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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Big Moment Has Finally Arrived....

I am so excited! My first novel is published and available for sale. It seems like this has been such a long time coming. I began jotting down notes more than five years ago and before I knew it I had part of a book written. I was cruising around the internet one day and found Tate Publishing's website. They were the only publishing company I had run across that would accept partial submissions so I thought 'what the heck' and submitted the six or so chapters that I had written. Months went by and in my busy life I had forgotten all about it. Until one day I received a wonderful phone call from Donna Chumley in the acquisitions department of Tate Publishing offering me a contract to publish my book. I thought it must surely be a joke. I mean, I had expected to get dozens of rejection letters before someone even gave a sideways glance at my book and here I was being accepted by the first and only publishing house that I submitted to. I spent that night completely researching Tate Publishing and found out that not only were they everything they claimed to be, but they were more! The next day I received my overnighted contract and everything else is history. Well, not quite, I had to actually finish my book first! Thanks to a very loving and supportive family and all my wonderful friend's encouragement I was able to finish my book and make it through the publication process. Also thank you to Sheridan Irick, Kristen Verser, Rachael Sweeden, and Lindsey Brehens (my Tate Publishing crew) for guiding me along the way. Now I find myself in marketing with Chris Coffey, which just might prove the hardest part of this adventure! The reason I say that is because now is the moment of truth....I am not just getting feed back from the biased people who love me but from any reader that might happen upon my book.

So, that being said, thank you to all of my friends and family who have put just as much of yourselves into this book as I have. Thank you to my readers whether they be biased or not. I really hope that you enjoy the story of Mark and Callie. Please feel free to write to me and let me know what you think. If you are wondering what happens to these two adventurers I am working on a second novel.

I will be posting information about upcoming events and releases so stay posted and keep in touch.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so very excited for you. I know you have worked hard and for a long time on this project and now it is finally completed. Yea!! My only question is when is the next one coming????