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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

O My Frigg’n G!!!!

A lot has happened since turning the "Dirty Thirty," a rollercoaster of emotions that has kept me on the edge of my seat and chewing on furniture. (don’t ask) While I’ve been talking smack via Blogger and Twitter, a lot of wheeling and dealings transpired behind the scenes: revisions, phone conferences, revisions, networking, waiting, revisions, email-tag, more waiting, revisions, editorial meetings, and let’s not forget REVISIONS! Top that off with catching the plague and that sums up the past year up until the present. Thankfully, the worst is over and my tribulation is at an end…for now.

Ladies, gentlemen, and those still undecided, I have great news. It’s AMAZING news actually, but I’m still in a state of shock and heavy doses of Nyquil to convey my excitement properly. I proudly announce that my manuscript has been sold to Dafina Books (an imprint of Kensington) in a 3-book deal. I’d like to thank Selena James for taking a chance on a first-timer with an overactive imagination.

It’s been a long, grueling process that stretched my faith and writing muscles to its limits, but it was worth the trial and errors to give my story a home. Finally, I am able to talk about my book (summary revealed in next post) and give Pamela Harris her interview. ( I haven’t forgotten about you.)

So many people have supported me this past year: friends and family waving pom-poms, editors offering priceless advice, betas displaying saintly patience, followers who are just as crazy as I am, but most of all, an agent who is heaven sent.

Kathleen Ortiz has talked me off the ledge more times than I can count and has gone beyond the call of duty of representation. Her determination and loyalty to her clients is nothing short of divine, and those lucky enough to sign with her find a rare gem indeed.

At first, I didn’t want to make this announcement. Believe it or not, I’m extremely shy and I hate to boast about anything. But I feel this will give others encouragement to keep writing and keep pressing forward—no matter how many rejection letters they get, no matter how many people say they can’t do it. It’s a test to see how strong you are and the training is beyond necessary for what lies ahead. Even though I’ve overcome many obstacles, plenty more wait for me behind the open door of opportunity. For now, I will celebrate each victory as it comes and I invite all of you to join me.

Cheers!!!

29 comments:

  1. Wow, congratulations! I'm just one of those crazy followers on Twitter, but it's obvious how hard you work. You deserve this. :)

    Also, thank you for posting about it. It really is inspiring to us aspiring authors. :)

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  2. OMG!!! Jaime, you are fantastic!!! So, so many congratulations to you and of course, Kathleen! I'm so insanely excited for you. AAHHH! <3

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  3. Just saying congrats sounds lame and insufficient, but it's all I can think of, so, Congrats!! Can't wait to hear about the story!

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  4. Thanks guys! I mean it. Love u madly!!

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  5. Yay, congratulations! That's so, so wonderful!

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  6. So awesome!!! Congratulations! A 3-book-deal, woohoo! I'm a new follower and excited to read your posts throughout the process. :) *two geeky thumbs up and a cheesy grin*

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  7. So, so, SO happy for you!! That's a great belated b-day present. :) You go girl!

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  8. Huge congrats to you! That's stellar news!!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  9. That is so awesome!!!!! Wonderful! Fab!! Can't wait to see the book!

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  10. AWWWW What great news, Jaime! Can't wait to hear all about your books!

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  11. When is the celebratory party? And by celebratory party, I mean drunken reverie. And, uh... By drunken reverie, I kinda mean Bacchanalian orgy. So yeah.

    Congratulations. You deserve it.

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  12. EEK, congratulations! This is *huge* news!

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  13. WOW! Congratulations! That's just freak'n fantastic!

    I've been following since your "Dream a Little Dream" post and what I've gathered so far is that you're just a whole lot of awesome and really deserve it!

    I found your blog through querying Kathleen, and now she's requested a partial and after seeing what you say about her I'm REALLY glad she did.

    Thanks for sharing the news, it's so exciting to hear about something great like this happening for another writer.

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  14. Thanks Alex and good luck with your partial. Kathleen is awesome, very hands-on and personal.

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  15. Congratulations! You're an inspiration :) Truly.

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  16. Congratulations! You should turn dirty thirty more often, I think it looks good on you! :D

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  17. That's so wonderful! Congratulations!

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  18. Congratulations!

    I just wandered in off Kathleen's page. Looking forward to the book, in a "little" while :)

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  19. Boast, boast, boast!!!!
    That's amazing news, so congratulations!

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  20. Congratz!! Oh YES, you definitely have to "boast" because it encourages us unpublished plebes who haven't reached that point yet. And we like to celebrate with the ones who've made it! You go girl! Your book sounds very intriguing.

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  21. And a brand new life begins. Happy birth day!

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  22. Late to the party. Found the news on another blog, came straight over here. CONGRATS!!

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