Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guest Blog by Terry's client Pam Meyers

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!

11 comments:

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Congratulations, Pam! I am so happy for you. I hope the Chicago group will make a fuss over you for your debut, too.

Susan Hollaway said...

Congratulations, Pam! That's awesome! Enjoy the journey.
Susan

Diana said...

Congratulations Pam! We are thrilled for you!Enjoy every moment in the process til your book is on the shelf!

Millie Samuelson said...

What WONDERFUL news! We all share your JOY, and look forward to BUYING your book. . . :-)

Davalyn Spencer said...

Congratulations!

Jackie said...

That is so wonderful! Congratulations, I'm so excited for you!

Johnnie said...

Congratulations, Pam. What an exciting moment. Yeah!!!!!

Valerie Comer said...

So happy for you, Pam! WooHoo!

Lynda Schab said...

I know I've said it already, but congratulations! Couldn't be more thrilled for you!

Tina said...

Pam,
I am so glad that God has opened this door for you. I dream of getting a call like that one day. Joyce is my agent. I am sending my prayers your way!

Kym McNabney said...

Congrats, Pam. Can't wait to read your fist published book.