Monday, September 19, 2011

My big (PUBLISHING) news!

In 2007, via a miss-guided FedEx package, God nudged me to pick up writing again. (Thanks again, Michael Snyder and Zondervan, for that address mistake!)

In usual Krista fashion, I jumped in with both feet. I wrote late into the night and on my lunch breaks, I joined writer's groups, I went to writer's conferences, I entered contests, I queried agents.

As I announced a few months ago, I finally landed my "dream" agent, the uber cool and wonderful Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary.

What I purposely left out in that announcement was "how" I got my agent. Every writer dreams of telling their story about getting "the call." But mine, I had to be vague.

Why, you ask?

Let me back up and tell you the REAL story!

I'd originally queried Rachelle back in Spring of 2009. We'd e-mailed back and forth some, and she'd requested my full manuscript. But then Annabelle was born, and Rachelle was swamped, and neither of us ever followed up.

Fast forward to January 2011. I got an e-mail from an editor of a publishing house (who I knew through a local writer's group I was involved in) and she asked me to call her.

Long story short, she wanted to look at one of my books. I sent her my 2nd completed novel (different than the one I'd sent the agent the year before.)

And in June, just a few days after Annabelle was able to come home from the hospital after her most recent heart surgery, I got a phone call from her offering to publish my book.

I about fell on the floor. Only I was in the car, so that wasn't possible. Instead, I called my husband and screamed really loud.

But what's a writer to do? I'd NEVER imagined getting a publishing contract WITHOUT an agent. I am NO expert in contracts, and I really had my heart set on having an agent to guide me through this crazy career that is publishing.

So I got up the courage to e-mail the only agent I had an outstanding manuscript with, that was now a year and a half old and on a completely separate book. Would she even remember me by now? And what if my e-mail got lost in the bajillions of e-mails she gets everyday?

Before my nerves could convince me otherwise, I sent the e-mail. And waited... and no response. Granted, I didn't wait long, but I knew in my heart that my e-mail was sitting in la-la-very-busy-inbox land.

Now, what had Rachelle said on her blog to do when you have a contract that you haven't signed but want represented by an agent?

Use your networking contacts, that's what! So, I e-mailed my two WONDERFUL writer friends and clients of Rachelle (waiving to Katie and Jody) and asked for advice.

I promptly received squealing e-mails back, offering to e-mail Rachelle for me to help lift my e-mail out of the masses.

Less than an hour later, I was on the phone discussing agent representation with my dream agent!

And now, with the help of my sweet, wonderful, AWESOME agent and my friend and now editor, Ramona Richards, as of Thursday when I signed my book contract and mailed it... I can officially announce...

In fall 2012, my debut novel will be published by Abingdon Press!

Holy Cow. It's weird to type that!

I am so excited I could literally burst. God is SO good. I've prayed for a very long time for HIS will to be done with my writing, while I held on to the little hope that maybe, just maybe, his will would be this.

And God's timing is perfect as well. I look back and smile, because I see God's handprint on each and every date.

And yes, it is a tradition. When you sign your first contract, you take pictures and post with your big news!

My hubby and I got kinda silly. Knowing that I am probably humiliating myself, I am posting them anyway.

By the way, I write humorous inspirational contemporary romance. I try to look the part...

Reading the fine print to make sure I know what I'm getting into!




Taking break from the boring fine print



Overwhelmed by the fine print...
The fine print has officially made me crazy...



Bored by the fine print...


But wait... fine print is why I got an agent! She already read it!
Yeah! Signing my first publishing contract!

59 comments:

Katie Ganshert said...

So so so so so so so so so excited for you Krista!!! It was so much fun to be able to celebrate with you that day! Can't wait to get my hands on your book!

Jessica R. Patch said...

WOOHOO!!!! This is great news! Celebrating with you today! Congratulations!! :) Love those pics!

Lis said...

He he he at your pictures! HUGE Congrats to you Krista!!! That's freakin awesome girl! :)

Sherrinda said...

Bahahahaha! You are so funny!

I am sooooo thrilled for you, Krista! You are so deserving and I am so proud of you! The first Alley Cat getting published!!!!!! You rock!

Christa Allan said...

It always amazes me when the things we want might not arrive in the packages we expect.

Congrats on your contract, and welcome to the Abingdon crew.

Deborah Raney said...

I can't think of better news to start my Monday morning! Huge congrats, Krista! Woohoo! (And the photos are priceless!)

Heather Sunseri said...

Congratulations, Krista!!! That is amazing news!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You soooo deserve this.
What a great thing to read on a Monday morning.

Write on!! :)

You are too young to remember that slang from the 70's "Right on!!"

My feeble attempt at being humorous!

Praying without ceasing too!

Linda

katswhiskers said...

Love your post. Love your news. Love your genre. Love the backstory. Can't wait to get the chance to love THE BOOK. Congratulations!

Brooke said...

Fantastic news!! So excited for you!! Can't wait to read your book when it comes out!! Congratulations!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Love the medley of pictures and love the GOOD NEWS!

Way to go, Krista!
~ Wendy

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations Krista! I am so excited for you! Thanks so much for sharing more about your journey. :)
Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news!

Danna said...

Oh my goodness Krista!!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so excited for you! I love the pictures :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yippee Dippee for you and God and Rachelle and everyone else who make up this team of dream-come-true!!! So happy for you, sweetie!!!

