I'm holding out my figurative hand and waiting for you to go ahead and let me have it. Go ahead, smack my wrist as hard as I deserve for NOT updating you on how my conference went a good week and a half ago now.
If it's any consolation, it went so well I haven't had a moment to breathe, let alone type much more than status updates about the whole thing. But for those of you who are wondering, I'll try to give the brief version of what went on back in Philly.
I was shocked to go "4 for 4" in my appointments. (Before I explain, let me say, I love the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference for the fact that they give you FOUR appointments with agents, editors, mentors, and the like.) My appointments were with 3 editors and an agent, and lo and behold, all of them asked for my full manuscript. I was flying high.
When my last class ended on Saturday, I had to head home without attending the last general session due to other obligations on my calendar. So what a surprise to learn the next morning, via facebook no less, that one of the editors from my appointments announced she wanted to offer me a contract on the spot, right there at the conference. Shame on me for not being there, but thankfully, this editor must be an understanding soul, because she still contacted me a little later to share her intentions with me, personally and specifically.
And now that puts me in the position to consider my first contract for a novel-length work. Hard to believe, but awesome and true. As if it wasn't exciting enough to have my Windrider saga hitting the world of ebook and print with Diminished Media Group this fall. To add to it a possible deal for Sword of the Patron is just staggering. Talk about a flood of payoff for nearly four years of hard work.
The story of Sword of the Patron's journey is just beginning to unfold. I'm still in the process right now of reviewing details and seeking the advice of those more experienced. But things are in motion in so many ways. I'm holding on for dear life sometimes, but as things careen onward, I'll be sure to fill you in on how they pan out. I hope you'll join me on the adventure.