What’s Up, What’s Up?!

Hey y’all!  So, the last time I posted, I wrote that I had submitted my manuscript to my ‘possible’ agent at Page Publishing, and I would know, either way, within 2 weeks.

Well, last Tuesday, my ‘possible’ agent called back.  He actually called me on Monday, but I was bravely shopping at my local Walmart.  Don’t worry, I always wear a surgical face mask and gloves.  My husband was home, so he took the call, but my ‘possible’ agent didn’t say anything except “I’ll call her back”.  When I came home from shopping with my next door neighbor, my husband told me all about it as he came out our front door and crossed the street to meet me with our groceries at our neighbors car.  For the rest of the day, everywhere I went, my phone was on me, waiting for the call back, but he didn’t call back.  However, on Tuesday, the moment the phone rang, I snatched it up.  Low and behold, it was Page Publishing.

My ‘possible’ agent asked me how I was doing; I said I was good.  He asked how I was feeling; again, I said I was good.  Then he said, “I have news regarding your manuscript.”  Now my heart is racing, beating so hard it’s in my throat.

“Are you ready?” My possible agent asked me.

“I’m as ready as I’m going to be.” I replied, and we both laughed.

Without dragging it out any further, my agent accepted my manuscript.  I’M.  GOING.  TO.  BE.  PUBLISHED!  Y’all Didn’t Hear it from Me: A Journal of Life Stories is getting published!  OMG!!!

I am sorry that it took me a week to share my breakthrough news with y’all, but I was waiting until I signed my agreement and communicated with my assigned coordinator before I said anything.  Now that I have my itinerary, it’s real!  I AM A PUBLISHING AUTHOR!

So, what’s next?  The long, patient wait while everything about my book is checked and rechecked, created, developed, and priced.  Now I have to work on writing the Synopsis of my book, my ‘About The Author’ piece, submit any images I want included in my book’s content, and anything else my coordinator may want from me.

As of right now, the journey to writing and completing my manuscript was taxing, but enjoyable.  I feel like the journey to publishing is going to just as taxing, yet enjoyable as writing the physical book was.  Even hearing my coordinator go over all of my information felt remarkable.  It wasn’t just go over my name and author name, it was more when she read my title aloud to verify my work.  To hear someone other than myself or my husband say it, “Y’all Didn’t Hear it From Me: A Journal of Life Stories”, put me on cloud 9.  I know one thing is for sure, the day it all comes together and complete, and I receive my 10 copies in the mail, I’m vlogging the video for y’all to see.  I may cry, because I never saw myself publishing a book, but here I am, doing something extreme I didn’t know I wanted.  Something my family has doubted the possibility of since my great-grandmother, Nanny, published her Christian book of poetry.  She didn’t do anything with it, so it didn’t go anywhere.  She chose not to do anything with it for her own reasons.  I have so many reasons I am doing this.

By the way, what do you think of vlogging?  I’m curious.

Anyway, until next time!  Thanks for reading y’all!

A ‘Possible’ Agent

Hey y’all!  Yeah, I haven’t written, but I’ve been very busy wrapping things up on several ends.

First, my daughter’s in her last few weeks of school, so there’s MAP testing, Interim Assessments, and makeup work to raise a couple of her grades.  It’s a more trying time than normal because she’s not on her behavioral medication, because I’m not taking her out, not even to a routine checkup with her doctor.  I will deal with her ‘tude’ and helicopter her for the remainder of the school year.  I have taken the corona virus quarantine very seriously.

My birthday was last Sunday.  So, yup, I’m another year older, and I spent the entire day doing absolutely nothing.  Hubby and sat on sat on our front porch for most of it because the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  Around mid-morning, I mixed a couple Cape Cod Spritzers for us, and sat on the porch drinking them in.  At lunch, we ate and drank beer.  The only productive thing I did the whole day was talk and laugh with my hubby, and sang and danced with our daughter in the living room.  I also received several birthday wishes from my parents and friends!  It was a fantastic day!

Having said all that, the day before my birthday, I completed my manuscript!  I am so excited!  Now, that being said, I have already been in touch with my ‘possible’ agent, and I swear, I think we spoke over the phone for the better part of an hour.  I was so nervous, but my ‘possible’ agent was excellent.  He calmed my nerves and had me laughing, but the best part about our conversation is that he seemed to get a quick grasp of my personality.  My quirky personality shines all throughout my book, so I actually not nervous anymore about publishing my book.  I am anxious, excited, and eager to get started on the next stage.  The hardest part is over, for now because I’m taking a short, vacation-like break from creating in writing.  I’m going to write down ideas, but I’m not creating any new material.  Only for a short time.

The bottom line as of right now, there’s a 50% chance they won’t accept my work, but there’s a 50% chance they will accept my work.  Monday, when I submit my manuscript to my ‘possible’ agent, he will then give it to one of his people to read and review.  I’ll know one way or the other, ‘will they publish me, will they not publish me’, in 5-7 business days.  So, “Y’all Didn’t Hear It From Me” will be in my ‘possible’ agent’s inbox first thing Monday morning.

If y’all would, please say a pray and send positive vibes my way, for my book. I would love to make this dream a reality.  I would love for y’all to read it after it’s published!  Please, leave your positivity in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and following me y’all. I appreciate and value every one of you.  Positive vibes!