Jessica said...

thats sooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is goood!!!!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wahoo!!! I can finally burst out in singing and not have to hide it under a bushel...er, something. :)

I'm so, so excited for you and wow...in a year I'll be holding your book in my hands. How cool is that?!

Love the pictures and love that I get to celebrate with you today. :)

Lacie Nezbeth said...

Fun post, fun pictures, GREAT news! Congratulations!!!

Melanie Dickerson said...

WOW!!! This is SO COOL, Krista!!! I'm so happy for you! WOWEE WOW WOW!

lynnrush said...

Congrats. How exciting!!!! :)

Gina Conroy said...

HUGE congrats to you!!! So very excited!

Stephanie said...

CONGRATS!! The pics are awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing those!! :)

Valerie Comer said...

CONGRATS!!! As someone who has critted for you a couple of times in years gone by, I can hardly wait to see and read this book with YOUR NAME on the cover. WOOT!!!!

momto4n4 said...

Awesome news! Congratulations!!!

Shirlee McCoy said...

Congratulations!

Beth K. Vogt said...

Congratulations, Krista!! So happy for you! And I enjoyed every single one of those photos.

Erica Vetsch said...

WOOHOO! Congratulations! Wonderful news!!!

Cynthia Herron said...

Krista, I just jumped over from Sarah F's blog! Conratulations! I have been praying for little Annabelle for quite some time. Many blessings to you and your family!

Keli Gwyn said...

Mega congratulations!!!

I'm doing an energetic happy dance for you, Krista, the kind that sends my cats running for cover.

Loved the pics.

Chazley Dotson said...

Congratulations! That's so terrific! And what an amazing story of how it happened -- I think that's even better than a regular old publishing story. Yours has suspense!

Jeanne T said...

Krista, I'm soooo happy for you! Tears of joy are in my eyes for you. I look forward to reading your book. Congratulations! Loved your pictures. :)

Angela Bell said...

Congrats, Krista! I am soooo happy for you!!!! :-)

Christina said...

YAY Congrats Krista!!!!

Linda Kage said...

Wow, congrats on your story. That is SOOOOO exciting!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Congrats to you! You've had an unbelievable year. And now you're home with your baby and writing.

Here's to a fab release from a fellow 2012 debut!

Christine said...

Thank you for sharing your amazing story!! Love your outlook and your fabulous heart! May all good things come to you!!

Holly Rutchik said...

AHHH! The Lord is good ALLLLL the time. But, you needed a little showering, and HE provided. I am so happy for you for so many reasons right now!

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh Krista!!! This is wonderful news!!!!! I saw on Twitter something about you and had to come follow up!! SO HAPPY!!!!!

Riete said...

This is such great news! I can't wait to see it on Amazon (or whatever online shop) so I can order it here too!
And those photos are awesome *laugh*

Anonymous said...

Congrats Krista!!! So excited for your family to have such fun, wonderful, uplifting news :) Continue to send prayers Annabelle and your families way!

Kelli
From Nebraska

Jodie said...

Positively amazing news, Krista! I am so excited for you! Congrats!!!!

Tammi T. said...

Woo Hoo! You go girl! Such AWESOME news!!!! I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to read your book.

Anonymous said...

Krista...WOW, you soooooo deserve this. Congratulations to you! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I cannot wait to read your book.

You are a beautiful person on the inside and out!!!!

:)Shannon

Casey said...

I'M GRINNING LIKE A FOOL FROM MY HOTEL IN WYOMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Krista, can I saw one more time how THRILLED I am to know you?? Now I can say I knew you way back when. ;-)

Lisa Jordan said...

Oh my goodness!!! SOOO super happy for you, Krista!! I look forward to reading your book!!

T Denise Clary said...

Hi Krista!

Love your publishing story...sooooo inspiring!! God is good!!!!!!!!!!!!

God Bless,
T Denise Clary :-)
www.tdeniseclarybooks.blogspot.com

Rachel Wilder said...

I am so excited for you, Krista!!!! And I can't wait to read it. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Sarah Thomas said...

Krista- I just followed you over from Rachelle's blog. Congratulations all around!

I was particularly interested to read, though, about Annabelle andher HLHS. I have a friend with a little boy born with HLHS--he's now in second grade!! I know you get to hear a lot of sad stories and I wanted you to know we have a happy one! Yes, he will likely need a transplant one day, but in the meantime he's an amazing, happy, busy little boy with an extended family that cheers him on daily. Bless you as you go through the challenges ahead.

Gwen Stewart said...

This is wonderful news, Krista! Congratulations...God is so good, indeed!

Marla Taviano said...

Congratulations, Krista!! What a year, huh??

MaryC said...

Wow, Krista! I missed this yesterday so belated CONGRATULATIONS!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh my gosh, WOW! CONGRATULATIONS! I didn't realize you had an agent, either. I miss so much sometimes. I'm so happy for you!

Christin said...

That is SO cool Krista!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read your book!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU SO DESERVE THIS!~ You are the poster child for trusting God's timing!!

Anonymous said...

Valerie's Mom here... Congratulations on your book! I can't wait for the Monday blog when you reveal the title! I've been following your blog since I met you and your wonderful family at Valerie's in KY. You bless MY life!

Missy Tippens said...

Congratulations!!! So thrilled for you! :)

PatriciaW said...

Congratulations, Krista!

Janet Dean said...

Congratulations, Krista!!!! Very happy for you.

Aimee L. Salter said...

That's just adorable. Congratulations, and I'll be praying for Annabelle!