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Title: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: kid tales on December 13, 2010, 10:13 AM
Hi Blueboarders!

I'm sure someone will direct me to a thread that already answers this question, but I never get tired of reading good news from you all!  I was wondering how you discovered that your PB would be published.  Was it by email, snail mail or THE CALL?

Oh, and did you get the news from an agent or the publisher?

Just curious...I have a few manuscripts out there and I like to dream! :chesirecat
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Betsy on December 13, 2010, 10:59 AM
By pony express, telepathic communication, tom toms, smoke signals, skywriting, and once--a message in a bottle.

 :flower


Seriously, it used to be much more exciting.  I've had good news come by phone, letter, in person (editor came to see me).

But recently--almost always by email.  
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Pam on December 13, 2010, 12:55 PM
Only by email...well, I take that back. One time, I was discussing one of my books with my editor, then I asked about the newest one I'd sent and she said, "Oh yeah, yes." Sort of like I should have known. It was weird, but made me feel really relieved and very happy.  :mermaid (I love this mermaid icon!)
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Wendy Martin on December 13, 2010, 03:43 PM
Always by email. I've never even heard my agent's voice.
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: jeanreagan on December 13, 2010, 04:07 PM
The initial good news for both my PB contracts came as phone calls.  I now have an agent, so I don't know if that will change.  The phone calls weren't guarantees of a contract, but a we-are-interested-in-your-manuscript-is-it-still-available cautious wording.  I began celebrating anyway! 

Good luck!

Jean Reagan

Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Tammi on December 13, 2010, 05:51 PM
I sold Cowboy Camp through the slush pile. The offer came by way of email.

For most of the other books, my agent called me. One time, though, she posted a message on my FB page to call my agent because she had good news. :)
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: BoniA on December 13, 2010, 07:08 PM
My first sale was a slush sub and the editor called to tell me she was taking the ms to acquisitions. The next several were email. One of my sales this year was to an editor I had met at a SCBWI conference a few years ago (she critiqued a different ms and I'd been subbing to her since) and she called to tell me they were putting together an offer. I'm not a phone person and I sounded like an idiot on both phone calls, but they were very gracious- and it was a fun way to find out for sure!

Boni
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: spider2387 on December 13, 2010, 07:34 PM
 :train mine was through email. i wanted the call :gaah
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Amy S on December 14, 2010, 07:48 AM
For one, I got a call, a moment that I still regret because I sounded like such a fool and got them thinking I didn't want their offer. (I did this by asking the editor what one does about multiple submissions when you get an offer), I also had to listen to screaming children in the background,  :snork.

Now, at least if an editor calls, my kids are old enough to understand that this IS important and to kill each other in another room.

I think most of my WFH has been e-mail. And one interview for book that was local here at NASA.

Now to send out more stuff so I can imagine more calls.
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Aud on December 14, 2010, 04:21 PM
My agent calls with the news. Once, the editor called before the agent and the agent felt so scooped! (I'm no longer with that agent, though it had nothing to do with the scooping.)
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: taradawn on January 28, 2011, 03:16 AM
I got little inklings via email because my editor sent my agent updates on her process with the book. Once a week we heard from her--that she was initially interested, that she was taking it to acquisitions, that she apologized for the process being so slow (but it seemed quick to me). When she sent my agent the offer, my agent called me. So hints via email, news via telephone.
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on January 28, 2011, 09:20 AM
I'm agented so there's usually a papertrail of e-mails leading up to the sale but my agent always calls me when the deal becomes official so we can squee on the phone together. She knows I'm a phone-a-phobe, though, and I MUCH prefer e-mail but I certainly don't mind squee-worthy phonecalls.  :EmoticonPhone:
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on January 28, 2011, 09:25 AM
Hey, Tara! My picture book is coming out in 2013, too. It seemed so far away when it was accepted in 2009 but time is flying. Kinda. LOL
Title: Re: How did those of you with published PBs receive the good news?
Post by: 217mom on January 28, 2011, 10:09 AM
An Email asking to set a phone call... How's that for covering most of the bases?
The call came on the dot the next day.