The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

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Post by Ryan » October 21st, 2011, 12:23 pm

Glad I clicked on this thread, although I'm not a Sqeee-Guy. I'm more of a fist-pump, air-punching, "(Expletive of choice)--yeah!" guy.

Bottom line is our hard work and dedication does pay off in small ways at first and then hopefully larger paybacks come later.

I haven't been checking my sales because I've been so busy with work-work, my own basement remodel, and everyday toddler and prego-wife care but this morning I popped on over to my account at Lightning Source.

Some bookseller ordered 16 copies of my paperback. Not sure who but it feels good considering I haven't implemented any of my GTW (Getting the Word) out tactics yet. Ok...back to the dusty basement.

CheekyChook...that is a great story about you meeting someone on here and collaborating. Good stuff.
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Post by maybegenius » October 26th, 2011, 1:27 am

So, I started querying exactly two months ago, and it's been kind of a whirlwind. And I am very, very, VERY happy to announce that I just accepted an offer of representation with Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary. I am beyond excited to start working with her. I felt like she really "got" my book -- her agency works with a lot of literary-commercial "in-betweener" genre stuff, which my novel falls right into. She respects that I have a literary style while still writing a commercial book and has a plan of action to put me in front of editors who will respect that. Also she's very, very sweet and I loved talking to her.

I kind of can't believe it. I HAVE AN AGENT!
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Post by cheekychook » October 26th, 2011, 11:39 am

maybegenius wrote:So, I started querying exactly two months ago, and it's been kind of a whirlwind. And I am very, very, VERY happy to announce that I just accepted an offer of representation with Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary. I am beyond excited to start working with her. I felt like she really "got" my book -- her agency works with a lot of literary-commercial "in-betweener" genre stuff, which my novel falls right into. She respects that I have a literary style while still writing a commercial book and has a plan of action to put me in front of editors who will respect that. Also she's very, very sweet and I loved talking to her.

I kind of can't believe it. I HAVE AN AGENT!
CONGRATS! Two months! That's amazing. Well done. :D
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Post by GingerWrite » October 26th, 2011, 11:57 am

Congratulations! That's just unbelievable! And quick! You should celebrate :D
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Post by HillaryJ » October 26th, 2011, 1:19 pm

Congratulations, maybe! Loved the story on your blog of how it "came to be".
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Post by maybegenius » October 26th, 2011, 3:51 pm

Thanks, you guys! I'm still pretty much walking on air.

@Ginger - Oh, there was definitely some champagne last night ;)
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Post by karenbb » November 8th, 2011, 2:19 pm

This post should really be called a Bransforums fairy tale. Yes, there is such a thing. First off, I admit that I have been completely MIA from the forums for months. I have been writing, blogging, and querying like a damn fool. My long-time critique partner, Cheekychook, is around all the time and she gives me the updates on everyone. Lame, I know. For those of you don't know, she and I met on these very forums, and it has been a very wild ride since.

After a handful of indie press submissions and nearly 100 agent queries, I am happy to say that I have contracted the first novel I wrote, Bring Me Back, with Turquoise Morning Press. This all went down last week and the contracts were just signed over the weekend. I am so excited, I can hardly think straight. Bring Me Back is my baby, it is me on a plate, written without any calculation as to what I would do with it when it was done--I saw a story, I saw my characters, and I put it on paper. Knowing it will be published is so gratifying. I can't begin to express how good it feels.

The icing on the writer's cake is that this takes me to a total of three contracted books this year, one of which was co-authored with my critique partner, Cheekychook. That one, which is called "Long-Distance Lover's", will be published by Ellora's Cave in December. My other contract was for "Love My Way", also through Ellora's Cave, and that should be out late winter/early spring. I will add that I accomplished all of this without an agent. Most of you probably already know that Cheekychook has contracted FIVE books this year, all without an agent.

Looking back on the last 14 months (started querying September 2010), my biggest piece of advice has two parts--keep going and stay open. I can tell you with 99.999999999% certainty that this journey will not happen the way you think it will. So, be open to things you may not have considered at the beginning, keep trying, and keep writing. Best of luck to everyone.

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Post by maybegenius » November 11th, 2011, 12:35 am

Huge congratulations, Karen! It's so awesome to hear success stories from Bransforumers :)
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Post by GingerWrite » November 11th, 2011, 2:26 am

Wow, congratulations on getting another book contracted!
I have some fun news myself: I just finished NaNoWriMo, effectively completing the first draft of my second novel :D
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Post by CharleeVale » November 12th, 2011, 9:16 pm

I know the squee thread is usually used for writing stuff, but I just got some news that is so good I had to share in my other profession.

So yesterday, my agent called (my acting agent), and told me that I had been called in to an audition for an off-broadway musical that's in development for this coming spring. SQUEEEEE!

So yeah. I just had to say that.

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Post by Guardian » November 13th, 2011, 3:40 pm

Squee #1; As few of you already know, after years of development my little angel finally opened her wings as the first novel of the Crystal Shade trilogy has been released two days ago. (More details in the link. The winged blondie who greets you there is my little, beloved heroine. :) ).
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Squee #2: I already got a request from a Spanish publisher as maybe they would translate and release Crystal Shade in Spanish home. :)

P.S.: Congratulations for your agent, Steph! Good luck in your newly started and hopefully prosperous endeavour! :)

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Post by maybegenius » November 14th, 2011, 3:25 am

Congrats, Charlee, that's awesome! Good luck! (Or break a leg?)

Thanks, Guardian. Best of luck with yours.
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Post by Sommer Leigh » November 14th, 2011, 12:21 pm

CharleeVale wrote:I know the squee thread is usually used for writing stuff, but I just got some news that is so good I had to share in my other profession.

So yesterday, my agent called (my acting agent), and told me that I had been called in to an audition for an off-broadway musical that's in development for this coming spring. SQUEEEEE!

So yeah. I just had to say that.

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Post by dios4vida » November 17th, 2011, 5:57 pm

Oh my gosh!! I haven't checked into this thread in a while and LOOK AT ALL OF THE AMAZING NEWS!! That is fantastic, everyone! <beats down the beast of jealousy lurking behind me> Y'all are awesome! <sniffles back small tears of longing> I'm so happy for everyone!

I...uh...yeah, I have no squee news. But I'm working on it!

Congrats to everyone, again! :D
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Post by Claudie » November 25th, 2011, 10:20 am

Karen, Charlee, that is sooo cool! Congrats and confettis to both of you! :D

And, and, I've got some squee myself! Some of you might know I started a one-year Creative Writing course this semester. Well, Squee #1 is the fantastic grades I'm getting. Squee #2 is that this week I met with one of my teachers, which I adore. It was supposed to be about my novel (which I was working on in his class), but never even touched the subject, except to mention I'd be writing it in his class next semester, too. Instead he told me that all he really wanted to say for the meet is that if I wanted to publish, I just had to keep going. That I had everything I needed, and that I was refreshing to read.

It's not much, but it felt SO good to hear. <3 Made a potentially crappy week amazing. :D
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