There were several blog posts that I booked marked with the note “read+often”; the ones about getting that call from your agent. THE call. The call that takes your dream of writing a book to a reality.
My call arrived on February 8. I had been in a strategic planning session all day and the group had just gone on break. Everyone had left the room except for my best work friend, SherrySteckly.
My cell phone rang and I recognized the New York phone number. I knew before I picked it up what was about to happen.
“This is Shari,” I answered with a smile, keeping my cool.
“Hi. This is Andrea… from Harvey Klinger” (as if I didn’t know!)
“Congratulations, you have an offer.”
Everything she said after that was kind of a blur. I tried to focus, I tried to take notes, but my mind was shouting,
“I got a book deal. I got a book deal. I got a FRICKIN book deal”.
After laying out all of the details, Andrea said nicely, “I will email all of this to you”.
I hung up, hugged SherrySteckly and said outloud, “I have a book deal”.
For the rest of the day, I had to refocus on the strategic planning session. We were overviewing our credit card processing systems. It was torturous.
When I pulled out of the office and was driving home, I finally let myself think about it again. I got a book deal. I felt like the day I got my driver’s license. I remember so vividly, being 16 years old and driving down 7th Street, by myself and coming to the clear realization that my life would never be the same. I don’t know whether this book thing will end up good or bad, but I do know for sure, my life will not be the same.
I was soon to learn that I did not actually have a book deal. I had an offer for my book idea. The next few weeks were a flurry of back and forths between potential publishing houses, my agent and me.
Eventually, I signed with Thomas Dunne, an inprint of St. Martin’s Press.
The manuscript is due on July 15. After that, the publishing house decides when it will go to market. My editor (yes, I said my editor) thinks it will probably be published summer of 2009.
I’m now on the hunt for women to interview, time to get away and write, and places to promote the book. If you have advice on any of those three, please let me know!
I’m going to publish a book.