This is a very hard post for me to write. Like torture, really. I suppose I still have some residual fear from my experiences this summer. You know, the whole orphaned author thing? Yeah, that. I had some very good news this week (Monday to be exact), but I haven’t wanted to announce it because, yeah, I worry that things will fall apart. Again. And I’ll look like an idjit.
But someone (you know who you are) told me this is a sure thing and that I should share it with y’all. So I will. *deep breath*
I found out this week that the first two books in my Veil series will be published by SirenBookStrand! I…okay, my brain still stutters every time I try to imagine it, but there you have it. I’m going to be p-p-published. Seriously, people, when I read that e-mail, my brain went into shock mode. It wouldn’t work. I alternately beamed and gaped at my monitor for about six hours only to go home in a daze. I’m still in a daze today, but it’s lessened some. I can sort of actually think now. (This is a good thing.)
It just doesn’t feel real. It feels like some kind of gimmick. I keep expecting to hear “but wait, there’s more!”, but so far…I haven’t heard any of that.
I broke the news to my family on Monday night. I spent two hours on the phone (and I hate the phone), calling cousins, aunts, and uncles. Out of the 9 people I spoke to, 3 of them thought I was calling them to let them know about a pregnancy (either mine, my sister-in-law’s, or someone else’s), one of them thought I was calling to tell them someone died, and the others didn’t tell me what they were thinking. Those talks on the phone still left me with a feeling of disbelief.
But it was last night that made me realize…yes, this is happening. I went to dinner with my sister, brother-in-law, their boys, the boys’ girlfriends, my aunt, mom, brother, and sister-in-law. After a delicious meal, which I had accompanied by a very nice Shiraz, they all toasted me. But it was the big grins on their faces that told me how proud they are of me.
Sure, my nephews are mercenary and wanted to know about money and if the publisher was legit (cause my baby takes care of his nanny). They all talked about what they wanted for Christmas. My brother-in-law was the 2nd person to mention a boat. I know they were joking. At least, I hope they were. I’m being realistic in what kind of sales I expect to see. Modest, hopefully. Stupendous would be even better, but that’s more like a wish.
Looking down that table last night at all those smiling faces…I realized that this writing thing I’m doing isn’t just for me. It’s for them. My stories are reflections of the things my family has been through, overcome, and laughed at. I couldn’t have done this without them and without the people I’ve met through my writing. Y’all all are the absolute best.
I hope to have more information in the next couple of weeks, such as publication dates and the like. I’m still kind of stunned, okay, I’m a lot stunned. *looks at the sky for the lightning bolt* To keep myself occupied, I’ve been working on the 3rd book in this series and hope to send it to them by today or tomorrow.
****UPDATE**** The first book in the Veil series, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose will be released electronically in May 2011, print in October 2011. The second book in the Veil series, Succubus-in-Waiting will be released electronically in June 2011, in print November 2011. Yay!!!!
Oh! And tomorrow, my soon-to-be publishing house sister, Jillian Chantal, will be by for an author interview giveaway, and Fantasy Man Friday! Be sure to stop by!