I’d heard a time or two of aspiring writers getting contracts one right after another after years of struggle. Until now, I’d thought it a nice story that happened to a few extremely lucky souls, but little more. (The optimistic romantic in me, though, often dreamed of it.)
In March, my dear friend and critique partner, Jessi Gage, received a contract for her highland romance, Wishing for a Highlander, which is due out in January 2013. In April, I received my first contract for my paranormal, fairy tale romance, Red and the Wolf, due out in April 2013. Then, in May, Amy Raby, Jessi’s friend and a writer I’ve come to know and enjoy seeing online, though I’ve been rooting for her for over a year, since Jessi gushed over her fantastic novel, received her first contract.
The three of us getting offers in that short a time could just be coincidence, but I prefer to have greater faith and a more thankful spirit than that. One way or another, I could not have dreamt up much better of a scenario. Okay, I could. We could all have received offers on the same day with advances we could retire on for generations, agents begging to represent us, and preorders pouring in before we even signed our contracts, but I have to draw the line somewhere.
What the three of us have received over the past three months has been great, and I consider it an honor to share this experience with these two wonderful women and fantastic writers. Despite authors’ tendencies to be introverts, it’s an uplifting feeling to share in each other’s joys and triumphs.
I am thankful for the opportunity to publish, but I’m more grateful for these wonderful women sharing the journey with me.