Tuesday, September 18, 2012

RECLAIMED is coming out with Spencer Hill Contemp!


So I can finally shout to the world that my debut novel, RECLAIMED, will be coming out with Spencer Hill Contemp October 2013!  I’m really so excited and thrilled to be working with the awesome people at Spencer Hill Press.

Edit:  Here is the announcement from PM:
Sarah Guillory's RECLAIMED, in which a girl determined to flee her small town finds a reason to stay when she falls in love with twin brothers, one who can't remember his past and the other who doesn't want him to remember, told in three alternating points of view, to Danielle Ellison & Patricia Riley at Spencer Hill Contemp, in a nice deal, for publication in October 2013, by Rebecca Mancini at RightsMix (World).

Long Story:  I can partially thank Twitter for this.  Really.  If I hadn’t been on Twitter, I probably never would have participated in WriteonCon.  And if I hadn’t participated in WriteonCon, my query wouldn’t have been seen by my awesome editor.  So thanks to Twitter!  And WriteonCon!  And my awesome editor, who saw that there was a story in my pitiful attempts at the query!  (And I promise I don’t use exclamation marks like this in my book.  I’m just really excited.)  J

So, Ninja Editor saw my query in the WriteonCon forums and asked me for the full.  I was working on reorganizing the first fifty pages or so, so I worked frantically all weekend and sent the full on a Sunday night.  The following Sunday, awesome editor Danielle Ellison tweeted about a manuscript she was loving.  I crossed my fingers and prayed it was mine, not getting my hopes up.  Then she tweeted other glowing comments about the manuscript and I just knew it wasn’t mine.

I get up at 5:25 a.m. every morning to go running.  Since my full was out, I’d started checking my email first thing when I got up.  (No, I’m not obsessive or uptight in any way, why do you ask?)  So when I opened my email Monday morning and saw I had an email from Spencer Hill, I held my breath.  When I opened it and saw that they were excited about my manuscript and wanted to talk, I didn’t even finish reading the email.  I started jumping up and down and woke up my husband, who was dead to the world and tried to be excited for me while still half asleep.  I went for a run, but even running in the thick humidity felt like flying.

We scheduled a Skype call for that evening, and somehow I managed to teach six classes and tell no one that everything I ever wanted might be happening.  But there was a hurricane brewing in the gulf, so there were plenty of hurricane preparations to focus on.  At least that gave me something to do instead of staring at the clock.

The Skype call with Danielle Ellison and Patricia Riley went great.  I was probably grinning like an idiot the whole time. They were so excited and passionate about my book, and that meant so much to me.  I’ve been working on this manuscript for over two years now, and my blood is in it.  The fact that they totally understood and loved my characters was surreal.  They offered publication, and I tried to play it cool when really I wanted to run out into the street and howl at the moon or something.

Then Hurricane Isaac hit.  Luckily we were spared some of the worst of it, though we were without power and internet for a couple of days, which made me even more on edge.  Since school had been canceled, I paced the house for several days, all nervous energy and excitement.  I baked and redecorated and drove my husband crazy.  At one point he threatened to drug me.

And then the contract was signed and sent and I vacillated between wild excitement and disbelief.  I kept thinking I was going to wake up and realize it wasn’t really happening.  But it is!  So if you’ve read this far, thanks, and give yourself a cookie.  Because I’m going to have several. 

Oh yeah!  Here's a pic of me signing the contract.
 

18 comments:

  1. Wow! Congratulations, Sarah. I've heard awesome things about Spencer Hill. You're in good hands.

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    1. Thanks! They have been so amazing so far!

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  2. Amazing story, Sarah! Wow, I can't wait to read it! Congratulations and enjoy every moment. :)

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  3. You just made me tear up, Sarah. This is such an awesome story, and I'm so thrilled for you. Congratulations!

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    1. Awww, thanks. It makes me tear up a little too. : )

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  4. Congrats!! You're in good hands. SHP is the BEST and I can't wait to read your book based off of Danielle's glowing remarks. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yours sounds amazing too! (And isn't Danielle the best?)

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  5. Congratulations to you! Your book sounds so great, what a unique premise. I can't wait to read it! And SHP is amazing, you're in great hands.

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    1. Thanks. I've heard nothing but great things about them, and I've been very impressed so far. : )

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  6. Woot! I can't begin to express how happy I am for you!!

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    1. Thanks! I couldn't have done it without my amazing CP!

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  7. WOW! That's so exciting! I love to hear stories about writers realizing their dreams, gives me hope for my own :) Bless you adnd I pray it all turns out even better than you ever hoped.

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  8. We're delighted to have you join us, Sarah! Welcome to the Spencer Hill family!

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  9. Congratulations I love hearing stories like these...motivation for us all :) can't wait to read it, Spencer Hill Press is great!

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  10. Sarah,
    Your name came up on the Spencer Hill group so I went and took a peek. Like you, I've signed and it is so cool to see so many new authors with great stories. I feel like we're in some kind of secret club. Nice to meet you,

    Rhys a Jones

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