Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A contract!

Signing the contract earlier this week

I am so beyond excited to share that I officially have a publishing contract for Polar Night!! In between doing the happy dance all around, I have to keep pinching myself to believe this is real.

I learned about a new publisher called Ink Smith through Hope Clark's Funds For Writers earlier this summer, and sent them a query while I was waiting for word from the other publisher who had requested my full ms. Ashley at Ink Smith replied to me and requested a full ms as well, and last week she got back with me to offer a contract. As of today, it's all official!


Polar Night will be released as both a paperback and an ebook, and my head is already spinning just from getting a message from Ashley about discussing the cover art. Again, time to pinch myself! I'm floored to even have the words "cover art" and my book in the same sentence.

I'm too excited to even think coherently, but I wanted to send out a huge thanks to everyone I have met in the blogosphere. Becoming part of this supportive and fantastic community has been a big help for me to gain the confidence I needed to even attempt to submit anything I wrote for publication.

If someone had told me two years ago at this time that I would have a contract to publish my novel I would have asked them what kind of drugs they were taking. ;) But I've since learned that great things are indeed possible if you just take the leap and try. Becoming part of this community was a big part of finally learning that lesson, so again I am so very grateful to all my blogging buddies!

Now going back to my happy dance! :)

56 comments:

  1. Oh, WOW, that was fast!!! Huge congrats. That is fantastic, Julie. So happy for you. Wooohoo, doing a happy dance!!!



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  2. Oh my goodness! Way to go Julie! :-D

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  3. Joining you in the happy dance (puff puff wheeze!) So please for you. Big smile here. Can't wait to see it in print xoxoxo

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  4. Uber fantastic, Julie! Woot, woot, woot!! I can't wait to read your book. I love the smile on your face.

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  5. Oh my gosh,,,,oh my gosh....oh my gosh.....!!!!! I'm SO happy for you, Julie!! Let's have a party! Wait...where do you live?! :)

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  6. Thank you all so much! I'm still dancing around LOL. Thanks and big hugs to all of you! :)

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  7. woo hoo!!!
    yay! so excited for you!

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  8. WooHooooo! Congratulations. :) I am so excited for you. You can stop pinching yourself now. lol

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  9. You absolutely deserve it with tons of success to follow. Congrats, Julie!

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  10. Congratulations! Sending big hugs your way. You did it!!!

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  11. Thanks Jenny, Tara, Brinda, Susan, and Janel!! I really appreciate it, thanks so much. And Brinda, I finally did stop pinching myself LOL. :)

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  12. CONGRATS, Julie! That is exciting news.

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm doing a (virtual) happy dance for you.

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  14. Congratulations. You know, of course, that now you have to get cracking with the next book!

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  15. Congratulations! Enjoy this feeling, it's one of the best in the world!

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  16. That is awesome!! I am sincerely excited for you.

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  17. WHOO HOO!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read it! :)

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  18. Julie, totally totally wonderful - so happy for you. Enjoy every moment of this incredible ride.
    Karen

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  19. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    I'm so excited for you! Yay!

    I can't wait to get my copy! I'm very happy for you!

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  20. Thank you Susanne, Susan, Derek, Paul, Tonja, Madeline, Karen, and Lisa! You guys all are so great, thanks!

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  21. Wow, Julie congrats! I'm so happy for you. Totally looking forward to reading your book :)

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  22. I saw the news on Twitter, and I was like, hey, I recognize her (and her dog) from the blogs!

    Congratulations!

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  23. @Carrie, Cecilia, Maine, and Annalisa, thank you! And Maine Character, that cracks me up LOL. My dog is becoming well known on the net LOL. :D Thanks again!

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  24. Those pics look mighty fine, Julie! Congrats again on getting the contract and signing it!
    Can’t wait to buy my paperback copy of Polar Night!
    How cool too about discussing the cover art, I’m anxious to see what you guys will come up with. So proud of you! :)

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  25. I TOTALLY know this feeling?! Congratulations big time. Have your feet touched earth yet?

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  26. @Donna, they really haven't! Thanks and congrats again to you too! :)

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  27. WOWZA! I am so excited for you Julie! Since you've always gone out of your way to be supportive, it will be great to cheer you on! Polar Night sounds like a fantastic read, and I know you put your heart and soul into it! Congrats and hope the celebration continues for months to come! Cute photo BTW! Julie

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  28. Congratulations. There's nothing like the feeling of signing a book contract!

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  29. Thank you Julie and Rosalind!! :)

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  30. Hi Julie - I saw this as I was setting off for Cornwall - very quick trip - as I'm back!

    Congratulations - absolutely brilliant .. no wonder you're cock-a-hoop ...

    Just wonderful .. have a lovely weekend .. and I bet Clancy is chuffed!! Cheers Hilary

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  31. Thanks Hilary! LOL, I think Clancy thought I'd lost my mind when I was dancing around, but he joined in anyway. :)

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  32. Congratulations and huge hugs!! Here's to the first of many, many publishing contracts. Much success, my friend!

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  33. Hurray! Congratulations, Julie! Time to break out some champagne!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  34. Thank you Melissa and Nutschell!! I wish I could break out the champagne for everyone LOL. :)

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  35. Hey Julie,

    Delighted to hear the news and very happy for you... so happy that I am going to do a Hulu dance for you... but you *do* not want to see this white man move his hips while wearing a flower lei :)

    Go get 'em girl... the world is your oyster :)

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  36. Oh, this is so exciting! Congratulations, Julie -- you've earned it. I'm thrilled for you!

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  37. Congrats, Julie. Doing the happy dance for you too. Enjoy the journey.

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  38. Hey, I see my book cover over there ==> :)

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  39. @Mark, LOL, no one would want to see me doing a hula dance either LOL. Thanks!!

    @Suze, thank you!

    @JL, thanks! And yes, I've just started with Distraction, it's great!

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  40. That is absolutely fantastic. Congratulations Julie. I'm so thrilled for you. I can imagine how energetic that happy dance is :)

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  41. Thanks so much Rebecca! I really appreciate it! :)

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  42. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    That is so fantastic! Congratulations again. Already talk of the cover art? Swoon. I'm going to live through you until my time comes.

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  43. @Shannon, thanks so much!! And I hope your time will come very soon so we will have more to celebrate, fingers crossed! :)

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  44. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! What a huge accomplishment, Julie. Really. Bravo!

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