Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My BIG News. :)

I honestly never thought I'd write this post. But here I am, my fingers shaking, palms sweating, a huge smile on my face.

Let me start at the beginning. Well, a few weeks back I guess. As you all know, I parted ways with my agent at the beginning of this month. Well, a few weeks later, I decided to submit my Fairy Tale book to a few small publishers I'd heard good things about. I couldn't shake the feeling that my book was good enough to sell. I got three publishers to request the full within hours. I didn't really expect that, but I was excited. So, fast forward two days later. I got an offer for not just Fairy Tale, but the sequel as well. TWO BOOKS! They wanted TWO! I got another offer a few days later from a different press, that I politely declined and received the nicest rejection I've ever gotten from the third publisher.

So, it's official now. Last night I accepted the two book offer from Crescent Moon Press. I've heard great things about them and am SO excited to be joining their group of talented authors!

I've had such a crazy journey with this book. Full of ups and downs. And you know what? A small publisher is exactly what I need right now. With my young family, there is no way I could go on big book tours the big publishers do. Especially with a baby coming in the fall. I'm so happy there are so many options for writers now and am SO thankful Crescent Moon is taking a chance on me. 

I can't believe I'm actually going to hold my book in my hands. I knew my book was different. I knew it was fun and quirky and serious at the same time. If that makes any sense. I also knew it needed to fit in with a publisher who understood how special and different it was. And Crescent Moon loves it. That's all that matters. And I can't wait to share it with you guys. You might not love it, but I can dream, right? ;)

Anyway, thank you SO much to all of you for believing in me. You guys are the ones who inspire me to keep going. Thank you for that. You have no idea how much your comments and kind words mean to me.

So, bottom line. Never, EVER give up.

*grins* :) 

104 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats on the deal. That is great. Can't wait to see them in print.

Angie said...

How wonderful! Congratulations, Chantele. I'm so happy for you!

Peggy Eddleman said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Congratulations!!!! I am so very happy for you! That's so exciting!!

That takes such bravery to part with your agent. I'm so proud of you for knowing what the right step was, and taking the leap to do it! I couldn't be happier for you! So exciting!!!!

Do you know when it's going to come out yet?

Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!

Cassie Mae said...

Oh my freaking flying monkey fruitbats!!!! This is amazing Chantele! I can't wait to hold your book in MY hands.

And Crescent Moon?? Holy mother of a garbage can, that is awesome!!!!

Melanie Fowler said...

So so soooo happy!!!

Nisa said...

Ohhhhh! YES! I am so excited for you. Congratulations!!!!!!!

Miss Cole said...

Congratulations!

Jessica R. Patch said...

Woohoo! Congrats! :)

Michelle Merrill said...

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's SO awesome Chantele! Congratulations. I can't wait to read it :)

Tobi Summers said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't wait to read it! :-)

Em said...

When can I buy it? I think I'll need about 40 copies.

Kelley Vitollo said...

Yay! Congrats again!

Natalie said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting. :)

Shallee said...

YAAYYYYYYYY!!! So excited for you, Chantele, congratulations!

J. A. Bennett said...

SQUEEEE!!!! This is the best news ever! I am seriously so happy for you!!!

Ruth Josse said...

I'm bawling right now. And I've told you how I can't cry! So very happy for you and that your quirky little book found the perfect home. :)

YAY!!!!!!!!!

Cherie Reich said...

Yay!!! Congratulations! That's fantastic news. :D

Angela Cothran said...

This totally made my day!!! Cassie already sent flying monkey fruitbats your way so I'll just send you cyber hugs!!!

I can't wait to read it :) Now you will have to do a post on why you decided to go with a small press. I'm dying to know!

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats!!!!! I'm so excited for you and I'm glad you found the place you need to be right now. Yay!!!!

Kathryn said...

Congrats Chantele! What great news! Looking forward to hearing more about it! :)

Amanda Olivieri said...

AHHHHHHHH!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! *throws confetti* I'm so, SO happy and excited for you! Yay!! :D

Cristina said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! this is my favorite kind of news!!!!!

I can't wait to read it!!

Meredith said...

YAY!! Congratulations!!

Patti said...

That is so exciting. Congratulations. I guess when one door closes another opens rings true here.

I've been thinking about small press as well, so this was a great post for me to read.

Jessie Humphries said...

