Monday, November 15, 2010

That Dreaming Thing

I used to dream about how it might happen. A phone-call maybe. A letter that didn't begin "If you sent a stamped addressed envelope we are returning your manuscript." Or an email of course. But the emails always begin, "Thank you for your query... but..." And that's what I thought this email would be when I clicked on it.

"Thank you for choosing... After careful consideration... I would be pleased to extend an offer of publication to you..."

I jumped out of my seat. I shrieked. My son, after first confirming I wasn't in pain, said, "Did you just get an offer?" Then I demanded he, and my husband, read the email just to be sure I wasn't somehow inventing words that weren't on the page.

I wasn't. It's real. I have a contract in my hands waiting to be signed. They said yes to my novel!!!! (And it wasn't even the one I was working on last week for that "full manuscript" request. This one was right out of the blue, and I'm not feeling blue.)

I like 2010!


Cherie Reich said...

Congratulations!! That's awesome!

Laura Eno said...

Many congrats!

Claudia said...

Hey Sheila, Congratulations!!!! That's great news! I know that feeling, it's the best. :))

Stephanie Faris said...


Proof it can happen suddenly, without warning!

When I got my agent, it was the same way. I figured it would be a phone call but it was an e-mail, which came at 7pm at night. And I opened the second e-mail first, with the contract, before I realized I was being offered representation!

I'm so happy for you!

Faithful said...

Congratulations! That's awesome...(You don't know me, but I just stopped by on your page) Looking forward to hearing more about your book!