April 18th, 2007
Now The Real Work Begins

I want to thank everyone for the lovely well-wishes that have been sent my way both publicly and privately. 🙂 This sale is definitely a surprise. Not quite as big a one as the Tor sale was for me, but it’s right up there. I never expected to write for either one of these publishers because I never imagined that my work would fit at either house. That of course got me thinking about how constructive those thoughts are to building a career. The answer is–they’re not.

I submitted both manuscripts to Tor and Harlequin with the belief that they were long-shots at best. And they were. But so are submissions to any other publishing house. That’s just the nature of this crazy business. For some reason though, I put Harlequin and Tor into a special category. Made them even more unobtainable. The fact that I landed deals with both houses makes me wonder how many other times I’ve done the same thing without realizing it. :-/

Have you purposely dismissed an idea, a publishing house, an agent, etc. because you thought there wasn’t a snowballs chance in hell of developing it or getting them? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.

With all the good news comes a load of work. 🙂 I found out yesterday that I will be receiving edits from Tor and Harlequin next month. I also have Ellora’s Cave edits coming up in June…or sooner. I guess what I’m saying is that I may be a little scarce for a while until I get these books turned around. Speaking of which, I’m off to do more edits on the urban fantasy. Have a great day. I’ll check back later. 🙂

18 comments to “Now The Real Work Begins”

  1. I had thought I’d never sell to Harlequin. But then I had a recent epiphany and realized why I hadn’t sold there in the past; it was because I didn’t “get” what category was, even though I’d been reading it for years. I get it now. That makes a world of difference.

    And yes, I’ve re-evaluated! Have fun working. : )

  2. Jordan! I just heard!!! I’m so excited! Congratulations on the sales, but particularly the one to Blaze!!!

  3. Jordan, I never thought I’d be writing for Silhouete. Never. Ever. And hear I am…writing a fab series for them.

  4. Charli, Thta’s an interesting point. Maybe it does boil down to understanding what category is before you can write one. Glad to hear you’ve re-evaluated. 😉

  5. Thank you, Julie!!! 😀 Yep, I can’t believe that I’ll be joining such a terrific club. You, Jo, Jill and Alison are some of my favorite writers. 🙂 Drops to knees for a Wayne’s World moment. I’m not worthy. 😉

  6. Vivi, I hear you. It’s amazing how things turn out. 🙂

  7. Jenny R. mentioned your sale on her Lit Soup website. Does she sell the initial proposal for you, or are you pretty much on your own during the query stage?

  8. ((((JORDAN!!))) Chiming in late with a HUGE congratulations. This is fantastic news! Not having to handle multiple edits at the same time, per say, but the sale itself. You’ve worked so hard and now you’re with two publishers and soaring. This is truly inspiring. :)Congrats, Jordan.

  9. Congrats, Jordan!

    I don’t have Harlequin on my list. I so don’t write anything remotely connected to romance. But a big house like Tor (Tor Forge) would be fun – if they still accept unangented submissions once I get one of those NiPs finished, I’ll send it to them.

  10. Bernard, I’m not sure what you mean by your question. Authors send their agents proposals. Agents shop proposals. They don’t query in the same way that authors do. They may phone the editors that they have in mind for a specific type of book to see if they’re interested, then if they say yes, they’ll send the partial to them. Is that what you’re asking?

  11. Thanks Beth! It’s been a long time coming. 🙂

  12. Gabriele, Thank you! 🙂 Keep in mind Harlequin has the Luna line, which isn’t romance per se. I’m sure you’ll find the right house for your work. 🙂

  13. But Luna wants female MCs, and they’re not getting them from me, lol.

  14. Gabriele, You’ll find the right thing. 🙂

  15. That’s what I was asking, thanks.

  16. Bernard, Good. Just making sure. 🙂 A huge part of an agent’s job is to make contacts within the publishing industry. There are certain editors that agents prefer to work with more than others, but they do try to have a wide variety of contacts. It gives them (and you) a better chance at selling your work. Like any business, some agents are liked more than others. Depending on where your representation falls in this spectrum determines where and how well your work will be received.

  17. Jordan, you are SO worthy!

  18. Julie, (((Hugs)))