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Road to Publication Update

Saturday, March 1, 2008

I’ve reached my first deadline for the book that’s under contract, which is now entitled Stand-In Groom. I filled out a questionnaire about the characters, settings, themes, and recurring symbols in the story for the graphic designers to start working on a cover. I’ve sent them my one-paragraph summary, my one-page summary, and my new headshots (see numbers 1, 3, 4, & 8 here).

Yesterday, my agent (Chip) forwarded me an e-mail from the editor in which the editor asked if I could have the completed manuscript of the second novel, Menu for Romance (excerpt of the first chapter is here), to them by November 1, because she’s going to be talking to the marketing people about getting it on the pub list for the Fall 2009 season (Stand-In Groom is still slated for a January 2009 release). Since they’d already mentioned that they would be interested in looking at the second book, I’d set myself the deadline of having the manuscript written and ready to be turned in by the end of June.

I’m supposed to be receiving the edits back from Barbour sometime in the next few days so that I can revise the manuscript and get it all polished up and sent back to them by the April 1st deadline. For April 1, I also have to give them a list of three authors I would compare my style to, one to three “key issues” included in the story “that may help someone help a friend in need through the softened message of fiction,” and write my dedication and acknowledgments. I think I may also be getting three proposed covers to look at some time in April. I don’t have power of approval or veto, but from what other Barbour authors have said, they really listen to their author’s opinions on the covers and have been known to completely redesign them if the author thinks none of them work. With all of the very specific information I included in my questionnaire, I’m really hoping this won’t be a problem.

Chip also heard back from an editor I met at the ACFW conference in Dallas last September about the proposal for Ransome’s Honor. This is the publishing house that came this close to putting me under contract for a “small-town fiction” book Chip had suggested I try writing–and that was based on just the first three chapters: the first draft that I’d sent to Chip just for feedback! The editor said she (and the other editors) really likes my writing style, but feels the beginning of Ransome’s Honor needs a little bit of work before they would be able to take it to their publishing board. She ended the (very long) e-mail by saying, “One thing that [the senior editor] said was that it seems that if Kaye came on board that she might have a long career with us. She seems to be full of stories and a talented writer.” So Chip and I feel confident that with just a little work, that series might sell soon as well.

That’s what’s happening on the publication front. More later!

  1. Carol Collett permalink
    Saturday, March 1, 2008 7:50 pm

    exciting times for you


  2. Sunday, March 2, 2008 12:27 pm

    What Carol said. 🙂 Excellent news about RH, too.

    So… because you have until November to complete MFR, will you take advantage of that time?


  3. Sunday, March 2, 2008 1:00 pm

    I’m going to stick to my plan of having it turned in by the end of June.


  4. Sunday, March 2, 2008 4:37 pm

    Congrats, Kaye. That’s very exciting!


  5. Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:12 pm

    Exciting times! I can say I knew you when….


  6. Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:55 pm

    Yup, you’re on the cusp of big things! Write, girl, write!


  7. Sunday, March 2, 2008 8:10 pm

    AWESOME news on the Ransome front!


  8. Monday, March 3, 2008 11:02 am

    Wow! Lots going on. Good news on Ransome’s Honor. Thanks for sharing your journey to publication. Very interesting.


  9. Monday, March 3, 2008 5:47 pm

    Can I say I’m jealous 😀 That’s so great. I love hearing your good news. Gets me even more inspired to keep writing and keep searching for an editor/agent.


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