It’s the dream of every writer trying to publish their manuscript has… receiving the contract. Looking down at the black and white, printed ink, their name and the words hereinafter referred to as AUTHOR.
You comb through the contract, reading every single word over and over again, sometimes out loud so you fully understand every thing the publisher is asking you to agree to. Maybe you hire a lawyer to look it over, or have a trusted friend who is already published and has been exactly where you are now look through it. The excitement is, at times, overwhelming, but welcomed, and you might even consider going out and buying a frame to frame the signature page in and hang it on your wall.
After the first contract offer was dropped and I declined the second, each day was an emotional rollercoaster. Up one day, thinking I made the right choice of sticking to my guns, and down the next, wondering if I doomed myself. Receiving two other rejections didn’t help the matter either. I stalked my email so much that I thought my email accounts were going to file charges against me. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t have any ‘what the blue heck did I do?’ moments. I did. At least a few. But in those moments of weakness, I would remind myself that it was a good choice and then distracted myself with dishes, laundry, or manuscript #2.
And then finally, the emails came. One offer and then a another. While they are both good publishers with excellent reviews, I know what one I chose. This publisher has beautiful covers that represent the market and place of my novel, and the owner’s communication is wonderful. I’m quite pleased. My gut is telling me who is right and why not listen now when in the past it’s told me exactly what I needed to hear. I have, at times, not listened to my gut and the outcome hasn’t been pretty. More importantly, though, of course, the contract is solid. I’ve been over it with a fine tooth comb, done hours of research, looked over laws, asked questions, etc. In addition, a friend of mine introduced me to another author who has several books published with them. She had nothing but good words to say about the owner, the editors, and the cover artist and was extremely helpful.
Today, the contract was emailed to me for my electronic signature and with a deep breath and a little squeal I signed it! My book is finally, after nearly four years, under contract to publish with Soul Mate Publishing!