Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Call

When I got up this morning and grimaced at my alarm clock, I did not think I would be getting any kind of life changing news. I was thinking I have to go get my son enrolled in preschool, go buy a backpack for him, clean the kitchen, the living room...etc.

I did not think I would be getting The Call.

I checked my email at about 7:30 and discovered I had an email from my editor asking if she could call me and chat about my MS. So of course I emailed her straight back with something like "heck to the yes". About a half hour after that came The Call.

I've been offered a two book contract with Harlequin Presents. Which I said yes to, of course! Actually, she said, we'd like to buy your book and I said something horribly clever like "well, I'd like to sell it to you. "*snerk*

So yes, I'm in shock a little bit. But I am set to be a published author. For the romance line I love the most. It is my dream come true and to have it happen so soon in my life is more than I could ask or hope for.

Thanks to God, my family, my editor, and last, but oh so definitely not least, the Sisterhood. Without you girls it wouldn't be happening and I love you all so much!

58 comments:

  1. WooHoooo! I am the first to post.

    I am over the moon for you Maisey. You troly deserve this.

    Can't wait to see your first book in print -- and to get your autograph!!!!

    Barbara

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  2. Maisey, congratulations!

    I am so, so happy for you and this is such well-earned success.

    One down, five to go!

    Can't wait until I have a complete row of signed first books from the Sisters on my shelf.

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  3. Oh, why won't your blog let me post!

    Try again!

    Maisey, this is such well-earned success and I can't express how happy I am for you.

    One down and five to go. I want a full set of signed first books from the Sisters on my shelf!

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  4. LOL, of course as soon as I reposted two appeared! Too happy for Maisey to even sigh over the weird ways of the internet.

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  5. Jane,

    I was getting ready to re-post, too!

    And I love the idea of having a bookshelf of books authored by the Sisters.

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  6. Hi Maisey,

    What fantastically awesome news. And I'm sure you deserve it completely. Congratulations again!! Even though I've known you only a few weeks, I'm ecstatic for you.
    You go, girl!!

    Sri.

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  7. My comment won't appear either! Congratulations, Maisey!!

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  8. Whew...been on the phone with my dad. He's thrilled. And he called my grandma, who is the BIGGEST Harlequin fan and she's so excited and that is the coolest thing.

    Then I had to change a stinky diaper...hmmm...published authors have to change stinky diapers?

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  9. Congrats, congrats, congrats! I am so happy for you!!! Looking forward to reading about your journey to your pub date!

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Sorry some of you are having posting probs! I'm still getting the comments in my inbox.

    Thank you, Pam! I'll know more re the release date and title when I get the contract in the mail. I'll keep everyone posted.

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  11. Wow!!! Can't believe I was alseep for this!!! FANTASTIC NEWS! Maisey, you so deserve it. The wait wasn't in vain huh?

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  12. Yay! Fantastic news. I'm so pleased for you.

    I'm just a bit worried about your comment. What do you mean published authors have to change stinky nappies?! That doesn't seem fair ;-)

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  13. Imagine my shock, Joanne. I imagined a maid whisking in and handling it for me...apparently not. And I'm soon to have three in diapers.

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  14. congratulations Maisey! Wow, what a feeling that must be! And for the new bub too - or did i read that wrong?
    Congrats again!

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  15. New baby due in just seven wks, Kerrin! Hoping to have her a bit early though as I'm huge...

    And thank you very much!!!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS Maisey!! This is what happens when you work hard and don't give up!!

    Want to hear alllll about it. Every word. Every inflection. A TWO book?? That's almost unheard of for a first buy!

    This is seriously fabulous, Maisey! So, going to RWA conference in July???

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  17. Wow...haven't gotten as far as RWA!! LOL. I'll probably still be too broke. :-)

    My editor was incredibly sweet and complimentary, which just made my head spin. And she thought I lived in NYC or someplace, not the sticks of Oregon. So that was gratifying! She also didn't realize it was my first sub or my age, also cool.

    And I didn't know a two book was rare, that makes me feel very special indeed!

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  18. Oh, you ARE special. A two book is VERY rare on a first sale! Your editor must be nuts about you!

    And we've got plenty of time to talk you into RWA.......=) The Harlequin party alone is worth the trip!!

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  19. Aw, Maisey, how fabulous! Just saw the news on Twitter! Welcome to Presents! Who is your editor?

    I know exactly how you feel, my dear. I remember it so well. :) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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  20. Oh, forgot to say, email me with any questions if you want. I've been with Presents for a little over a year now. :) lynn AT lynnrayeharris DOT com

    I'll answer anything I can. :)

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  21. Congratulations and I think it's now time to edit your blogger profile! Best of luck to you. Hopefully it'll be me soon.

    - L

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  22. Thanks so much, Lynn!

    Jenny Hutton is my editor and she's just lovely! I'll have to take you up on your email offer!

    Maureen, Thank you for the kind words! I so appreciate it!

    I have to leave now, and I'm having so much fun! But even signed authors have to change dirty diapers and take their little ones to enroll in preschool. :-)

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  23. Oh yeah, I'll have to update!!

