First of all, Jan. 21 is Rita's Gotcha Day! Three years ago we brought this crazy little pup home.
Okay, I'm cheating and recycling this pic from two years ago cuz we are going to have delay our usual celebrations until the weekend. The Daddy has to work late all this week, so we'll go get Rita her Gotcha Day "Flying Dutchman" from In-N-Out on the weekend.
Second, I'm celebrating cuz this is my 500th blog post! Woot! **blows horn/throws confetti** Okay, that's done.
Third... Jan 21 is the 20th anniversary of the day the hubs proposed to me! This pic was actually a photo-reenactment that we did, but he ran ahead of me and wrote "will you marry me?" in the sand. It was on a lovely beach in Bermuda, where we lived at the time. It was uber romantic. (And he's been trading on that for 20 years now!)
|My answer: "Did you write that?" I was a little stunned!
|Us with a congrats letter
We should probably go out to dinner to celebrate this, but like I said...the hubs has to work late all this week. Another day.
FINALLY.... the fourth thing is BOOK NEWS!!
Yesterday, it was officially announced in Publishers Marketplace that my agent, Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, and I sold the rights to my third book to Lake Union Publishing, which is one of Amazon's imprints. The plan is for the book to be out in early November. Yah!!
The title is AN INCONVENIENT RUTH. (At least I hope this will be the title... There's some talk of changing it. But I really like this title, since I thought of it way back in 2009, so we've been together a long time!)
Never fear! The book is my usual Fido-friendly fiction and tells the story of Alex Halstad, a Type-A interior designer and dog mom, who finds her life turned upside down when the teenage daughter her husband never knew he had shows up on their doorstep... with a baby of her own.
Alex and her hubby have a rescued Labradoodle named Marie. I pictured Marie looking just like our family friend's pup, Annie. Isn't she adorable??
|Photo credit: Annie's mom
Marie is totally the hero of the story, and I can't wait for y'all to get to read about her and her mom, Alex! I think of the story as being about a dog-mom trying to make it in a "real-mom" world!
But wait... there's more! Lake Union also bought the rights to RESCUE ME, MAYBE, so my second novel will be re-released in August.
I'm sure I'll be sharing more news on all this stuff as it happens!
Oh, and just in case anyone thinks I'm going to be a big, rich author now, trust me - there are only a handful of authors that get rich!
It's lovely to have an advance on the books, but it's not "quit your day job" type money. Although this IS my day job. No one should get into writing books to make a quick buck. Hahahahahha. That's just funny. If you calculated my hourly pay, it would be sad indeed. You gotta do this cuz you love it, and the words are just in you and want to come out.
I know others of you out there are working on your own books, so keep the dream alive! I self-published my first two books, and could have gone that route again with AIR but I had the dream of having a publishing deal, so wanted to try and go for it. I'm grateful for having the self-publishing option open to me, and think it's a great thing for authors (especially control-freaks like me!), but I wanted to try and see if I could make it with a traditional deal and see which way I like better.
I'm really excited to be working with Amazon and can't wait to share more news with you as the journey continues!
Hope you'll join in all our celebrating! Treats all around!
Thanks to Blogpaws for hosting Wordless Wednesday!