THE CALL – Robyn Thomas

January 18th, 2012

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.

Robyn

75 Responses to “THE CALL – Robyn Thomas”

  1. That’s so awesome!! I’m so happy for you. And GOD, how scary to find out you almost missed it! Welcome aboard. (psst, I got the all good from Entangled too. Ever After line for me.)

  2. Maisey Yates says:

    Robyn, I’m SO incredibly happy for you. I feel so invested, because I feel like I’ve been on the journey with you. Absolutely deserved. May this be the first of many, many, many more to come!

  3. Sri says:

    Congratulations, Robyn!! This is such wonderful news…can’t wait to read your book…

  4. Robyn – I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you!!! This is just the best thing that can happen to an aspiring writer. You MADE it and I can’t wait to read your book!! xox

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hey Rach, it IS the best thing! And I know that you know that ;-) I’m just thrilled to be have such amazing women to share this with!

  5. Congratulations, Robyn – may this be the first success among many!

  6. Megan Mulry says:

    Huge congratulations! I love the “call” stories. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lacey Devlin says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Robyn!! I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to read your debut.

  8. Robyn,

    I am so thrilled for you and proud of you for your persistence. I loooooove the picture!

    Love and hugs,

    Abbi :-)

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Abbi, I never would’ve got here without the love and support of my sisters! Thanks re the pic. My poor hubby had to snap 50 shots to get one half decent one.

      *I can’t wait to celebrate with you. I admire your persistence too!

  9. Scarlet Wilson says:

    Huge congratulations Robyn! There are going to be some fabulous stories over at Entangled…xx

  10. Nina says:

    Robyn
    Congratulations.
    Its truly inspiring to have followed your path here and to now read your call story!
    Very well done and enjoy celebrating – you definitely deserve it!
    Nina x

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hey Nina, it’s lovely to see you here :-) *hands over a glass of pretty bubbles so you can join the celebrations.

  11. Alexandra Fiennes says:

    Congratulations!

  12. Robyn!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    This is THE best sort of news, you’ve brightened my rainy morning no end.
    Am over the moon for you, you were the first person to encourage me way back when, i’ll never forget it. Hope you’ve been on the bubbly, girl!
    Lovely, lovely news – and fab to ‘see’ you, too!
    xx

  13. Aideen says:

    Not just fabulous but funny too, and that’s just your call story! Robyn, you truly are a gifted writer and I could not be happier for you. You deserve this and more and then some more and I’m thrilled to bits to be along for the journey with you. I’m thinking that Entangled have some very smart editors onboard. Wishing you all the best on your shiny new career path,

    Aideen.

    P.S. Congratulations to Taryn too! May this be the first of many sales for you.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Aideen, I’m always happy to goof something up if it’ll make you laugh! I can’t imagine this moment without my sisters, and I’m thrilled that you’re here. Who knew that the journey, with the right people, could be the most important part?

  14. Catherine Coles says:

    So happy for you, Robyn! The rest of the Minxes have also been jumping up and down with excitement waiting for an announcement as we frantically tried to guess who had the call!!

    Entangled are a great publisher and you must be so proud!!

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Sorry to make you frantic, Catherine! It’s just me. But I completely understand the speculation. Like all of the Minxes, the Sassy Sisters are a talented bunch. Anyone could’ve been next :-)

      And yeah, I’m very proud. I can’t help it.

  15. Jo Gilliver says:

    Congratulations, Robyn. I got anxious just reading your story – I can only imagine what you felt like when you found the email! Good luck with it all.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Thanks Jo. I may have started my initial email (to the Sisters) with something rather out of character. I do know they responded awfully quickly based on the first few words ;-)

  16. Ruthie says:

    Congrats! So excited for you. I’m doing some editing for Indulgence — perhaps we’ll work together sometime!

  17. Leah Ashton says:

    Congratulations, Robyn, what wonderful news!!!! Can’t wait to read your book, Entangled seem like a really exciting new publisher.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Thanks Leah. Entangled are an exciting publisher! (especially for me… I went several days without sleep due to the level of excitement ;-) )

  18. Tina Vaughn says:

    Robyn:
    I’m so thrilled! I knew publication would happen for you… it was only a matter of when. Great job! I can’t wait to read your novel. : )

  19. Congratulations, Robyn! This is fabulous news. I’ve heard wonderful things about Entangled!

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hey Wendy, I can’t speak highly enough of Entangled. It’s so much better than the ‘dream of publication’ I had going in my head.

  20. Aimee Carson says:

    Congrats, Robyn!!!! WTG, YOU!!! So happy for you!

  21. Congratulations Robyn-who-used-to-be-Chelsea (my daughter’s name)!

    I LOVED your call story. I could just picture the panic and the meltdown when nothing worked. LOL

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Anne. Meltdown is the perfect description of what went on! I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone, ever!

      And I’m not abandoning Chelsea. (great choice of name for your daughter!) I think there’s every chance I’ll write as both Robyn and Chelsea – different names for different heat levels ;-)

  22. Caroline says:

    Ohhh HUGH congratulations Robyn – but what a ride! Your blood pressure must have been stratospheric! Caroline x

  23. Oh Robyn, I’m still big grinning for you here! Sorry I’m late to the party- curse that Day Job and the time difference!

