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The Call by MJ Fredrick
The call: About 15 minutes before lunch, my phone rang. The kids were in centers and I was doing grades. I saw the area code and stood up even as I answered. I knew. I’d been waiting a bit longer than the stated guidelines at that point, and had sent an email the previous week, after a lot of hemming and hawing.
Now, I’m not supposed to answer the phone when I’m in the classroom, but I think you’ll agree these were special circumstances. When the voice on the other end said, “This is Angela James,” I squealed. (Okay, I have admired her for a LONG time. I think she’s damned smart and talented. I won’t tell her she’s the reason I started sewing again because that just sounds stalker-ish.) She laughed and said, “So, how do you know I’m not calling to wish you a happy Mother’s Day?” While that would also be very cool….but then she said she wanted to acquire Sunrise Over Texas.
By now the kids realized something was going on and they were getting noisy and coming to my desk. Later they told me they thought it was Johnny Depp on the phone. Don’t ask. I had to excuse myself and shush them, but really, I don’t remember much. She said my editor loves historicals, and another person on the acquisition team read and loved it, and that the revisions would be minor. (I got the revision letter by the time I got home and it wasn’t toooooo bad.) She said something else about knowing before RT and she apologized for not getting back to me. I’d sent an inquiry earlier this week and she mentioned that, yes, no news was good news. She went over the contract terms and congratulated me and wished me a happy Mother’s Day.
After I hung up I went into the hall and saw the reading specialist and ran to tell her. She gave me a big hug. Then another 4th grade teacher was coming down the hall and I told her. Susan, our youngest team member, wondered what the commotion was so I told her. Only then did I call the dh!!! At lunch I called Trish Milburn, who has been with me on this journey almost every step of the way. I’m like, “This is Mary.” It took her a minute (it WAS the middle of the day. Also her sister is named Mary.) Then I said, “Why would I call you in the middle of the day?” She said, “You sold something!” Much squealing ensued and then we realized we’ll both have books out in August. Very DIFFERENT books, but still. (Later my book got bumped to September.)
Then I called my baby brother (straight to voicemail) and then my step-dad, since he took me on the big research trip last spring break. I posted to Facebook, told my bosses and the other people at lunch. The kids got a REALLLLY long recess. Too bad it was so hot!
So while I’d sold books before, and since, this was my first call, and it was everything I thought it would be.
Big thanks to MJ for sharing with us her special call. And without these special calls, we wouldn’t have all of the awesomesauce books to read.
MJ Fredrick’s new title, Sunrise Over Texas, is released tomorrow with Carina Press. And just lookie at the cover:
MJ is also published with Samhain Publishing, and with The Wild Rose Press.
And with big thanks to MJ, she is going to give away a $10 gift certificate to Amazon or BN.com for one lucky reader. To enter, just comment below.
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