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What I Always Wanted for Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I’m getting kind of spoiled these last two Christmases by getting my main gift a few weeks early. Last year, my parents sent me a brand-new computer and flat-panel monitor just after Thanksgiving. They knew I’d been having trouble with my old one, and they were getting new (Vista) computers, so Daddy just splurged and bought new ones for all of us (thank goodness mine came with XP, though!). Considering I spend 80–90% of the time I’m home on that computer, it was one of those “just what I always wanted” kind of gifts: unasked for and unexpected but greatly appreciated.

This year, I got my gift on December 6—something I’ve been wanting for even longer than I wanted a new computer, and something, again, totally unexpected.

I got a phone call.

Yep, that’s right. My Christmas gift, the one I’ve been wanting, dreaming of for years and years and years, came in a phone call at 1:00 in the afternoon, Thursday, December 6, 2007. It was a call from my agent, Chip MacGregor, to tell me that a publisher wants my contemporary inspirational romance novel, Happy Endings Inc. with an option of picking up the subsequent books in the series.

Having had a “false positive” with another publisher that said they wanted to buy a different manuscript (met with one of their senior editors, proposal went all the way to pub board and it took them three weeks to make the decision to pass on it), I was excited but still a little reticent about announcing it publicly. I did tell my closest friends, but asked them to keep it secret for the time being, as I wanted to be able to surprise my parents and grandmother with the news for Christmas. Because not only was this the gift I’ve always wanted, it’s the give I’ve always wanted to give to them.

Chip told me that there was a possibility we might get the contract before Christmas, but not to depend on it before mid-January. But on Wednesday, December 19, I received the contract. Thursday, December 20, 2007, on my lunch break from work, I went home and called Chip and went through each point of the terms.

Now that it’s signed, sealed, and (soon-to-be) delivered, and since I’ve given my parents and grandmother a mocked-up book cover with a coming soon message on it, I can freely announce here that Happy Endings Inc. will be published by Barbour Publishing in January 2009! (At least, that’s the tentative release date.)

In some ways, it still doesn’t feel real. And I guess it probably won’t until I’m actually holding the real book in my hands, or when I see it on the shelf at Barnes & Noble or Lifeway for the first time.

I’ve had a lot of folks asking me what series I plan to run on my blog in 2008. I will still be running Fiction Writing Series throughout the year (so send your suggestions for topics you’d like to see), but I’ll also be keeping you up-to-date on my journey on the road to becoming a published author.

Merry Christmas!

19 Comments
  1. Tuesday, December 25, 2007 12:16 pm

    Congratulations, Kaye! I’m thrilled to death for you! Celebrate, girl! You’ve earned it.

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  2. Tuesday, December 25, 2007 1:15 pm

    Hi Kaye! I came from Erica’s page. Congratulations!

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  3. Wednesday, December 26, 2007 9:16 am

    WOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    Could I “borrow” your coming soon announcement and post it on my blog? 😉

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  4. Wednesday, December 26, 2007 10:39 am

    I, too, came from Erica’s page. Good news spreads like wild fire, and I am thrilled for you. Congratulations

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  5. Wednesday, December 26, 2007 2:08 pm

    So happy for you! I wasn’t sure if you had published a novel or not. Now I know–you’re on your way. What exciting news. I would be ecstatic at getting a Christmas present like that. Congratulations!!!!

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  6. Wednesday, December 26, 2007 3:29 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I’d love to announce the news on my blog too.

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  7. Friday, December 28, 2007 12:29 pm

    Congratulations Kaye!!!!!!!!!! I’m putting this one on my blog too. Do keep us posted. Woo-hoo!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Friday, December 28, 2007 4:19 pm

    Congrats Kaye! Long time coming, girl. You’ve earned it!! Yay!!! Merry Christmas indeed!

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  9. Friday, December 28, 2007 4:30 pm

    Kaye, I’m dancing inside! What a spectacular way for the Lord to send you a Christmas kiss!

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  10. Friday, December 28, 2007 4:32 pm

    Kaye, what WONDERFUL news! I’m thrilled for you, and such a great Christmas gift to GIVE! I like that sentiment! This next year will FLY by and you’ll be holding that book in your hands before you know it.

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  11. Friday, December 28, 2007 7:01 pm

    MERRY CHRISTMAS of the best kind! I’m so happy for you, Kaye. Way to go! Merry Christmas to you. Merry Christmas to you. Merry Christmas dear Kaayyye… Mer-ry Christmas to you! And many more…
    Okay, okay so that’s a birthday tune, but who cares. It works. *smiling*
    I can’t wait to read your book. It sounds fantastic!!!
    God bless you as you endeavor to serve Him through your writing.
    Debra Ullrick

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  12. Friday, December 28, 2007 8:36 pm

    Happy day! Thanks for sharing, and congrats!

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  13. Friday, December 28, 2007 9:53 pm

    I am so very happy for you Kaye! Congratulations!!!

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  14. Friday, December 28, 2007 11:35 pm

    Woot woot! It was only a matter of time. You’ve worked so hard, enjoy your success!

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  15. Friday, December 28, 2007 11:44 pm

    So excited for you, Kaye! And please, yes, do let us peak into the journey to published-book-in-hand.

    I know the first book is done–what about the sequels?

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  16. Saturday, December 29, 2007 11:49 am

    Kaye,

    Congratulatons! I’m so excited for you. What genre is your book? I look forward to hearing more about your journey. I’ll announce it on our F.A.I.T.H. blog this morning. I heard it on the historical loop.

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  17. Monday, December 31, 2007 9:45 am

    Kaye, congratulations!! I love God’s timing. 🙂 I’ll be eagerly awaiting my copy!

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  18. Monday, December 31, 2007 2:04 pm

    Congrats! So excited for you!

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  19. Missy Tippens permalink
    Monday, December 31, 2007 2:15 pm

    I just heard your news from Jennifer Taylor. Congrats, Kaye! So excited for you. 🙂

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