Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Good News Galore

There's so much to tell you, I don't know where to start so I think I'll list in linear fashion.

If you read my previous post, you know that I received a blog critique from marketing consultant, Laura Barnes. I was really nervous about it because I've never considered my posts or my blog very professional. Most of the time, I feel like a whiner. Laura gave me a great critique with some wonderful suggestions. I've put some of them into action. Read what she had to say and feel free to make a few suggestions of your own. For info on how to submit your blog for her critique, go here.
Second, I spoke at the BWG conference. I even had print copies of Hearts, Hearths & Holidays. What fun to have a book to sign. Three people who've read my story, A Child Was Born, said I made them cry. That was exactly what I'd hoped to achieve but thought I'd missed the mark. Even now, I keep rewriting in my head. Anyway, I took twelve books and sold six.

Author/Editor Linda Yezak & Jess
I was the second speaker, and so glad to get it over with so I could relax and listen to the others.  Honestly, I loved speaking. I always do--even though it's scary when I first look out among all those faces staring back at me. What do they need? What do they want? How can I help? I wish I could get each and every one of them motivated to write daily, research markets, sell. No matter how much we share and teach, it's really up to them. And basically, that's what I told them. They have to make up their minds to grab their dream. My title was: The Power of the Made Up Mind.

After the conference, I checked email on my B'berry and had a message from an editor who wrote:

"The committee has completed the evaluation of your story, Peace of Heart. And, I'm very pleased to say that they have allowed me to offer you a contract. Congratulations!

If you accept ..."

IF I accept? Really!

That's my good news. I've signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press and I'm looking forward to making the editorial changes, seeing my cover, and sharing the happenings and happiness with you.
More later.


Charles Gramlich said...

I am so pleased to hear all of this. Big, massive congrats. You rock! :)

Sylvia Ney said...

Congratulations again! You're a true inspiration.


Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Charles, thanks so much.

Sylvia, I can say the very same about you! :) Thanks for everything.

Lynn said...

Congratulations on your acceptance and for doing a great job at the conference--although I wasn't there, it sounded like you probably did a great job inspiring other writers. Cute photo too!

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Hi Lynn, the conference was fun. I hope I motivated--you never know. Sometimes my 'success' is all in my head. :)

Sarah Richmond said...

Jesse, congrats! I've heard wonderful things about Wild Rose, especially their editorial support. Will look for your book on Amazon.

Sarah Richmond

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Thanks Sarah. I'm looking forward to being a 'real' author again. I've always heard TWRP gave great feedback--even with rejections.

NotesFromNellie said...

Congratulations Jessi, on your new contravct. You were great at the Bayou's conference. And inspirational, as usual. I can tell you "love" people.

Angie said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations! And it was wonderful having you at the conference.