If you haven't heard yet, one of my fellow authors at Tribe Lit landed a book deal! Lynn Rush is here to tell the awesome story!
Hi, Brooklyn, thanks for having me here to help celebrate the recent contract for my novel, Wasteland (http://lynnrush.wordpress.com/my-novels/wasteland/). Boy, telling this story never gets old, that’s for sure. I still feel like it’s a dream!
Oh, but I do have a dorky confession…as soon as I got the email stating they were interested in offering me a contract, I started writing every detail down.
Just so I’d remember.
Dorky, right? But anyone who knows me knows I forget EVERYTHING. And I never want to forget a second of this experience.
I wrote Wasteland in December of 2009. I just loved the idea of a half-demon who was half demon against his will! Anyway, the story spent quite a bit of time with critique partners to get it whipped into shape for submissions.
On February 17th, 2011, I pitched the book in a chat-room pitch session with Crescent Moon Press. It was organized for the Savvy Authors (http://www.savvyauthors.com) members. ***Oh, and if you’re not a member of that group, quick, go now and join. It’s worth it!***
Here was my pitch:
Bound by a blood oath his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must deliver fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks to his demonic Master or suffer unspeakable torture. But as he learns more about her, he discovers she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.
The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give into their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off two centuries of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.
From that I got a partial request. I sent it out the next day and figured I’d be waiting months.
But within a couple weeks, I got an email from Stephanie, another editor from Crescent Moon Press (http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/). She requested the full, so I sent it straight away.
Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I saw an email from her the very next morning.
Yep. The very next morning. 6:55am to be exact. **I’m a dork, remember?**
The email stated she wanted to offer me a contract.
Okay, at that time, my legs morphed into the consistency of wet noodles, right? Oh, and I was ironing, too. So, I set the iron down…and managed not to put it down on clothes and burn holes in them…and walked over to my hubby.
He was sitting in a chair in the living room. I think the look on my face startled him because he immediately asked, “What’s wrong?”
Yeah, I’m thinking I kinda went pale.
I told him about the email.
A smile filled his face, and he pulled me into the best hug ever.
I couldn’t believe it. Of course I texted Super Agent, Cari, (http://tribelit.com/) right away, and she pretty much took over after that. They discussed the contract, talked about changes, and a couple days later the end product was a signed contract.
What an exciting time. I couldn’t have done it without my Super Agent. She helped with all aspects of the pitch and handled everyone with the contract—all the while making herself available to my every question.
So far I’ve been assigned an editor at Crescent Moon Press (http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/), and she’s reading the story with a critical eye to get me my first round of edits. I’m looking forward to her input because I know Crescent Moon Press has great editors and will help make the story shiny!
Thanks for sharing in the excitement with me, Brooklyn. I’m honored to be a part of Tribe Literary (http://tribelit.com/) with you!
Stay in touch with me as the journey continues:
Catch the Rush: http://www.lynnrush.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites
Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/LynnRush