Friday, August 27, 2010

The Lowdown on the Sale

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." ~ Dr Suess.

I promised to pop back and fill you in on the sale of The Outlaw Bride once my brain has stopped spinning at rates of speed that would make Mario Andretti suffer severe motion sickness. So here I am, but first, let's pause a moment while I resurrect an old pix of Connor Langston, TOB's hero in residence. Ah...yes...now where was I?

Wednesday afternoon, while sitting in my pod diligently working away...okay I was talking to J on the phone...my cell phone rang. Thinking it was the vet calling me back (my dog seems quite keen on picking up every parasite he can find), I hung up on J and took the call. It went something like this:

Me: Hello?
Caller: Hello is this Kelly Boyce?
Me: Yes.
Caller: This is Angela James from
Carina Press.
Me: ogoafhoav blaiodr blergh

Okay, I didn't actually say that. In fact, I don't think I said anything at all. I was too busy trying to decide if I was hallucinating or not. When Ms James continued talking, telling me they had read The Outlaw Bride and wanted to offer me a contract if I was still interested (if I was still interested...hahahaha...ahem), I realized I wasn't hallucinating. Then I spent most of the remaining phone call trying not to scream my fool head off - seeing as I was still in my pod and said screaming would have sent my podmates into a panic.

I believe at one point I may have blurted out, "This was totally worth hanging up on my boyfriend for!" And yes, I may - may - have done an arm pump or two. Maybe three. And a front kick. There was also some type of dancing involved.

Sigh...so mature.

Anyhoo...They sent the deal sheet later that day, I perused it, filled in my contact info and sent it back. Liz Bass will be my editor (I've heard nothing but good about her so very excited), release date is Spring 2011, and, at this point, no change in the title is requested.

But now that the initial shock of selling has receded somewhat, my head is spinning with all the things I need to do, so that come release time I will be ready to go. Revamping the website, setting up an FB fan page, going back to monthly blogging at PopCultureDivas, blogging here more regularly, etc. I figure the more things I can organize now; the smoother things will run down the line. On top of that, I need to finish my revisions on ITS so I can start marketing that to agents before I get caught up in the editing process with The Outlaw Bride.

I see a list in my future. Possibly even a spreadsheet. I do love a good spreadsheet....

And there you have it. The lowdown of my first foray into the world of Published Author.

18 comments:

MJFredrick said...

I'm still grinning! The process is pretty quick, so yes, it's great to have your ducks in a row!

Pamela Callow said...

Kelly,

Carina Press is going to LOVE you - you've got so much already set up. And people already lined up to read your book!!!!

Congratulations! I now have the rather delicious problem of which ebook reader should I buy because I want a first edition of your book!

Deborah Hale said...

Congratulations again, Kelly!!

I was just thinking the other night, when I saw your latest contest successes, that you'd probably be getting The Call any time. I love it when I'm right!

Kelly Boyce said...

I love it when you're right too Deb. And oddly enough, on the weekend I watched a movie with Paul Walker in it and commented to John that's who I used as a model for Connor and how much I really liked that character. Weird how things converge. :)

And Pam, I'm thinking I need to pick up a Kobo. I was waiting on it but maybe that'll be my congratulatory splurge.

Thanks MJ! I'm still grinning too.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Congratulations Kelly. I'm so happy for you. And since I already have a sony ereader - I'm all ready to read your book.

michellewillingham said...

Huge congratulations, Kelly! I'm so happy for you!! Woot!

Julianne MacLean said...

Love that story!

Cat Schield said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So deserved. I'm so pleased for you. How many days ago were you feeling as low as you could feel about your publishing goals and now you're on top of the world.

I'm over the moon happy for you!

scotialassie said...

Great post and great news, Kelly! I'm looking forward to reading the book. Although, I have not read much of your writing, I do so enjoy your posts on Dark and Stormy and PopCultureDivas. Way to go!
p.s. I would scream and do the arm pump and kick too, if I were you.

Bev Pettersen said...

So exciting, Kelly. And you're already organized. The time is going to fly. Looking forward to celebrating with a piece of cake! Congratulations again and thanks for sharing your story, love those call stories.

Julia Smith said...

Thanks for the yummy details!! Can't wait to see the dust churn up from all your heading-for-the-day excitement!

Norah Wilson said...

Love a great sale story! I hear great things about Carina. Congratulations, Kelly!

Stella MacLean said...

Dear Kelly,
This is so great, and just the beginning.
Look out publishing world!
Stella

Amy said...

OMG! That's awesome. Congrats! WOOT!

Lexi said...

YAY! It all sounds WONDERFUL! Huge congrats again! Are you still celebrating? You SHOULD be!

And I'm psyched you're going to blog more regularly. I miss checking in to see what you're up to!

Pauline Barclay said...

Fantastic news and congratulations!
It seems I will have to buy a ereader asap, as you and my friend Shirley Wells are Carina Press Authors. Again well done! x

Tess said...

Thanks for sharing the details!!! LOL re hanging up on Jon and saying it was worth it *g*. Congrats again!!!!!

Donna Alward said...

I'm pretty sure I held on to a thin thread of dignity while I was on the phone too, and when I hung up I am sure there was some funky dancing going on and jumping up and down. :-) I think your reaction was perfectly normal!

And you are miles ahead of the game profile-wise! The next few months are going to be a blast!