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  24. Just saw this on twitter! Congratulations!! This is wonderful news. xoxox

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  25. Also found this on twitter, Congratulations!

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  26. Massive congratulations! I just saw Mulberry (Jane)'s post over on eHarlequin and I'm so excited. It seems to have been a slow year for new sales to Harlequin, so this is such a wonderful high to end the year on.
    Just think ... people you don't even know are dancing up and down for you!
    Can't wait to read your books!

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  27. Hey Maisey,

    I couldn't be happier for you. Congratulations and I can't wait to buy this here in Aust, although I'll obviously need a signed copy too!

    Robyn

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  28. Congratulations Maisey on your sale - I hope the first of many

    And welcome to the family of Presents authors. I'll look forward to reading your book when it appears in print

    Kate

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  29. OMG Maisey!! HUGE congratulations!!! You obviously ROCK!!! Can't wait to read it!!!

    :)
    Rach!

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  30. Maisey,

    I've said it in the group, I'll say it again, not one of us sisters is surprised. You deserve this more than anyone I know. You're one deteremined lady and it helps enormously that you're writing is absolutely-hands down-brilliant. Love you lots and finding it hard to accept that I can't be with you in person to hug the life out of you! But Italy ain't all that far away....

    Oh, and I want my signed copy before anyone else, I'm greedy like that!

    Aideen.

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  31. Congrats Maisey on both your book and your bub! Talk about excitment! I can't wait to read it!

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  32. Big congratulations Maisey!
    Looking forward to it hitting the shelves!

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  33. Thank you all so much for the congrats and the welcome! I'm absolutely thrilled! Still in shock, I think. But hey, that should wear off in the next...maybe never. :-D

    To my lovely sisters, Jane, Aideen, Barbara, Robyn and Jilly: Thank you all so much for your help! I love you!! Your critiques were so helpful to me and you'll be getting your calls soon!

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  34. Maisey, I saw your great news on Pamela Cayne's twitter page--congrats!!!! Enjoy this new adventure :).

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  35. Nice to see you here, Marilyn! Thanks so much!

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  36. Wow, Maisey! I'm so happy for you and the wonderful support and congratulations you're getting from all these great ladies. I love you much, babe, and am soo proud! -Your Hubby

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  37. Thank you, sweetie! I love you! To be totally mooshy for a moment, you're the reason I write romance. Thanks for all of your support and very insightful critiques. And for the invaluable window into the male mind!

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  38. Congratulations Maisey...I LOVE reading Presents. So count on it that I'll be one of your readers...

    Tessa

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  39. Thank you, Tessa! I'm a big fan if Desire...I'm already one of your readers. :-)

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  40. MEGA congrats, Maisey!!

    Can't wait to read your debut novel. I've so enjoyed your posts about your journey to publication on this blog. And I'm looking forward to your posts about your experience as a newly published author.

    Hope you celebrate in style - with no dirty diapers in sight :)

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  41. Oh, Angie, with two small boys in diapers...there are always diapers. :-) But, of course I will continue to blog. I'm a talker, and this is such a wonderful way to 'talk.'

    Thanks to you too!!

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  42. Maisey,
    I'm absolutely thrilled for you!

    I learned of your call on an authors' loop and knew you straight away from our chats on Twitter!

    HUGE, HUGE congrats!
    Enjoy every moment of this magical ride!

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  43. An author's loop? Now that makes me feel special. :-) Thank you so much!!

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  44. Oh, congratulations! I actually just saw this news on an author loop (probably the same one Nicola mentioned!)! This is super news!!!

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  45. Such wonderful news, congratulations. Hoping when it published you'll send it to me to review. Celebrate!

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  46. How wonderful! You must be so excited! What a nice Christmas present.

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  47. Thank you, Alison. I'm super excited! Up early (and late) getting my tweaks done so I have have them in by...well, tonight compliments of the time difference.

    Marilyn , review? Scary. :-) Yes, celebrating is going and going and going!

    It's a great Christmas present, Carla. I'm getting a baby for Christmas too. When I go big, I don't go halfway! LOL!

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  48. Congratulations, Maisey!!! WTG! I can feel your excitement emanating from the blog. It’s so wonderful. Enjoy every second! :)

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  49. Thank you, Gail!! Yep, we're all very excited!!

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  50. I love harlequin and can't wait to read your book! Way to go!!!

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  51. OMG, OMG, OMG!!! I am sooooo thrilled for you, Maisey! I haven't "known" you for long, but I can sooo get why they love you (and your book) of course! Very, very, very well done!

    Maya

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  52. Owww, just read your hubby's post and it made me tear up! What a wonderful man! And yes, I get why you write Presents, too :)

    Maya

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  53. Thank you, Maya! Yeah, he's a great guy. :-) And isn't he so tall, dark and handsome? If only he were a billionaire. :-)

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  54. Awesome! I'm so happy for you. Just too cool, Maisey.

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  55. Thank you, Lori! I am feeling exceedingly blessed!

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