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Who's going to be a published novelist?

That's right:

  I'm going to be a published novelist!!!!

My novel, Storm Chaser, has been accepted by Whiskey Creek Press; I signed the contract and sent it in just yesterday. It'll be available later in e-book form, and also as hard copy.  Their website is here:

The submission editor sent me an e-mail right in the middle of that craptastic weekend that I described earlier, which helps explain why I had trouble wrapping my head around it.  Well, that and the fact that I've been writing fiction for well over three decades, so maybe I'm still in denial about finally selling it.  I'll detail the circumstances later, maybe in another column because, after all, I still have to pay bills with my non-fiction.

How long before you get a chance to see the finished product? Well, the publisher will be contacting me back in about 60-90 days after getting the signed contract, to begin the publishing process. I know enough about the industry to know there'll be requests for edits, final galleys to go through, cover artwork to choose (I don't get a choice in that kind of stuff), and then the real work begins.  I'd guestimate that the grunt work of publicizing and selling will start in the fall, and that's when I'll be asking everyone for their support to jump start my fiction writing career.

Storm Chaser is the story of a disaster photographer from California who comes to northern Indiana, convinced that the local drought will soon be broken by a severe storm. She encounters a police officer who hates photographers, and isn't very fond of Californians, either -- especially this one, who seems to be followed by disasters. Or is she causing them?

Okay, I'm still working on the blurb. I can't begin to thank everyone who's been so supportive of my writing efforts. Now, I'm off to Snoopy Dance ... then back to work selling the next novel.


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Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Yay!! *Party in my eye-socket and everyone's invited*

Congrats, I wish you the best of lucks and I hope all the contract process goes smoothly.

Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Snoopy dancing Xander! Thanks much -- in this case the contract is already signed, so it's the editing process that I hope goes smoothly. I'd always been under the impression that the editing requests came first, but I'm okay with it this way!
(no subject) - strangexgirl - Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
Does Dance of Joy for you.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Nice dance on joy!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Well done! All the hard work finally paid off.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, and -- yeah. LOT of hard work, no wonder I'm exhausted.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Yay! That's great news. Many congratulations :)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Thanks much! That's about as great as great news gets.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)

This is awesomer than awesome. I couldn't be more delighted for you.


Edited at 2010-06-02 09:13 am (UTC)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
We must all geek dance together!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!! [Salaams.]
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and love that icon!
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Now, that's what I call timing! As I understand it, the ebook version will come out first -- and you're my second declared customer! :-)
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
yeah, that *never* works. ;-)
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for you! Congrats. I think you earned it after that weekend you had, right?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
Oh, I would sure think so!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
So ... you're happy?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
AWESOME!!! I'm so excited for you!!!
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! Some people seem even more excited then I am -- although I'm still in that numbness stage! :-)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Hey well done mate.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Still very numb here. And the lesson for you to take away from this is that if I can get a novel published after decades of blood, sweat and tears, you can too. :-)
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
Rock star!

Take it from me -- you're going to savor this. There are moments in your life that are like a multi-sensory diorama in your mind. You'll be able to recall everything. Every sight, every sound, every smell, everything.

Getting accepted for publishing is thrilling. But just wait until you see it in the stores or friends reading it. It's going to blow your mind....
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I still have that numbness thing going, and it might not completely go away and be real to me until I hold an actual copy in my hand. Seriously, I'm having trouble working up a great deal of joy not only because it came in the middle of a really bad weekend, but because some little voice in the back of my head keeps saying, "There has to be some mistake -- it'll all unravel before the first copy is sold". My inner pessimist!

In any case, it certainly has been memorable! I've got plenty of time to jump for joy. :-)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh, Mark! I couldn't be happier or more proud of you! I want to buy a SIGNED copy. I will tell all my friends!

**Snoopy Dances with you**
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I'll start on those hand strengthening exercises and buy a better pen! ;-)

Seriously, I do appreciate you telling your friends: The number of copies sold is actually going to be more important than how much money I get, when it comes to my future novel writing career.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Hooray!!!!! Good for you!
Jun. 3rd, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
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