Phew! After a long, glorious day, I am finally back in Bemidji and ready to blog. Today, I drove down to Brainerd to have lunch with my fabulous publishers and plan the final touches for the book release party. Some topics we discussed:
- A new cover design
- Book Release Invitation Postcards (when they are going out and who is getting them)
- The Sequel
- Contacting booksellers
We met at Prairie Bay–my absolute favorite restaurant AND consequently where Chip, Jean, and I met. *Cue flashback music and dissolve* It all happened three years ago…
Chip and Jean (owners of RiverPlace Press) were speaking at a publishing panel hosted by Prairie Bay. While they were talking about their company and giving aspiring authors tips on how to get published, I just kept thinking, “I have to introduce myself to them.” After the rest of the panel finished speaking, there was a “meet and greet” mingling part of the event. I took a deep breath and marched myself up to them, being as charming and sophisticated as humanly possible while totally freaking out and trying not to hyperventilate.
I introduced myself, my book idea, and somehow managed to form full sentences. I told them that I loved the sound of their publishing house and wondered if they could give me any tips on how to get my unfinished manuscript published. For reasons I still cannot fully comprehend, they said, “Sure. How ’bout we meet up for coffee sometime?” I almost passed out.
A few weeks later, I met Chip and Jean at Coco Moon coffee shop in Brainerd. I was dressed in heels, a business jacket and matching skirt, and clutched my synopsis in my awkwardly sweaty hands. They came on bikes and wore jeans. We talked about the publishing business, my aspirations as a writer, and my writing background. Then came the question: “What is your book about?” Luckily, I just happened to bring that sweaty synopsis. After reading it and listening to me babble, they asked me to send them the first few chapters. I emailed it to them as soon as I got home.
Over the next few weeks, I worked on my manuscript and obsessively checked my email. Nothing. “Idiot. As if they would actually publish your book.” At this point, there may have been a lot of binge ice cream eating. *Cue 80’s music and montage of empty ice cream cartons and chick flicks* One day, one glorious day, I received an email from RiverPlace: they wanted to see the whole manuscript. I went into hyper speed. I finished writing and the first round of very rough edits and sent the completed manuscript of what would become Seven Stones to RiverPlace Press.
*End of flashback*
Which all lead to today! The location is booked: Prairie Bay, where our story began, is going to be the venue for the party! We will be accepting preorders in the next few weeks (don’t worry, I will announce the SECOND it becomes a reality), and invitations will be sent out toward the end of February! It is all falling into place! SO much more to do, and so much to plan for the book tour after the release, but I am beyond grateful for the amazing opportunities I’ve been given. Thank you for supporting me and sharing this epic journey to becoming a published author!