IT. FINALLY. HAPPENED! *squeeee!
You probably know me as Chelsea, but I’ve decided to put MY name – Robyn Thomas – on what is sure to be a gorgeous cover from Entangled Publishing. As my husband so rightly says… why would you do all that work and let somebody else take the credit? Wise man my hubby!
So… the call. You’ll never guess how it happened.
I’ve noticed the odd glitch in my email program of late. Nothing serious, or so I thought. But I missed a rejection on a Valentine’s Day novella for Entangled. I discovered it, rather embarrassingly, by following up with the editor. Then, of course, I had to know where it had disappeared to. And what else was with it! More rejections, no doubt, but it’s always better to know than to wait and hope pointlessly.
I found 957 emails (count them!) on my laptop, most of which I had read, but some that I hadn’t. No rejections amongst them, not a one! But GUESS what I found? An offer to be a part of Lori Wilde’s Indulgence line at Entangled. Wow! Amazing news, and cause for celebration… except… well, despite refreshing my emails every five minutes for months, the offer had been sitting there in obscurity for WEEKS! Had I blown it before I even got started? How could anyone be THAT stupid? How could I be that stupid?
Panic ensued, let me tell you. Thank heavens for my sassy sisters because I was (to put it mildly) not at my best. Not only had I not replied, I COULDN’T reply. I seriously could not get an email to go through, or work out why not. And the more stressed I got, the less likely I was to follow all the brilliant instructions and suggestions flying in from my sisters!
I even tried to call the editor, but I naturally used a US country code before the phone number I had, and since it needed to be Canadian, Optus regretted to inform me that they couldn’t connect my call. So… there I was, no longer able to work a desktop computer, a laptop, or a phone. Down from the rejection in the morning, psyched from the call email of the afternoon, and surrounded by ever-so-helpful boys on school holidays. All else had failed so I was left to do the thing I always do, that thing that’s so automatic now it goes without saying… keep trying!
And it worked! I contacted the acquiring editor who assured me the offer hadn’t expired. She has been incredibly welcoming and supportive, and we have a plan to proceed forward with. I honestly could not be any happier!
I wish this moment (preferably without all the manic kerfuffle) for every unpublished writer who is willing to stick at their craft and pursue their dream of being a published author! Never give up, and you WILL get there.