First Book Contract Stupor

Today, while I was at work, my book contract arrived at my apartment. I was fifty blocks away and couldn’t see for myself until after 5 o’clock. E called the moment it was dropped it off. He described the contract, read me choice bits. My name is there. The name of the novel. A plot summary. For ages 9-14. My wonderful editor’s name listed at the bottom of every page. The contract was many paragraphs, much longer (and on longer paper) than the work-for-hire “agreements” I am used to.

Soon, the more he read from it, the more my head was spinning.

Wait, I said. It’s really real?

It’s real, he said.

To be waiting this long for something to happen and then to have it be happening… I came home, sat at the table, paged through the contract, was quiet for a long while. E said I was acting strange.

It’s real, is what I was thinking. I’m not sure if I truly believed it until today.

13 thoughts on “First Book Contract Stupor

  1. Annika April 18, 2008 / 12:08 am

    It’s really truly real!

  2. lilalia April 18, 2008 / 1:14 am

    Not only is it real, it will happen. Can you imagine what it will feel like the first time you hold the printed book in your hands? That is going to be grand. Enjoy the journey. It’s bound to be wildly exciting.

  3. Oliver April 18, 2008 / 1:30 am

    I followed a link from Missing Mojo to find your blog, and just wanted to drop a congratulatory note – so congratulations; believe it, it’s real! It’s wonderful to read about the ups as well as the downs that tend to typify the writing process for fledgling writers.

  4. w April 18, 2008 / 2:13 am

    As I’ve been saying to everybody lately about their awesome accomplishments: F*CKING-A, HELLS YES!

    I can’t wait to buy the book and ask you to sign it. 🙂

  5. e April 18, 2008 / 5:59 am

    oliver… “fledgling?” … really? she’s been at this for a very long time. have you read this blog, youngster?

  6. Andi April 18, 2008 / 7:03 am

    Congratulations once again on the realness of it!! 🙂

  7. witnessing am i April 18, 2008 / 8:40 am

    Many, many smiles from across the miles.

  8. Smithereens April 18, 2008 / 9:02 am

    I hope you signed it for real and celebrated for real too!

  9. bookfraud April 18, 2008 / 10:32 am

    wonderful news — yes, these things can actually happen.

    mazel tov to you. i’ll have an extra glass of wine at the seder in your honor.

  10. bloglily April 18, 2008 / 12:42 pm

    It’s wonderful how the reality of something you’ve longed for comes in the form of things like big, fat legal documents! And, who knows, maybe it’ll also be coming in the form of a big, fat check or two!

    Yay, Nova!

  11. cirellio April 18, 2008 / 6:07 pm

    I can’t wait to see how it looks all printed & bound!

  12. courtney April 18, 2008 / 9:15 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS.
    You deserve this so much.

  13. slynne April 21, 2008 / 1:01 pm

    Holy crap-ebola!!!! I haven’t been by and read in forever. This is amazing. Congrats!!!!!!!!

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