I will probably be in shock, sort of nervous and sort of excited. I would probably take my family out to dinner because I'll be rich then, right? LOL. Seriously I think I would sort of take it in stride as the next step. It takes a lot to make me go off kilter.

    BTW, great news for you.

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  17. Congratz to you ~ ! !
    You really deserve it.

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  18. Part of my problem is that I can't imagine it. Congratulations!! And I love your new website. Lovely! The book sounds so good! I can't wait to read it!

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  19. Wow, they want it? That's wonderful news! I haven't even begun to imagine what it would be like yet.

    I missed seeing you at storymakers. Were you there this year?

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  20. If anything I write is ever accepted I think I will faint on the spot.

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  21. Oops hit the post button before I said a Big, Major Congratulations! Well Done and good luck.

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  22. Congratulations! Very well deserved. Enjoy!

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  23. Mood, yes, you are right, they did. It caught me off guard so fast and hard I was scared!

    Lee, thank you, It sure felt good to get rid of it. :)

    Elaine, thank you so much! <3

    Jolene, I know what you mean. I mean, holding that book in your hand is like holding the newborn baby after 9 trying months--excellent cause for real celebration, right? Best of luck on your querying... *hugs*

    Crystal, thank you for your thoughtfulness! :)

    Jo, yes! Thank you, too! *hugs*

    Damyanti, you're ahead of me because you know what is in those contracts and how they work. That'll be a great thing for you and I have no doubt that you will be signing one soon for your books!

    Trisha, thank you! :D

    Rachna, thank you so much!

    Duncan, thank you! It's crazy, too!

    Books, thank you!

    Mel, thank you! I promise you will have your turn. <3

    Clara, thank you! :D

    Sue, oh, isn't that the truth of it? ;)

    Jennifer, thank you so much! <3

    Cathy, thank you!

    LG, thank you, I will. :D

    Paul, thank you!

    Heather, that's so true--a MUST to remember. Thank you!

    John, that sounds like a great plan. Thank you!

    Zay, thank you! :D

    Nisa, thank you! I'm happy you like my website--that's a great compliment for me! *jumping up and down*

    Michelle, so sad, but I wasn't. I know I've really missed out, but I will go next year. *sniff*

    Ann, yeah, the emotions run so high, I should've fainted.

    Murees, thank you! :)

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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  24. Wooot woooot! Congratulations, Elizabeth. What wonderful news to come here and find.

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  25. Many congrats, Elizabeth. I think I punched the air and yelled 'Yessss!' when I got my acceptance last year. When I got the second acceptance in January this year, I just breathed one HUGE sigh of relief!

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  26. Yay! Huge congratulations, Elizabeth.

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  27. Hahahaha!!! I remember! That was funny to me!

    S.B.Niccum
    Blog

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  28. Congrats, Elizabeth. How exciting. Can't wait to have you sign my copy of your book.

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  29. Wow, that's wonderful news!! I'm very excited for you. Congratulations!!

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  30. I understand how you feel completely, and I am so, so happy for you!

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  31. Congratulations! I am sure that part of you just has to feel elated, but the pessimism that most writers acquire as a defense against rejection sunk in and made you want to change it. I suppose it's time to relax- you did it!
    Ava

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