Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The CALL story!

So, I'd been checking my email fairly regularly since early October when I sent 'Feral' to Jackie Moore, an editor for Breathless Press. (Jackie gave me third place in a 'Pitch Your First Page' contest run by the Let's Talk Romance blog.) After almost four weeks (BP has a two-four week response time for normal submissions, this is EXTREMELY quick!), I contacted Jackie. It turned out she was 'tantalised' by my story but she needed to show it to her senior editor. More waiting. I emailed again, the lovely Jackie informed me it didn't fall into her department, but under her recommendation was passed onto the paranormal senior editor.

As the Christmas buzz settled in, I resigned myself to not hearing about the fate of 'Feral' until after the holiday season. Hey it was okay if they didn't want it, just getting this far was such a huge accomplishment for my first little story. So imagine my surprise when I awoke to an email Christmas Eve morning from Deadra Kreiger, asking if 'Feral' was a one off or part of a series. Umm, whatever you want it to be?! After some toing and froing of emails, I informed Deadra that I would relish the opportunity of making 'Feral' a series.

Nothing. (I know now that it was some ridiculous hour where Deadra lives and she would have gone to bed.)

So I waited, checking my phone for emails almost constantly. Then early evening, whilst sitting in the bathroom while my kids had a bath, I checked my phone again. And there it was "Thank you for choosing Breathless Press as a potential publisher for Feral.OH BUGGER IT'S A REJECTIONWait read a bit more. Blah, blah, blah. "We're pleased to inform you that BP would like to offer a contract." Cue running around the house screaming for joy, my bewildered children sitting in the bath, my lovely husband dropping the dishes he's doing to give me a cuddle and tell me how proud he is of me.

So there you have it! I'll be entering the editing process soon, wish me luck, and THANK YOU Breathless Press for seeing some potential in me and my story!

13 comments:

Karina Buchanan said...

Congrats! I had exactly the same response and my first book is being released with BP on Friday. Yikes!

Mel Jolley said...

Thanks Karina and congratulations! I love your cover and the story sounds great, I look forward to reading it. X M

TracyP said...

Whoop Whoop!!!! That is FANTASTIC!! You are awesome!

Mel Jolley said...

Thanks Tracy, you're not so bad yourself ;)

Juanita Kees said...

Go you good thing!!! I am so proud of you. Well done xxx

Mel Jolley said...

Hey Juanita, thank you and thanks for the fb shout out. so when am I gonna get to return the favour with Taming The Tiger!? Have you finished it? It's still my Fave NV 2011 entry! x m

Morton S Gray said...

Whoo hoo well done - What an exciting Christmas. Hope 2012 is a very successful writing year for you. Mx

Julie-Anne Carter said...

Oh Mel... That is so fab. So, not a surprise after what I read of your New Voice entry! I can't wait to buy it.

Mega congrats

Mel Jolley said...

Morton thanks and congrats again on the New Writers Scheme! Cheers Julie-Anne thanks for your great support! X Mel

Faye/Serenity said...

Congratulations, Mel - that's wonderful news for your first book! I can't wait to see the finished product :) Best of luck for 2012 :)

Mel Jolley said...

Back at you Faye! Thank you for all your wonderful help and guidance, I know I would not have got this far, this quickly without you! X M

Melissa Lockhart said...

Congratulations, Melissa. So proud of you. I hope it goes well. Best of luck!! :)

Amalie said...

Sending you an award. Excited for you and also sort of selfishly wanting to have other aspirant buddies reap inspiration :) Congrats on the sale! http://amalieberlin.blogspot.com/2012/02/7-x-7-blog-award.html