About a month ago I received a call, known among the publishing industry as THE call, from my agent Terry Burns. The conversation started out like this:
Terry: Hi, Pam, how are you?
Me: Fine. How are you?
All the while I’m thinking that he never calls for casual conversations, especially when he’s at a conference, so why is he calling me in the middle of the morning? The conversation continued.
Terry: “She wants the book!!!”
Me: “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Are you serious?”
Terry: “Yes. She wants it.”
Me: (sniffling and wiping my nose) “I am so amazed.”
He then turned the phone over to Bonnie Calhoun, one of my crit partners who is also a client of his. She was at the conference and insisted she be with him when he called me. She screamed with me again and gave me my first congratulations.
|Ramona Tucker, my editor & me signing the contract!|
Then, outside of my closest friends, I could not tell the news until the contract was signed. I had to wait a few more weeks until last Saturday. Both Terry and the editor, Ramona Tucker, were at the Write to Publish Conference a short drive away from me. I drove there for lunch and after we ate, Ramona handed me my contract. Terry took our picture and now I can announce that my book, “Thyme for Love” has been contracted with Oak Tara Publishing. Release date to be announced later. I have not yet come down from the cloud I’m floating on.
But it’s true! I’m sitting here with a copy of the signed contract in front of me along with a to-do list to get everything ready to roll on production later this summer or fall.
I give God all the glory for this. I’ve been writing for a long time and had some close calls, but never THE phone call I wanted. But God knows what is best for us, and His timing is perfect all the time. At the right time He allowed all the pieces to fall into place.
I’ll keep everyone posted as to the release date. What fun. As ACFW’s New Release Coordinator, I’ll get to announce my own book!