My Response to “The Call”

What did you do after you got “The Call” for your very first book? Or, as is more and more the case, after you got that email? Jump up and down, scream for joy, hyperventilate, drink bubbly, eat chocolate, dance on the ceiling, or celebrate with your significant other? None or all of the above?

I was a little different. I just sat there, going, “Oh. Okay.” I then very calmly got up and told my hubby. He gave me a thumbs up, then went back to his book. Strange, huh? It did hit me a few days later, though, so you don’t have to worry that I’m totally warped. Hehe

This has been a fascinating process. I thought my story was pretty darned good when I’d submitted it for consideration. However, I had a rude awakening when I received that first round of edits. Can you say double Ugh?  🙂 Man, did my editor find a lot of things! Most were small, but a few were some major issues that needed to be addressed. Hmm. Why hadn’t I seen them before? Too close to the story, I suppose.

Luckily, I did a good enough job with the edits that a 2nd round wasn’t needed. (Whew!) Next I got the Galleys. This was my last shot at fixing ANYTHING I didn’t like. I went through my baby with a fine-toothed comb. Multiple times! It was amazing the things I found when I saw my story in actual book format. Again, I had it all marked up. Adding, deleting, rearranging.

NOW I felt good about my story!

As all published authors know, the name of the game is hurry up and wait. I’m in the waiting mode. Waiting to find out if the copy editor found anything major; waiting to find out when my story will hit the production line-up and receive a publication date.

For those that know me, you know I’m not a patient person. But what to do in the meantime? Oh, I know. How about another story? 😉


About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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3 Responses to My Response to “The Call”

  1. txsunshine says:

    Linda, I met you briefly at the OWFI conference almost two years ago (has it really been that long???). I sat at your table as you talked about this book you were working on. Good for you for staying true to your goals and persisting with the publishing process! How wonderful that your dreams have come true!

    I am so very happy for you!

    • ltrout says:

      Hey, Julie! It’s great hearing from you! Are you going to OWFI this year? If so, let’s get together to visit sometime.

      I pitched this story to the editors of The Wild Rose Press at the conference last year, and ta da!, one year later…I’m published! I’m so excited. But it does take a LOT of persistence and perseverance. In this business, you just have to be too stubborn to give up. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

      • txsunshine says:

        Hey, there. I just saw your reply. Sorry I missed it! I’m “following” you, but somehow this didn’t get through.

        As you know already, I didn’t make it to OWFI this year. Children’s activities interfered.

        I’m so glad that things turned out so well from you. That’s an awesome story, and I’m so happy you’re excited. Best of luck with your writing AND publishing.

        If you get the chance, stop by my blog sometime. Here’s the link:

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