I am excited to announce I received a book deal! I accepted a three-book deal with Hachette/Grand Central Publishing’s Romance imprint Forever Yours line. The expected release schedule for the first book is in the Summer/Fall of 2016!
After three years of pursuing writing, I can say I have a contract! I owe a great thanks to my awesome agent Marisa Corvisiero at the Corvisiero Literary Agency.
This past July, when I went to Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) national conference in New York, I was a nervous wreck. This wasn’t my first conference, but my second so I knew what to expect as a participant. My anxiety came from having a completed and polished manuscript to pitch. The goal of the previous year’s conference was to get my feet wet, learn about the industry, and meet other authors.
This year, I had two appointments scheduled and I hoped to snag a few more the day of the pitches. As a pro member of RWA, I was able to schedule interviews with one agent and one editor. I picked Marisa Corvisiero as my agent and a mid-sized publisher for my editor/publisher.
As I walked into the pitch waiting room for my two o’clock appointment with Marisa, nervous energy buzzed all around. I was relieved that I wasn’t the only one on pins and needles. I saw a few familiar faces, who cheered me on and many other authors who I’d never met. There was no feeling of competition; it was more a sisterhood/brotherhood of anxiety. To steady my disquiet, a few seasoned authors coached me, by making jokes and helping me practice my pitch. Fifteen minutes in their presence had my confidence up and ready to pitch.
However, the calm was short lived. As soon as the coordinators called our time, my trepidation peaked. I stood in line, said a quick prayer, and went for my interview. I walked up to Marisa and introduced myself. I couldn’t help the surprise I felt when I discovered how nice and normal she was. In my mind, I had created this image of an agent as someone intimidating and scary. A bit like a kid seeing the principle with a ruler for the first time.
We spent most of our time in an informal manner, chatting and discussing my book and future projects. When the attendant announced the end of our time, I knew if Marisa agreed to represent me, I had the perfect agent.
I left the meeting excited and as crazy as I am, picked up two more pitch appointments from the available appointments. I have to say I rocked all of them. J It took that first interview to give me the mojo for the rest.
Once the conference was over, I went back to my life as mom, wife, and PTO goddess. I continued to write and hope someone from the conference wanted to represent me or publish my book. Well a month later I received my first offer and a month after that I received my second. Both deals were great but my gut said to wait. I decided to follow up with Marisa and in a week and a half, I became one of her new clients! Then a few weeks later, she brought me a deal with Forever Yours and the rest was history.
Now in the middle of January, I am putting the finishing touches (i.e., edits) on book two of the series and have a release schedule for the book series. I cannot wait to see what this year brings me. One additional thing I am excited about for 2016 is that I can enjoy a writer’s conference without the worry of pitching.