FIRST OFFICIAL: Call
Everyone always wants to know about The Call. The Call that says your dream is coming true.
Does The Email count? My editor couldn’t call me because she was in the editorial meeting, so she emailed.
I gasped. I squealed. I couldn’t breathe. I jumped out of my chair, ran into the family room, looked at my husband while my eyes filled up and I flapped my hands by my face to keep more air going in and just nodded.
That was my reaction to The Call/Email.
So, the next question usually is, what did I do to celebrate? It’s funny; I would’ve thought I would want to go out to dinner, get some champagne, call a zillion people…nope. The emotions are overwhelming. I had just read about someone else’s experience to her Call where she grabbed a book and took a bubble bath, and I remember thinking, “Really? The Call that changes your life and you go into hibernation?”
Yeah, well now I can relate. As a matter of fact, she handled it better than I did. I wish I’d had the energy to go upstairs and start the tub. Instead, I grabbed my current bedside read (which was in the family room) The Husband Trap by Tracy Anne Warren, and parked myself on the sofa, prone. For hours.
That was my big celebration. Oh, my husband did his wonderful thing for me, the kids congratulated me, my parents…but I just read.
Which, if you think about it, isn’t that odd. (Okay, maybe you have to reeeeeally think about it.) I’m a writer, about to be published. What better way to celebrate than with the very world I’ve wanted to be a part of for so long?
Thanks, Tracy, for giving me a fun book to celebrate with and thanks to all the other authors whose books I will eventually get to. Like getting into publishing, it was a lightning strike as to which one I’d be reading when I got The Call and would get a mention on my blog.
Maybe someday some other aspiring-to-publication author will be reading one of mine when he/she gets The Call.