The Call – the notification an author receives when a publisher wants to publish their book.
Since I started writing, I always dreamed about getting “the call.” I would go to meetings and listen to published writers tell their stories and dream of one day getting it myself.
Seven years ago I began a book called Creatures of the Moon. Another night of dishes, dinner, laundry and various other “emergencies” had me ready to explode. The image of a mother “wolfing out” sprang to mind. After playing around with the image, a story evolved. It follows the romance of a female detective who is bitten by a werewolf and the sexy male reporter that helps her through the transformation, they then team up and stop the bad guy.
I joined a writers group and realized that most of my preconceptions of writing and publishing were wrong. So I wrote, revised and learned. After finishing my first draft, I celebrated. Then I realized the revisions I would have complete before I dared put it before someone in the publishing world. After a while with no takers I set it aside and wrote another book.
The whole while I didn’t let that first book go. Over the years, I’ve grown as a writer. I’ve gotten better at crafting a story and learned about the business of publishing.
One day I got a notification that Adams Media was launching a romance imprint called Crimson Romance. I pulled out Creatures of the Moon and submitted it. Why not, right?
Forty days later, I got the e-mail. In my case it wasn’t a call. Good thing too, because if it were a call I would not have been able to talk coherently for a full two minutes. At least I could read and reread the e-mail. To myself, my husband, my kids, my parents, you get the idea. Then, of course, there was the hooting, squealing and dancing.
Just like finishing the book, it’s a momentous occasion. Just like finishing the book, it starts a whole new world of growth and learning.
The call – the start of a new adventure.