Saturday, January 02, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - The Call with Rachel Bailey!
Thanks so much for inviting me onto the Pink Heart Society to tell my call story! I’ve loved this site since its inception and am so excited to be here talking about my own sale.
When I was ready, I queried an agent, Jenn Schober from Spencerhill. She represented some great Desire authors so I knew she’d have the contacts to introduce Damon and Lily to their potential new home. Fortunately, she liked them, took me on and then sent them on a trip to New York to meet Diana Ventimiglia. For company, she also sent three chapters of another story, about Nico and Beth, with them. They all sat in the waiting room at Desire for a few months while things changed a little at the line, and then Diana read Damon and Lily and sent them up to the then senior editor to read.
Then Jenn emailed me to say they wanted to buy the manuscript, and lots of lovely things, including that they want to pay me actual money for it, and that they want to release Damon and Lily into the world in early 2010. They also liked Nico and Beth too and bought it soon after.
My husband saw the ‘call’ email first when he booted up the computer in the morning (because I’m in Australia, the email had come in overnight). He came racing up to the bedroom to wake me up and dragged me down, still groggy, to see the offer. I woke up pretty quickly. I emailed my critique partners and friends and we opened a bottle of champagne that night.
One of the best parts was the timing – the Romance Writers of Australia conference was only a couple of weeks away so I was able to go to the published author workshops and the Harlequin dinner. Joy!
There are far too many people who have helped me on my journey to thank here, so I want to throw out a great big fluffy purple group hug to everyone. Thanks!
Congratulations Rachel from all of us at the PHS!
You can grab Rachel's debut, Claiming His Bought Bride, this month from Silhouette Desire!