Chantele u deserve this Soooo much! I am over the moon for u!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

So so so happy for you! This is amazing news. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Kyra Lennon said...

Congratulations, this is fantastic!

i'm erin. said...

Wow! I can't tell you how excited I am for you. This is awesome and I can't wait to buy it as soon as it's on the stands. If you need a headshot...gimme a call. I have a pretty good camera:)

Emily R. King said...

YAY! Congrats, Chantele!!!!!!!!!! :D

Sarah Pearson said...

Congratulations Chantele, this is absolutely fantastic news!

Renee Collins said...

WOOOOO!!!!! I can't wait to BUY your book, Chantele! :D

Shelley Sly said...

Congratulations!! I'm very excited for you!

I hear really great things about small presses. I'm looking into them as well and found several I would be happy with.

Wishing your book the greatest success!

Melissa Hurst said...

Congratulations!!!

Leigh Covington said...

YAHOOOOOO!!!! It's official! I'm so excited for you Chan! This is perfect and I know your book rocks! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!!!!

Katie Dodge said...

I knew this book would sell! I knew it! SO stinkin' happy for you. You are an inspiration to me, my friend!!!! (Oh, and props to you on cracking the robot Ruth.;)

Sara B. Larson said...

That is such amazing news!! HUGE congrats! I can't wait to buy your book!! :D

Jenilyn Tolley said...

Congratulations!! Such happy news!

Kate said...

Congrats!!!

Miriam Forster said...

Renee sent me over here to congratulate you! So CONGRATULATIONS ! That's wonderful news and I'm so happy for you! *tosses confetti*

Jennifer Hillier said...

Fantastic! So, so happy for you! Congratulations!

Jordan McCollum said...

Congratulations!!!

(Oh, and congratulations on the baby, too! I didn't know about that! Ugh, I've been away from my feed reader too long.)

Samantha said...

Words cannot even express how excited I am right now!!! Congratulations! You most definitely deserve it :)

Veronica Bartles said...

Congratulations!

Heidi Carson said...

Congratulations. Isn't that the best when you get that publishing validation? Please let us know the release date.

Nick Wilford said...

Brilliant!! Congratulations! :)

And what a turnaround in fortunes in such a short time, too.

Kelsey said...

CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you hon :) It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

Keep us updated, missy!

Nichole Giles said...

This is such fantastic news! I'm so very excited for you. Congratulations. Time to celebrate!

Kati said...

Amazing!! I am so excited for you. You have worked so hard and you deserve it!

J.R. Johansson said...

Congratulations, Chantele! I'm so excited for you! :) Yay!!!

prerna pickett said...

woohoo! That's so awesome!

Cynthia Lee said...

Congratulations!! That's wonderful. You deserve this success absolutely.

Robin Weeks said...

So cool! I'm so excited did you! You must be over the moon. Congratulations!

Suey said...

AWESOME!

David P. King said...

I just jumped for you!

That's AWESOME! Congratulations (and that amazing how quick these three publishers responded to you)! Wonder. Do give us a release date soon, okay?

Charlie Holmberg said...

Congrats! Such good news, let us know when they're available to buy!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Oh congratulations Chantele. Amazing news for an amazing person *hugs.

Susan Oloier said...

That is absolutely fantastic! Congratulations, Chantele!!!!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

If I didn't have the kind of flu that makes every muscle in your body ache I would be dancing in my living room for you! I am SO happy for you. Way to not give up!

Krista V. said...

Wonderful news, Chantele! Congratulations! I was sorry to hear you and your agent parted ways, but it sounds like it was for the best, anyway. Good luck with this new leg of your journey.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

So many congratulations!! That is such great news!

Nick Hight said...

Wooo! Congrats, that's incredibly news! :)

Heidi said...

Congratulations! That's so wonderful!

Meredith said...

Congratulations!!! That's so exciting!!! And two books--I can't wait to read them!

Aun-Juli said...

CONGRATULATIONS! :D

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! :) I'm so excited for you.

Megan said...

Oh wow, Chantele- HUGE congratulations to you!! What amazing news; can't wait to read about all that will follow. On the heels of your good news comes something incredible- this Friday is National Critique Partner Appreciation Day (my newly invented holiday)!!

Jolene Perry said...

SO GLAD IT"S OFFICIAL!!!!!!!

WOOHOO!!!!!

Melanie Sherman said...

Awesome. I'm so happy for you.

JEFritz said...

