It’s Frabjous Friday, time to have some fun and celebrate our successes. If you have good news, I invite you to let us know about it in a comment so we can happy dance with you.
A Proposal . . .
Upon returning from the ACFW conference in Indianapolis in September, I set to work preparing my first-ever proposal package. I’ve sent a rough draft to my agent, Rachelle Gardner, who will help me polish that important document until it’s ready for submission.
I’ve been writing with the goal of publication for nearly five years, but this is the first time my work will actually be shopped. I’m both excited and a wee bit scared.
A Possibility . . .
Since my wise husband said it’s OK to hold out hope that an editor might like my story and want to offer me a contract, I decided to let myself imagine the possibility.
I’ve interviewed many debut novelists at Romance Writers on the Journey. One of my favorite questions to ask is, “How did you react when you received The Call, and how did you celebrate that milestone?”
Since I screamed “Oh. My. Gosh!” at the top of my lungs as I literally bounced off the walls when I opened that life-changing email in which Rachelle said she wanted to “discuss the possibility of representation,” I figure when she calls to tell me we have a contract offer I’ll react with some volume. I trust she’s used to holding the phone far from her ear when delivering such news. 🙂
A Plan . . .
How will I celebrate the good news? Here’s what I envision.
Second: I’ll chill the Asti. I rarely drink since I don’t like the taste of most alcoholic beverages, but I discovered Asti at Olive Garden and like to have a glass on special occasions. Once I’m at liberty to share the BIG news publicly, I’ll put a short message on Twitter and Facebook: “I opened the Asti!” Then, I’ll do just that.
Third: I’ll go out to dinner at Olive Garden with Gwynly. That’s our special spot for celebrating Valentime’s Day, my birthday, and our anniversary. (In fact, Rachelle’s exciting email arrived on our 22nd anniversary. I received it as soon as we got home from Olive Garden. How’s that for great timing?!)
Fourth: I will contact an excellent seamstress I know to set up an appointment to discuss having a Victorian dress made. I’d like one similar to what the heroine wears in the final scene of my historical romance. I have an actual cartes de visite that served as my inspiration, and I would ask my friend to use the dress the woman is wearing in the historical photograph as a model. The color will be my heroine’s favorite: purple. The silk flowers at the throat will be violets.
I’m sure there will be many other ways I celebrate, but until that long-awaited day arrives, I really don’t know exactly how I’ll react or what I’ll do. One thing I do know is that I’m sure to be sporting an enormous grin for weeks. 😀
I wanna know . . .
If you’ve sold, how did you celebrate?
If you’ve yet to sell, how do you envision celebrating when you do?
What’s the most memorable First Sale celebration you’ve heard of?