Thursday, July 28, 2011

Obsidian Win

Isn't this cloud a great metaphor? Sailing along, giving rain to a very select portion of the landscape.

So, yesterday was a pivotal day for me.

I received a contract offer on Obsidian.

This is the novel that started it all. That took me from nonfiction to fiction. My red-headed firstborn. This is the one that everyone told me they didn't know how to market, because it's hopelessly cross-genre. One famous author friend who graciously read it said it's like I wrote an epic male fantasy from a very female perspective. She also said I was forging a new path with it and that it would feel like wading through waist-deep snow.

Boy did she call that one.

So, yesterday, after 3.5 years of wading through waist-deep snow, I finally broke through.

I can't even tell you how it felt. I sat in stunned silence for quite a while, just exploring the feeling of not STRIVING any more. All those feelings of hope and grief and anger and determined outrage I'd been piling on all that time, just let go. I giggled. I burst into tears when my mom sent flowers. What a ride.

I have to admit - I wouldn't have felt this so much if it had happened right away.

Now, I've let (Possible) Agent who has Obsidian know that I have an offer, as she asked me to do. I'll wait to see what she says and then move from there. But no matter what, Obsidian will see the light of day and I'm just so, so grateful.

Rain for everyone!

21 comments:

  1. Congrats! So happy for you, hon. :) You deserve it.

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  2. Congrats, Jeffe! Ironically, we ARE getting rain here today. Thank you's in order, I suppose. :)

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  3. Yay! That's so exciting :) My fingers are crossed and double crossed for you!

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  4. Squeeeee! That is wonderful! *happy dance* ~Ali

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  5. Congratulations, Jeffe! I couldn't be happier for you.

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  6. Awww - you all are so sweet to me. Now I'm weepy again!

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  7. WooHoo!!!☆∴*★∵∶。◦°✰*¨*♡ (<--sparkly confetti)

    CONGRATS!

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  8. Well, no wonder you were cracking open the bubbly! Huge Congratulations! :)

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  9. CONGRATS!!! That's such wonderful news! I'm so happy for you. :)

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  10. And you only sprang for one bottle of the champagne. What a rip! Just kidding. Congrats. I am so pleased for you right now and feeling a little prideful as well, which is absolutely ridiculous as we have never met, but there it is.

    The ride is sometimes long and arduous, but the experience can be a real life changer.

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  11. Love the sparkly confetti, Lola!

    Thank you all so much!!

    Kelly - it's the great thing about our virtual community that we can be proud of and excited for each other. I know it's a sacrifice for you all to have a drink in my honor, so I especially appreciate that sentiment! ;-)

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  12. YAY!!!!!

    Ccongratulations Jeffe!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!

    *HUGS*

    Lisa :)

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  13. OH hell yeah!!! Muffin top fist bump....and so glad you kept keepin' on. You're an inspiration for sho' and I couldn't be happier for you! Keep us all posted!

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  14. I read your blog earlier today when no one was looking. :D I just wanted to say congrats again! I remember when that story placed first in the Winter Rose contest. I'm so happy for you and glad it found a home at last! :)

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  15. Thanks Lisa! I love being an inspiration, Muffy!

    That's right, MM, and I thought I had it made back then, with those fabulous scores y'all gave me. Alas!

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  16. Congratulations, Jeffe - you demonstrate how important it is to stick with it! All the best to you and your bouncing baby book.

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  17. OH LA LA! Finally someone saw what we all knew...that you had a story people WANT to read! Knowing what it takes for you to remain disciplined and respectful of your writing time, while we heap the pressure on you for the day job, I'm doubly impressed. Congratulations JK - so glad you've had patience and fortitude.

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  18. Thanks Jay!

    Your support has meant a great deal, Laurie! ~Goes back to work on GWR forms~

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