This is the best news ever! Congratulations! No, that's not enough. Triple congratulations!

Brooke R. Busse said...

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE! Oh, Chantele, this is great, marvelous, amazing! Ever since I read what your book was about, I've wanted to read it! And now it's going to happen.

I'm sending you an email by the way. ^^

Lorena said...

It's so refreshing to hear good news like this (after we all go through so many rejections in our careers!) Congratulations and I'm glad you found a publisher who gets and loves your writing!

Best of luck with the books!
Lorena

Kadie Kinney said...

So excited and happy for you! Congrats congrats congrats! I can't wait to read it!

Mark Koopmans said...

Amen, Sister Chantele, amen:)

Good on *you* for never giving up :)

Myrna Foster said...

I am so happy for you! :o)

I think that sometimes writers forget that they can submit directly to publishers. There are more editors out there than there are agents.

Ellen Brickley said...

Congratulations Chantele! That's wonderful news. I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your publishing journey :)

Kelley said...

Congratulations!!!! How awesome is this?!?!!?

Nancy said...

That is fantastic news. Books and babies, sounds like it is going to be a good year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! I think you'll enjoy being with a small publisher. Lots of perks.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Congratulations! Once is not enough.

Congratulations! Twice is not enough.

Congratulations!

Monica B.W. said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! That's sooooo awesome!!! And I'm sooo happy for you, hun!!! A big fat hug, and I'll be looking forward to the release!!
<3333

elizabeth seckman said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I too am loving the small press route. The publisher actually cares what I have to say and treats me like I am a valued asset! That beats a big book tour any day!

Can't wait to buy it (there you sold one...just a million more to go!)

Candice said...

Such great news! I'm so glad you found the right home for your book, and I can't wait to buy a copy!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!! How wonderful and exciting and fabulous! Yea!!!

Jenny S. Morris said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is SO exciting!! I'm glad you didn't give up. And I can't wait to read your books. So doing the happy dance for you.

Carol Riggs said...

WOW, hugeous congrats!!!!!! I saw the link on Emily King's blog and had to come over and bounce up and down with you. How exciting! Sure--there is nothing wrong with a small press, and often there are benefits to one, as you mention. I hope your story inspires writers not to give up. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Squeeee! :D

Congratulations, Chantele!

Laura Barnes said...

Amazing news! Congrats!! (I'm new here. Hi!:)

The Desert Rocks said...

That is so wonderful Chantele. I'm so happy for you!

ali cross said...

What happy, HAPPY news Chantele! Congratulations!!

I loved your post too--about finding a publisher that loves your book as much as you do. I'm sure we will love it too!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Thank you SO much everyone!!

Amber Argyle, author said...

I knew it would happen for you!!!! Yayayyayayayayayay!

Lynda R Young said...

That is so wonderful to hear! Congratulations!!

Julianne Donaldson said...

I love your success story! It's very similar to mine. And even though I wasn't initially thinking of searching out a small publisher, I love it. It's better to be with someone who adores you than with someone who's just putting up with you. So big congratulations!!

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Congrats!! You can't go wrong with Crescent Moon Press, so nice and friendly, and the author community is so supportive!!

Again, Congrats and have fun with the journey!

Dottie :)

Angela Brown said...

You can never have too many of thesel CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so thrilled and happy for you. This is wonderful and you deserve it.

Can't wait for your novel to make it's way into the world.

Juliana said...

I'm hopping here from Leigh's blog to say CONGRATS!
It's always great to hear about successful stories ;)

inluvwithwords said...

Congratulations! Sounds like this is the best thing for you in so many ways ;)

Julie said...

Hi Chantele! I just discovered your blog through Emily King's site and wanted to say congratulations!! I'm so glad to have found your site and look forward to following along on your publishing journey. The book sounds fantastic. Congrats!!! :)

Deana said...

This is wonderful news!!!! Congrats Chantele and I absolutely agree that it is a great time for writers and choices. I'm so happy for you and your books new home:)

Jessie Oliveros said...

Congrats Chantele! I'm so happy for you.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Cogratulations!!

The Golden Eagle said...

CONGRATULATIONS! :D

Trisha said...

AMAZING news!! Congratulations Chantele :D And I love even just the *name* of your publisher :)

Melanie Jacobson said...

Hooray! I'm so thrilled for you! That's awesome, and such a positive, wonderful person like you totally deserves it!