To everyone who has wished me well on my writing journey, I have this to say:
I did it.
I sold it.
CrossRiver Media offered me a contract, which I gladly, gratefully accepted.
Lottie’s Gift, by Jane M. Tucker, coming soon to a bookshelf near you.
The email came on Tuesday at lunch time. After months of obsessively checking my phone for this very message, it took me by surprise. Dear Jane, Thank you for submitting the full manuscript….
The first line had me worried. I am happy to inform you didn’t appear until Line Two. I read that far and had to set the phone down.
A forty-something mom decides to take the road not traveled, quits her job and writes a very bad novel. With help she throws it out, hones her skills, and writes another. Within three years she goes from mediocre preschool teacher to writer under contract.
Cue the fireworks.
The book will now undergo editing, formatting, and packaging. That’s what a publisher does. I won’t hold Lottie’s Gift in my hands until all of that is done. When I know the release date, I’ll post it here.
In the coming months I’ll go from writer to promoter. These days the author is the primary marketer of her work. Watch this space for more about Lottie Braun as the release date nears. If I ask you to like, comment or share, please consider doing so. It will help a lot.
I’m working on my second book. This journey is not over. I have a lot more to say about Lottie, and I’m utterly hooked on the novel-writing process. The sale of Lottie’s Gift gives me encouragement to continue.
I’ll keep sending Postcards from the Heartland. I admit I started my blog because that’s what writers do. But I’ve come to enjoy sharing my small adventures with you. This summer I hope to tour the Midwest and report on what I find.
Readers, I thank you for taking the time to read my postcards. You are such an encouragement to me. I can’t wait to share the next leg of the journey.