This is one of those posts that I’m sure every writer ponders. For me, before I even contacted any publishers and agents for my book, I had it clear in my head how I wanted such a post to go down. But now that I’m sitting here, staring at the screen, it’s not rolling out so easily. Might have to do with the thousands of things churning in my head right now. But where to begin.
Cloaked in Fur was a work in progress for me that lasted a few years. I learnt a lot of things about writing along the way. Comparing the original draft to the final product amazes me because they might as well be two different books. It went through several re-drafts and re-writes with the help of my wonderful CPs and an editor who showed interest in the book.
Fast forward to a few of months ago, and I was submitting Cloaked in Fur to agents and publishers. A handful of full and partial requests came in, which was great, but in the end either they weren’t interested or never came back to me. That was fine. So, I kept working on the story, fine-tuning it. I can truly say I love this story. The characters have been with me a long time, and they wanted their story told. So, I submitted to several new publishers, including Crimson Romance, an eBook romance imprint from F+W Media, Inc., launched in June 2012. What attracted me to them was their focus on romance across different genres, including Paranormal and Suspense.
The editor came back to me the next day asking for a full. Just over a week later, Crimson Romance made me an offer. When I finished doing my ‘happy-wiggle’ dance, and running downstairs to tell my husband in a very excited voice the amazing news, I considered my options. Three agents still had my partial / full, so I contacted them.
All the agents responded pretty quickly, but it was Gina Panettieri’s enthusiasm and professionalism that had me jumping for joy. Within a few days of emails back and forth, she agreed to represent me and jumped right into negotiating my contract with Crimson Romance. That’s when I knew she was the right agent for me. I think reality really hit when I received her physical contract and signed it. That’s when it sunk in that not only did I have an awesome agent on my side, but I was about to publish and share with everyone the story I’d worked so hard on.
Leading up to getting published and representation can sometimes be frustrating and the waiting is agonizing, but once things started to roll, they happened pretty quickly. And I couldn’t be happier:)
I have no idea what the future holds, but what I do know is that making my dreams a reality means a lot more work coming my way. Lucky for me I have a great group of CPs and writing friends who will be there for me. And you know, that makes the future less scary.