    So glad you’ve found a wonderful editor who loves your voice. You’re such an amazing writer with so many stories to tell, and I know how hard you worked to get here.

    And only you could have that sort of Call story. I loved how you started that email- certainly got the attention!

    Love that photo too, Matt did a great job and it’s not surprising that beautiful smile of yours is on high beam.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Autumn! I LOVE that you’re big grinning, (and yes, my idiot grin is still firmly in place too.)

      I’ve been so, so lucky to find the right home for my voice, and I can’t even tell you how much I want that for ALL of my sisters! But you know what? I had it made being ‘a Sassy Sister.’ Publication is just the icing on the cake! (but what GREAT icing it is!)

  24. [...] gotta read this Call story! Only Robyn would nearly miss her own Call [...]

  25. Wheeee! So exciting!! Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Julia! It’s nice to see you, and hear that excitement in your voice :-) I hope to be able to celebrate your call sometime, hopefully soon!

  26. Jilly says:

    Robyn, I’ve been grinning for two days solid and show know signs of stopping anytime soon :-)

    And hey, why should I? This has got to be the best thing that’s happened since Autumn sent her gardener over to personally check out my bush. (And just to avoid any unfortunate misunderstandings, if you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about then please check out the previous post).

    All of us knew it was only a matter of time and I feel privileged and proud to have been a small part of your journey. You’re one of the most talented writers I know and, perhaps more importantly, one of the kindest and lovliest people. You so deserve the success that is coming your way.

    And can I say in the midst of all this you’ve managed to make me feel just a little less inadequate. When it comes to anything cyber and technical, I’d always believed it was only me who got an attack of the dreaded heebie-jeebies ….

    Well done, girll! You ROCK!!!!

    Jilly x

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Jilly, I was getting a bit teary there for a minute when I was replying to Autumn, but you’ve made me laugh. Yay for that gardener! Any chance you might hire him on permanently as a member of your staff?

      And it’s been MY privilege to be able to share my writing journey with you, and every single one of the Sisters. I still can’t believe how lucky we were to all meet up when we did, and stay together through all the crazy twists and incredible highs and bitter disappointments. I love how success for one of us is success for all of us, and I’m glad we’re celebrating right now!

  27. Congrats!!!! A little birdy named Maisey told me that you had sold to Indulgence as well! it is the week for the wonderful “Robin/Robyns” to shout it out!

    So glad to be one of your Indulgence sisters!

    (the other) Robin

  28. Doreen Sullivan says:

    Robyn,

    Absolutely brilliant news, and congratulations a thousand times over. Plus thanks for the wry call story. 957 emails? Resulting in no rejections but a wonderful acceptance? So pleased for you.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Doreen. It’s wonderful to catch up with you, here. I’ve brought everything I learned at our RoT group forward with me, and I’m grateful to have had such a safe and friendly place to find my feet. I still look at my watch sometimes on a Saturday afternoon and wonder if there’s a meeting on! And raise my coffee in a silent toast :-)

  29. Jackie Ashenden says:

    Finally managed to comment from here in my campground! But Robyn… where to start? You’re an inspiration. A fabulous writer. A wonderfully supportive CP. And just a super lady all round. I couldn’t be happier for you. You so deserve this and I hope you savour every single second of it. Hoo sends love and so do I! :-)

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hey Jackie, I’m so glad you’re here! It wouldn’t be the same without you. And you’ve inspired me too, so much. I’m so excited that your pitch was chosen… I would love to have a Sassy Sister (the more the better, and in addition to Robin, my Indulgence sister!) at Entangled. Congratulations, and it goes without saying that I have everything crossed for you ;-)

  30. Congratualations Robyn. That is definitely a call story that stands out from all the others that I’ve heard. I wish you all the very best for what will be, no doubt, the start of a very long and successful writing career.

    Here’s cheers lovely.

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Thanks Elissa. My incompetence knows no bounds, but I try to confine it to just a few specific areas (such as technology ;-) )

      *offers glass of bubbly and clinks edge. Cheers!

  31. Victoria Parker says:

    OMG, OMG, OMG! Am I too late? Well, better late than never I say and a little birdy told me your wonderful news and I just had to fly over here and say I am totally utterly superifically chuffed for you, Robin! Honestly, I knew your time would come and not a minute too soon IMHO. I wish you all the very best for what I know will be the start of a wonderful career. I can’t wait to read your Entangled debut…
    Victoria x
    PS Is it Robin sweet or Chelsea sexy? Do tell…

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Victoria, you’re not late at all. It’s lovely to see you!

      And it WAS a Robyn sweet, but it’s soon going to get an “upgrade” to suit Indulgence. The tone is very gentle in this particular one, although I do have plenty of varied options for my next submission ;-) I must put my thinking cap on… will as soon as I can find it!

  32. Nancy says:

    Congratulations! Wow, what a story. Did you feel like you were on a bit of a roller coaster ride? So, happy you did not miss the window of opportunity!

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Nancy, it did feel like a rollercoaster ride. A psychotic one! But that window of opportunity waiting at the end made all the difference :-)

  33. Congratulations, Robyn! That’s fantastic! Will be checking in to see when you’re release date is, and buying it!!!
    Woo!

    • Robyn Thomas says:

      Hi Sally,

      thanks so much for the congrats! I’ll scream details of a release date etc from the rooftops as soon as I know ;-)

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