Saturday, July 23, 2005

My life has changed a lot since my last entry.

I guess I should just come out and say it: I was offered a two book deal on Thursday. By the editor of my dreams.

I am stunned and grateful and excited and relieved and pretty damn giddy. The last few months have been full of publishing frustrations, so that makes this all the more sweet.

I got the good news in a hotel room in San Francisco, with my daughter, my sister, and my niece around to watch me sink to the bed and cry and tremble and laugh like a maniac. It was so wonderful to share that moment with them. Both my agent and my (yay!) new editor happen to have their own satellite offices in San Francisco, so we were all able to meet for lunch on Friday at the gorgeous Boulette's Larder. We drank melon spritzers that got more and more flavorful with each sip, and stared at each other in amazement, and kvelled over the timing of it all.

Aren't the names Anika and Arielle wonderful?! They are such incredible women, and I am so lucky to be able to work with both of them.

Self Storage will be published by Ballantine, Spring 2007. My next novel should come out a year or two later. I have a lot of writing and revision ahead of me, but I am looking forward to all of it.

11 comments:

haze said...

I just wanted to say congratulations!

B. Kelley-Lossada said...

FABULOUS!!!! :)

gayle said...

Thank you so much! I'm very excited. It's so kind of you to share in the celebration!

dick and eula said...

ATTAGO & Congraturelation!
We're all so proud of you.
Hugs and kisses...
(including from Diane and Paul)

gayle said...

Sending hugs and kisses back to all of you! Thanks so much for all of your support! Let's talk soon...

Damian McNicholl said...

Gayle,
Congratulations. As a fellow writer, I am absolutely thrilled for you and could easily imagine your joy. I've been watching your journey through this publishing maze with interest. Have just come back from a bit of a tour in Los Angeles and you've given me much to be hopeful about because I'll be going through this whole process very soon, which I'm not looking forward to. My next book is different to the current one and I'm bracing myself to start sending it out to agents, though because it's set in London I've been told it'll tougher to place. Good luck!

gayle said...

Thanks so much, Damian! I'm sorry I wasn't in town when you were in LA--it would have been great to see you. I'm eager to see what will happen with your new book. I loved A Son Called Gabriel, and look forward to more of your work!

Left-handed Trees... said...

Congratulations on the acceptance and let me say that I have LOVED your work up to this point and am very excited for the newest release! I also wanted you to know that your honesty about the process of getting this newest book published was inspiring to me. I have a couple of editors who have solicited my first novel manuscript(due in this fall), but I know not to take anything for granted and just keep going. I appreciate your blog and your lyrical writing...Consider me a true fan!

gayle said...

Thank you so much for your sweet and generous words, C. Delia. I agree--it's so important not to take anything for granted in this business (in this life, too!) It helps make the highs all the more magical, I think! I wish you the best of luck with your novel!

asia said...

Congratulations Gayle! I just wanted to say it was inspiring to meet you in Nevada and I wish you the best of luck with your writing.

gayle said...

Thank you so much! It was wonderful to meet you and your mom at the conference (and I'm glad to have the URL for your blog, now!) Please keep in touch (and good luck with your writing, too)!