Holy dreams come true, Batman, it's actually happened!
I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M GOING TO BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!!!!!!
Here's the official announcement from Publisher's Marketplace:
Roni Loren's debut EXPOSURE THERAPY, about a therapist who chooses to overcome her own past to help herself and her missing sister while trusting her former lover with her safety and her heart, to Kate Seaver at Berkley Heat, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency (World English).
My first book will come out in early 2012 in trade paperback!
I can't even tell you how I'm feeling except to say that I can't stop smiling (and occasionally breaking into off-key renditions of showtunes).
And to top it off, I'm not just going to be published, but I'm going to be published with BERKLEY HEAT! I seriously heart their books and authors (not to mention their stunning covers.) Check out the rockstar authors and stories they have in their line:
I still can't believe it's really happening. I'm sure it won't set in for a while.
So for those of you who like the journey stats, here you go...
How long I've been writing: Started being serious about it almost two years ago to the day.
Number of novels completed: Three (this one is the third).
Number of blog posts talking/whining/stressing about writing: 342
Contests: Four contests wins/placements (two with second book, two with this one).
Query wise: 10 sent, 2 still pending, 6 form rejections, 2 requests (but one came after Sara offered so didn't send), 1 offer.
Time from offer of representation to sale: exactly two months (Sara absolutely rocks! I'm so, so lucky to have such a fabulous agent.)
How long I've been waiting for this moment: Since 5th grade when I decided this is what I wanted to do.
And thank you to every one of you guys, this journey is so much more fun because I get to share it with such fabulous friends and amazing writers every day!
**Today's Theme Song**
"Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves
(player in sidebar, take a listen)