Carol W is the winner. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome all! Welcome Caridad!
Remember all posts run noon to noon Mountain time for prizes. Caridad’s post will be up today noon– okay a few minutes late — my computer crashed and I had a freak out 30 minutes where I couldn’t get my files to load but all is well.
Today’s prize will be two SOURCEBOOKS Laura Kinsdale trade paperbacks. UNCERTAIN MAGIC AND THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT. Gorgeous covers and a wonderful author. AND a copy of AWAKENING THE BEAST that has my story and Caridad’s in it:)
Just post to get a chance to win! I am headed to Donna’s post to post the winner for yesterday too.
Onward to Caridad’s call story. Caridad not only writes amazing vamps for HQ she has an awesome paranormal series at Grand Central.
There are days that you will always remember no matter how much time passes. The day that you get “The Call” that someone wants to buy your book is one of those not-to-be-forgotten moments.
For me, “The Call” happened on a Good Friday. I had off from work, but it wasn’t a relaxing day. It was the kind of day working mothers have way too often – trying to fit in household chores, preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday and traditional egg hunt, and a visit to my mother-in-law and great-grandma (who passed away last year on her 103rd birthday!).
My husband was tied up with work at home and I had decided to take my daughter to visit the two grandmas since we wouldn’t see them at Easter. After loading their Easter baskets into the car, we headed to Brooklyn.
We hadn’t been in the house more than about half an hour when my husband called. Someone had just phoned for me and he had almost hung up on them, thinking that they were a telemarketer, but something made him stop and listen (quite rare as those of you with husbands know). Then he said to me, “She says she’s an editor at Kensington and wants to talk to you about the book you sent them.”
He read off the number she had left and I took a deep breath. My hands were shaking. Heart pounding a rabbit-fast beat. After so many rejections, I didn’t want to believe that this might be it – The Call!
I phoned the editor and she answered immediately. Even more importantly, it was “The Call.” The editor indicated that she wanted to acquire the book I had sent in about a month earlier, but would call me back in a few days with all the details like the advance, publication date, etc. I thanked her, gave her some numbers where she could reach me and hung up.
Then I started jumping up and down and screaming, “I just sold my book! I just sold my book!”
The floor groaned and creaked – okay, I needed to lose a little weight — but the home is older so that was the real reason for everything shaking. Or maybe it was that my mother-in-law, daughter and great grandma all came in to ask me what had happened and when they realized, they started hopping up and down as well.
So that was The Call, but publishing is fickle. Two years after the publication of my first book the line closed, leaving me to struggle to sell another book. It took nearly two years, but five years later, I was lucky enough to get The Call again, but I wasn’t surprised when The Call came.
I’ve had The Call come often in the last ten years although not always on Good Friday. Each and every time it is special to hear those words and know that my dream continues.
If you’re an aspiring author, I hope that you one day experience the thrill of The Call.
Read an excerpt from Stronger than sin here:http://www.caridad.com/books/paranormal/stronger-than-sin/
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