Hello, romance readers! Ten of us Crimson authors who launched the line on June 4, 2012, are celebrating our six month release anniversary with a blog hop. There's even a raffle for a prize. Click on this a Rafflecopter giveaway link to enter a drawing for a Kindle Paper Light loaded with one title from each of the ten participating authors! Today, I'm hosting a fellow author, Micah Persell.
Every Writer’s Dream: “The Call”
Every writer who is sitting on an unpublished manuscript has one desperate wish: to get “The Call.” The Call is that magical phone call—or now in the world of technology, an e-mail—from an editor that lets a writer know her work is going to be published. Thoughts of The Call can become a feverish fantasy. Unpublished writers dream about the day, concocting ways it can happen in their heads, much like a girl with dreams of the perfect marriage proposal.
The day I got The Call is one I’ll never forget.
In “real life,” I am a high school language arts teacher. It’s actually a pretty sweet gig. I get to read books and talk about them with kids for a living. Books and kids—two of my favorite things. Talk about a dream job! I love heading into work every morning.
The day that changed everything was a heavy teacher day. I was taking sixty of my kids on a field trip with a fellow teacher to the University of California in Riverside so they could check out the campus. We had arrived and were sitting in a big meeting hall while the head of student life talked to the kids about the school when my phone buzzed in my pocket.
Normally, I’m pretty good about setting a no-cellphone-policy example for the kiddos, but for some reason that day, that buzz was getting under my skin. I sat as still as I could for as long as I could before I quietly made my way to the back of the hall to slip a look at my phone. It was a new e-mail. I absently clicked on it while listening to the speaker with one ear, and watching the kids with one eye, but in a second, my attention was completely snagged by what appeared on my phone’s screen.
The e-mail was from the acquiring editor of the Crimson Romance line, Jennifer Lawler. And she liked my book, Of Eternal Life. She wanted to publish it.
I stared at my phone in shock for several long moments. Finally, I forwarded the e-mail to my husband along with the question, “Does this mean what I think it means?”
And then, on wooden legs, I headed back to sit next to my fellow teacher—who also happened to be a dear friend— behind the kids. I was able to be quiet for a full two seconds before I leaned over to him and whispered, “I think someone wants to publish my book.”
His reaction was perfect: a mix of an over-loud “What?!”; an avid reading of the e-mail; and a great big side hug. By that time, my phone was ringing (silently) off the hook as my husband tried to get a hold of me. My teacher friend sent me outside to tell the Mr. the good news while he looked over our students, and by the time I got off the phone with my husband, the kids were out and buzzing with excitement because the other teacher had told them as soon as he could. For a few minutes, I was the coolest person the kids had ever met.
In the end, I couldn’t have dreamed up a more fulfilling way to find out I was about to become a published author. I was surrounded by a friend, the kids I love, and the support of my own personal happily-ever-after hero. It was pretty sweet.
And it’s only gotten sweeter since then. Book number two, Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, came out two weeks ago, and I’m under contract for book number three, a twist on Jane Austen’s Emma. I’ve met amazing new friends in my Crimson sisters, and I’ve heard from a surprising amount of readers.
Sometimes, the happy endings—or beginnings—aren’t just on the page.
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Lynn Cahoon: http://lynncahoon.wordpress.com/blog/
D'Ann Lindun: http://www.dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/
Moriah Densley: http://moriahdensley.com/blog/
Kristina Knight: http://www.kristiknight.blogspot.com/
Peggy Bird: http://www.peggybirdwrites.com/#%21/blog/
Diane Jewkes: http://dianerjewkes.com/
Denyse Cohen: http://www.denysecohen.com/
Micah Persell - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mpersellcouncil?fref=ts
Irene Preston - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/irene.preston?fref=ts
Nancy Loyan Schuemann - http://nlsscribe.com/blog/