See that picture of Lucy? That's pretty much what I looked like after receiving a phone call this weekend.
Yes, I have a bit of news to share. Something happened on Saturday that pretty much blew my socks off and is the cause of the black and blue marks on my arm from pinching myself to be sure I wasn't dreaming. The surprise I got this weekend is the reason I have been hovering somewhere between the carpet and ceiling for the past two days.
There really is only one piece of news that would cause all of this. Have you guessed yet? Of course you have. But just to confirm what you already know, I'll say it.
I WILL SOON BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
On Saturday afternoon my agent, Terry Burns, called me from the Write to Publish conference in Chicago. I have to admit, as soon as I heard his voice, my heart rate increased and my insides started quivering. I'm used to exchanging emails, but agents don't normally call unless...well, I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I played it casual.
"Hey, Terry, how are you?" I asked, wiping the sweat from my brow and trying to refrain from screaming in his ear.
Terry wasted no time in getting to the point.
Oak Tara Publishers has offered me a contract for my novel, Mind over Madi!
After some squealing and gushing (by me), Terry handed the phone over to recently contracted author Pam Meyers, also Terry's client, who was there with him to share the news.
Seriously, you guys. I was in shock. Of course I've been hoping and praying for this to happen, but it truly blew me off my feet.
The contract has been signed, sealed, and mailed to Oak Tara. (Breathe...)
I want to take a moment to high-five my agent for working so hard on my behalf, and thank you guys for coming along with me on my track to novel publication. It's not over yet. In fact, the real work is just beginning. I look forward to sharing it with you.
God's timing, as always, is perfect. I owe Him everything.