Last Friday I announced on Facebook that I had a contract for my Death Valley novel called The Juliet. Today that contract is signed, sealed, and delivered, which means that I have formally joined Pandamoon Publishing‘s ever growing roster of authors. This has been a rapidly developing negotiation/agreement that at points felt like fate. The publisher loves the book, and I’m thrilled by the prospect of a truly collaborative relationship.
It has been 50 days since Erin Fitzgerald–who is not my lit agent because I don’t pay her; she’s more like my spirit guide–coached/coaxed me to do #pitmad. I wrote three pitches that were ignored, then wrote one more after some wine: The Maltese Falcon meets The Hope Diamond in Death Valley during the great wildflower bloom of 2005. #pitmad #A. That one gets a fave by Pandamoon.The process would have gone even quicker had I not frittered September away. I didn’t send the submission until Oct 1.
At least five people close to me said something along the lines of “This is going to happen.” Dean, Erin, Deb, Art, Danny–y’all are witches.