Monday, November 29, 2010

Celebrating my Book Deal!

I have so much to be thankful for and could hardly wait to share the great news with you! 

I've been offered a book deal for my novel,
The Shadow Catcher's Daughter!

Although I did make an announcement on facebook, I wanted to wait a bit to post any of the details until after I talked to my new literary agent, Chip MacGregor. My historical romance novel will be published by Barbour's Heartsong Presents and is set to release in January 2012. Although that's still over a year away, the timing is perfect due to the relevance to the book's theme which I'll share more about in the future. I've been blessed to partner on this project with Darlene Franklin and Susan Page Davis. Each of us have written a book for this three book collection, tentatively titled "Love in Four Corners".

It's taken many years of perseverance and prayer, writing and learning craft of writing as well as about the publishing industry. So, when I received the email that I was promised a contract it was surreal. I'd always wondered how I'd respond to such news. Would I jump for joy, dance around my living room, fall on my knees? I probably did all of that, but what I did the most was cry. I'm one of those stoic New Englanders and tears don't flow easily for me, although I'm very sentimental at heart. The tears just wouldn't stop flowing from the late afternoon until I went to sleep that night. I guess it was all the pent up hopes and dreams, finally releasing. I was also still freshly grieving the passing of my Step-dad (who gave much research advice as I wrote the book) so emotion was right there waiting for the floodgates to burst. So cleansing and wonderful. . .happy tears.

I'm so blessed and honored to finally have this opportunity and am thrilled to be able to share it with you all who have encouraged and prayed for me along the way!

38 comments :

  1. Congratulations! This is blessed news. I'm always so happy to see someone "get the call" or "get the email." Another success for the Kingdom! Hooray and praise God!

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  2. I am so amazingly happy for you. My mom and I will buy all three books, so let me know if you start taking prepublication orders. :D

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  3. Congratulations, Carla! What wonderful news; I'm excited for you:)

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  4. Congratulations to you, Carla!! What wonderful, timely news! Definitely something to be thankful for! I look forward to hearing more about your up-coming novel! God bless! :)

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  5. Oh I am so very happy for your Carla!! This is wonderful news:)) Blessings!

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  6. I'm soooo happy for you Carla. And I love the four corners area (thanks to Tony Hillerman and the Adopt-A-Native-Elder program). Can't wait to read your story!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!! Jumping up and down for you, Carla!

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  8. Carla, God's timing is perfect! I love your book idea, your heart for Him, and your ministry expanding into a whole new arena! Now maybe we'll meet up at a writer's conference in future. Then my JOY will be complete:) Will continue to pray for you, dear friend!!!

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  9. Congratulations! Wonderful news!

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  10. A great early Christmas present for you! Well, it's more than that but what a gift! So happy for you.

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  11. Just came over from Laura's blog, and I wanted to say congratulations!! I will definitely be looking for your book, Carla.

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  12. Woohoo! Congratulations! That is awesome and I'm happy dancing with you!

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  13. Such cool news, Carla! Congratulations.

    ~ Wendy

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  14. Thank you all soooo very much! You mean so much to me and it means a lot that you are rejoicing with me.

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  15. Hi Carla -

    Woohoo! I'm so happy for you!

    I can't wait to hear about your experiences as you move toward your publication date.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  16. Congratulations, Carla!! How exciting! I can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed by having a dream come true! After working and planning for so long, it's really an emotional moment! Enjoy!

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  17. "CONGRATULATIONS," my sweet cousin!! I am so very
    happy for you! Lots of prayers answered and happy hearts for you! Can't wait to read them!! Love you!

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  18. Congratulations, Carla! That's fabulous news! And I love your "persevere" Scrabble thingie - so true!!!

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  19. Carla,
    Congratulations!! (But that just doesn't seem to say enough!) Very happy for you!
    Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name!
    Wendy
    Faith's Firm Foundation

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  20. What wonderful news, Carla! I'm happy dancing on your behalf. =)

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  21. Congratulations!!!! That is amazing, Carla! Truly a dream come true. I'm smiling big for you. :)

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  22. This is the first time I've had a chance to actually get here and comment on your blog. Congratulations! I'm so excited for your news. Can't wait to hear more :)

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  23. Thanks everyone for stopping by and all your well wishes! It's nice to see you here Michelle and Cindy! Welcome!

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  24. Congrats! I'm sorry I didn't see this announcement sooner. I've been out of the loop!!

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  25. So happy for you and congrats!!! :O)

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  26. Congratulations! I am delighted to read about your good news.

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  27. Congratulations Carla!! The blessing of the Lord make rich and adds no sorrow with it. Absolutely happy for you!!!

    Vickie

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  28. Woo-hoo! I am so happy this came to fruition for all of us, but especially for you!

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  29. And double congrats on Chip becoming your agent! I hadn't heard that bit of news.

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  30. So blessed to work with you on this project Darlene! Great news for all of us!

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  31. Congrats, Carla! I'm now a follower too!

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  32. Congratulations Carla! I'm soooooo happy for you and this great news! Please visit my blog today and find out about the love letter sent to all of us!

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  33. I'm so excited for you! Can you tell us a little more about what the book is about?

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe

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