Signed, Scanned, and Delivered...

10:59 AM Elizabeth Seckman 21 Comments

I always imagined the day I signed a publishing contract would be a magical sort of time. You know, the glimmering writing fairy would show up and ceremoniously hand me a golden pen and I'd sign while birds sang...

Well, it went more like this...my husband (who is my voice of reason) read over the contract with a microscope and  questioned every clause and option pestering my logic resistant brain with questions...

And my kids? They were more concerned with...

Did I buy more milk?

Did I check homework?

Did I wash clothes and where were the clean underwear?

No...almost...and yes, but it's all still in baskets.

So, it wasn't fairy dust laden, but it was memorable.

My guys took me out to a celebration dinner and offered a bounty of advice....pen names that could be shared with strippers and some marketing ideas that could land me in jail. I also got a balloon gram from my nieces (thanks Kari and Stacey) and gifts from my mom as we took a moment and missed my dad, but quickly decided he was happy dancing with us.

So, that's officially how I came to sign with World Castle Publishing for the sale of my first book, "Past Due".

World Castle is a small press owned and operated by Karen Fuller. I googled Karen before I ever talked to her and decided I liked her when I read she was a NASCAR fan. Now, I honestly don't know a single thing about racing, but I'm inclined to think a lady in the publishing world that lists speeding cars over wine drinking as 'her thing' is my kind of people. And after I spoke with Karen, I am certain I made the right assumption. World Castle is Karen's baby and she has put her life's savings and her soul into making it a success. And I'm flattered she wants me on board.

 With God's grace, I hope I can be a blessing to a lady who is willing to take gamble on this untried author.


'Author photo'. Not sure if cute pooch was required, but I added him just in case.





21 comments:

  1. Wahoo!!!!! And I love the pooch in the photo. Nice touch. :)

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  2. Well, at least was a memorable moment lol! Congratulations to you, World Castle Publishing sounds like a great place to be signed to!

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  3. @Thanks. I must say, Karen was super nice and helpful, so I am hopeful.
    @Cassie, he is a cutie...I kinda have a stupid smirk, but it's the best shot of Grizzly.

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  4. I'm happy dancing with you! That is AMAZING news!
    Congrats to you, Elizabeth!!!!

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  5. Thanks Emily. :) Now I must go play some angry birds and eat some chocolate.

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  6. oh wow! how awesome. I remember just last week on the bloghop I posted how great your writing was and you responded with how much it was needed cause you were down and out having added more rejections to the pile....sound familiar? (I am in the right place, right?- otherwise I sound like a fool! ahaha) I might be leaning on you when I begin my query process and the anxiety that comes with it! this is soooo amazing! I told you, you rocked! I am sooo happy for you. I got to say I want to hear more. for all of us trying to make it...when you find time could you post about how much you've written, how long, and what happened when you got an agent interested? Maybe I should make sure you haven't already posted that. haha- okay so I'm going to stop since this is turning into a novel.

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! BIG HUGS!!!!

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    1. You're in the right place Amber...and I just finished a post for you.

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  7. Congratulations! And yes, I think the pooch in the picture is a great touch.

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    1. Thanks. He's supposed to be a hunting dog, but I've babied him into a lap dog. :)

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  8. Hey! You're a writer. You can write your own fairy dust into the scene. Congrats on the contract!

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    1. Fairy dust it is. With your way of thinking, I'm ten pounds lighter too!

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  9. Grit, That is totally awesome!!!! I always knew you would get a contract. Can't wait to get the first of many wonderful books by you...my friend since kindergarten..... Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thanks Ronna! Couldn't have made it through kindergarten or algebra or chemistry or physics or geometry without you!!!

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  10. I want to hear the pen names/stripper names! Your boys sound like so much fun. They remind me of my brothers growing up. Congrats on the book deal. It's so fun to be able to congratulate other authors. Hopefully, I won't be far behind you.

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  11. Hehe...I will share their idea for pen name/ marketing tip...write under the name Aerin Aaronson so I can be first on the Amazon book list.
    And Jessie, you are well on your way!

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  12. Whoa. I just saw this- thanks to your Honey Boo Boo Child link that led me here! So happy for you. Big Congratultions!!

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    1. Thanks Linda. That means a lot coming from a talented lady like yourself.

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  13. Congratulations! What a perfect title for your first book contract: Past Due!

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    1. LOL!! Never thought of it...but you're so right! How fitting. :)

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