Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My First Sale!!!!

About a month ago I received a call, known among the publishing industry as THE call, from my agent Terry Burns. The conversation started out like this:

Terry: Hi, Pam, how are you?
Me:    Fine. How are you?

All the while I'm thinking that he never calls for casual conversations, especially when he's at a conference, so why is he calling me in the middle of the morning? The conversation continued.

Terry: "She wants the book!!!"
Me: "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Are you serious?"
Terry: "Yes. She wants it."
Me: (sniffling and wiping my nose) "I am so amazed."

He then turned the phone over to Bonnie Calhoun, one of my crit partners who is also a client of his. She was at the conference and insisted she be with him when he called me. She screamed with me again and gave me my first congratulations.
Ramona Tucker, my editor & me signing the contract!

Then, outside of my closest friends, I could not tell the news until the contract was signed. I had to wait a few more weeks until last Saturday. Both Terry and the editor, Ramona Tucker, were at the Write to Publish Conference a short drive away from me. I drove there for lunch and after we ate, Ramona handed me my contract. Terry took our picture and now I can announce that my book, "Thyme for Love" has been contracted with Oak Tara Publishing. Release date to be announced later. I have not yet come down from the cloud I'm floating on.

But it's true! I'm sitting here with a copy of the signed contract in front of me along with a to-do list to get everything ready to roll on production later this summer or fall.

I give God all the glory for this. I've been writing for a long time and had some close calls, but never THE phone call I wanted. But God knows what is best for us, and His timing is perfect all the time. At the right time He allowed all the pieces to fall into place.

I'll keep everyone posted as to the release date. What fun. As ACFW's New Release Coordinator, I'll get to announce my own book!

23 comments:

Natalia Gortova said...

Congratulations Pamela!
How true, that God has His perfect timing!
Can't wait to read the book..what's it about? What genre is it?

Margie Vawter said...

Yea!!!!!! I'm SO excited for you, Pam. I know the journey has been a long one. This is well-deserved. And Ramona is such a wonderful, encouraging editor! Very happy for you, my friend.

Lori Benton said...

Congratulations Pam! Very exciting. I know all about those long writing journeys. I would think it would take some time for the reality of it all to sink in. :)

Dee Yoder said...

So exciting! Congratulations, Pam! God is perfect in the way He times things. Enjoy the moment and keep floating!

Pamela Meyers said...

Oh my, thanks everyone for your good wishes. God has been gracious to me, that's for sure.

Heidi Chiavaroli said...

So happy for you, Pam! Congratulations!

Michael Ehret said...

Pam, such exciting news and a testament to God's faithfulness--and you're own in being faithful to His call. Blessings abound!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Congratulations, Pam! So excited for you. I can't wait to see the cover and read it when it comes out.

Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

That was such a fun phone call. Terry was beaming ear to ear when we got off the phone with you. His heart is so much for new writers that he loves to give THE call!

Congratulations my friend. Your time has come. And it happened with a great editor. Ramona is a real doll! Hey...it just registered...we both have editors named Ramona...how cool is that!

Pamela Meyers said...

Thanks to my fellow Penwrights, Mike and Bonnie. Yes that call was fun Bonnie & it was awesome you were there right then to share the moment with me.
That is cool beans about the Ramona's LOL.

Pamela Meyers said...

I can't wait to see the cover either, Ramona. I haven't even gotten to that stage yet LOL.

Valerie Comer said...

Congrats, Pam! I'm SO excited for you!!!!

Ane Mulligan said...

Your blog doesn't like me, Pam. Each time I try to comment, my Internet connection goes down. Good ole AT&T. Anywho, you KNOW I'm Snoopy dancin'!

Deborah Dee Harper said...

Pam,

I am SO happy for you! You've been such an encouragement to me and everyone else and you deserve this victory so very much. Congratulations!!

Blessings,
Deb

Pamela Meyers said...

Ane, maybe Blogger is hiccuping again. Although I don't think others have had a problem. Thanks. You've been dancing since Saturday. LOL.

Pamela Meyers said...

Thanks, Deborah. So much. God is good. All the time.

Normandie Fischer said...

I've said it before, but I'll add it here: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Such fun, Pam.

Blessings to you,
Normandie

Pamela Meyers said...

And I'll say it again back to you, Normanie. Thanks bunches!

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

Congratulations, Pamela! Thanks for sharing your "CALL" story. Very exciting!

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

So proud of you, Pam! Congrats, 100 times over!!!!

Lynda Schab said...

I am beyond thrilled for you, Pam! Can't wait to cheer with you when it's released. WOOHOO!

Pamela Meyers said...

Thanks, Elizabeth and Cheryl! And, Lynda, you and I will be cheering together. Congrats to you too!

Linda Wichman said...

Oh, Pam!!! I heard it through the grapevine. I'm so proud of you. Hip! Hip!Hurrah! God is faithful!!