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Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Call!!!

As I'm sure the whole world and its cat knows by now, yesterday I received The Call. Yes, Harlequin Mills & Boon want to give me a two book contract for the Presents/Modern line. Naturally, I turned it down... Not!

I am over the moon! I have wanted to write for them since I was fifteen years old, and have spent the past five years actively trying to get published with them. This really is a dream come true.

The actual call came out of the blue. I knew my editor there was moving on to a different position and would no longer be my editor. When she emailed me last Friday to confirm this, she said she would be in touch early this week with her thoughts on my ms and promised I wouldn't be left stranded. I was gutted at the news but delighted for her. I sent her a card to congratulate her and to say thank you for everything she had done for me. Then, yesterday just after 5pm (I so wish I'd looked at my watch) she called me. First of all she said thank you for the card. Just as was thinking how sweet she was to call me about  a card, she followed it with "and I want to offer you a contract." At least I think that's what she said. It's all a bit of a blur!

Suffice it to say, I've been offered a two book contract and appointed a new editor to work with, who everyone tells me is lovely. If you want to read more details of The Call, you can find it on the eHarlequin site - go into forums, then writers circle. There you will find the party thread.

This really means the world to me and to my family (my kids are already asking for iPads the cheeky sods). Thank you all for your support and I promise (again!!!) to keep this blog updated more frequently. I'll certainly try my best to share my journey through to publication with you all.

Take care, xxx

19 comments:

  1. Huge Congrats, Michelle! Enjoy the celebration! You earned it! I knew it would happen for you:-)

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    1. Thank you Olivia - feels like only yesterday we were celebrating your call xxx

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  2. Well done. You deserve it with all your hard work. Am looking forward to reading your books.

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    1. Really sorry Fiona but have no virgins! I do promise I will try and write one especially for you xxx

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  3. Still happy dancing too. And following around allll your announcements to squee here, and there, and there, and over at that other place . . . :)

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  4. Fantastic news Michelle. Lol you have clever kids too. Can't wait to read them x

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    1. Thank you Tracey - I have no doubt you will be subbing soon xxx

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  5. Massive, massive congrats, ChelleBelle! I'm chuffed to bits for you. You're a fab writer and I can't wait to get my teeth into an entire novel of yours. Oh, and if you end up with a spare iPad... xxx

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    1. Thank you my lovely friend - thank you for everything xxx

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  6. Chelly, Me, you, LiPry and Amalie. Vegas. Open invitation. On you, of course you Cleggy hugger :D

    Seriously though, you know how much I cried over this - with joy of course. I'd have run down to Richmond and came back with a few heads on pikes if Nico & Rosa didn't win you that contract (okay, maybe I'd have just cried again) but dammit, you deserve this. I'm rambling. It's sleep deprivation. You know I love you and all your stories! xxx

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  7. We would so have to get Catherine Coles there too! And Sri Pammi. And I bet Princess Fiona would be a giggle. I can just see us all rampaging through those enormous casinos, trying to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry just in case he's there and got his todger out again!

    Thank you so much for everything xxx

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    1. Sounds like a plan and bahahaha! That isn't a sight I'd like to see! xxx

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  8. Well done you! Can't wait to read. Am absolutely thrilled for you, so well-deserved! Xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Charlotte - am so chuffed to be joining you on the shelves! x

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  9. Huge congratulations Michelle, very well deserved.

    Looking forward to reading it.

    x Christy x

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    1. Thank you Christy - to be honest I am still pinching myself! :-)

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