It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I do so today with huge news. A few months ago, I sent my manuscript out again, this time to a group of independent presses. I decided, after a few months of interning at an independent press, that it might be a good idea for me, as a first time author, to try my luck somewhere other than agents and big houses. And a few weeks later, one of these presses wrote back saying they had read my partial, and wanted to see a full. Not long after that, the editorial director sent me a short, to the point email saying that they had read the full manuscript, loved it, and wanted to send a contract along for me to look at.
It took a little longer for me to get back to them. I read every blog post and article I could about negotiating a book contract, what to expect from a book contract, and things you should never give up when negotiating (one of the most helpful posts was superstar agent Janet Reid’s “Ten Things to Know if You Go Commando”) I reached out to the contacts I’ve made through interning in the publishing industry and gathered all the advice I could. I came back to them with a round of negotiations. We went through two more rounds before coming to an agreement that I think works for both of us.
I haven’t signed anything yet, but, long story short, it looks like by early 2015 I will have my first novel published!
I can hardly believe it. The day I was offered the contract was literally the first time I ever pinched myself to see if I was mid-dream.