The Call



Anybody know Jeff Foxworthy?  If you like comedy and you haven’t heard of Jeff…look him up.  If your familiar with Jeff’s work, then you probably know his You might be a redneck if -- routine.  Well, here’s a literary version of that.  You might be a writer if…you know what the title of this post means.

That’s right…as of now I am represented by Sarah Negovetich of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. You heard me correctly…I have an agent!

Those that have known me for a while understand how long I have waited to post something like this.  I’ve congratulated more than a few writers in this blogosphere that have achieved this dream and read their stories of what it was like to finally get the “Call”, all the while putting myself in their shoes and imagining what it would be like to experience such a thing. Well…they’re my shoes now – and it feels GREAT! No more query letters...no more pitch wars...no more twitter contest.  YES!

The book I pitched that won Sarah over is titled MOVING FEAR.  It’s a YA Horror (although Sarah may reclassify it as YA Paranormal/Mystery). I'm savvy enough to realize that signing with Sarah is just another hurdle and seeing my manuscript in print isn't a sure thing yet -- but this is a validation that was sorely needed.  For the longest time I’ve felt like an unlicensed doctor, running around handing out medical advice to anyone who will listen. Now, by signing an agent it effectively slaps MD behind my name (albeit in small letters) and gives me a tiny bit of credibility. Not that obtaining an agent is the only way to earn standing -- if you sell a bunch of books, agent or not, that's good enough for me -- but you guys know what I'm talking about.

I’ve already thanked my CP’s, beta readers, query specialist, ego caressers, and morale boosters!  I even thanked the blogger whose innocuous Facebook post was the inspiration for the story.  A piece of each of them is in MOVING FEAR and my good news belongs to them well. But who I haven’t thanked yet is YOU. I’ll eventually detail my cringe-worthy path to where I am now, but for now let’s just say that in the beginning I was clueless – until I found the blogosphere.  The wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise, pointers, sage advice, industry norms, and morale support is endless. And more importantly, it is all offered with a smile and a pat on the back. I can honestly say that the writer I am today is in-part because of YOU…because the blogosphere is YOU. So thank you for everything you’ve done for me!

And one of the reasons for choosing Sarah as my agent – she writes a blog.

There are two people I feel compelled to single out with my gratitude today. Chris Fries and Julie Dao. I’ve known Chris since before I had a blog (on the writing forums) and Julie was one of my earliest CP’s. They both have been my most steadfast supporters…unwavering in their belief that today would come. They are two of my closest friends…and I’ve never met them. Thank you both so much!

In the weeks to come I’ll reveal the details of “the call” and the events that led up to it. At the same time I’ll be figuring out how things will need to be tweaked around here now that the trajectory of my writing career has been altered. Don’t worry…nothing major. If I do get a publishing deal I’ll resist any changes that might turn this into something more marketing-centric and focused on just selling books.

For those of you who are following this same dream…hang in there. My shoes will be yours one day! :)

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  1. I get the first comment, yay! How appropriate! Congratulations to you, Don! I never doubted this day would come and I am so thrilled for you. I can't wait to see MF as a book on my shelf and get it signed by you! One day we will meet in person, seeing as you're only one of my oldest and dearest writing buddies!!! So happy and proud today!

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    1. I couldn't have scripted this any better...seeing you as my first commentor. Yes...we will meet...and we'll exchange each others signed books with one another. I'm looking forward to congratulating you on your success...SOON! *wink*

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  2. That's totally awesome, DL! I know you've waited a long time for this. Go you! May the next step be a big contract and loads of sales! I look forward to snagging one of your books off the shelf of my local bookstore. =o)

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    1. I want that as well...along with a picture of you holding it! :) Thank you.

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  3. YAY!!! So glad to read the good news!!! Congratulations!!!

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  4. We have the same agent!!!!! Congrats and welcome to Team Sarah!

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    1. I know!! When I was checking Sarah out I noticed you were one of her clients, which was definitely a +. Go Team Sarah! :)

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    1. Thank you! (No...it doesn't get old saying that.) :)

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  6. Congratulations, DL! You give so much to the writing community. It's nice to see you're feeling the returns

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  7. DL, that's the greatest! Way to go!! I'm so happy for you!

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  8. Congratulations!!! Thrilled for you. :)

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    1. Thank you, Faith! I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thrilled for myself. :)

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  9. Wonderful news and MANY congratulations! Have a terrific weekend floating on air!!!



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    1. And that's exactly what I'll be doing! Thank you. :)

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  10. This is such great news! Congrats!!

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    1. And on Friday the 13th....who knew? :)

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  11. Super congrats, DL!!! I had no doubts!

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    1. Well...that makes one of us. :) Thank you!

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  12. Please allow me to reiterate my heartfelt congratulations regarding this momentous event:

    "Whooopty-Freakin'-Hooooo!!! You Rock!!! You DA MAN!!! Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh, Uh-HUH!!! Now THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout!!! You kick AZZZZZ!!!! Hell, YES!!!! Git DOWN!!!! Ba-da-BING, Baby!!!! Rock ON, Dude!!!

    I'm thrilled for you Don! It really makes my heart elated to see you get this MUCH-DESERVED professional representation! Moving Fear is an awesome book and I can't wait to see it find a publishing home! You may feel like you won by getting Sarah, but I tell you truth: SHE is the one who has won here: She's just added an up-and-coming writing star to her portfolio. :)

    And thank you very much for the kind words, but it's a two-way street, buddy: I am honored and proud to be able to call you my friend! My writing AND my life are much richer for having you in it and for the tireless support you've given me over the years, too.

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    1. Now that's what I call a congratulations! More work to do, but its a lot easier with a great agent and some awesome friends! :)

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  13. I'm so happy for you. I love seeing writers finally make it past what seems like the Golden Gates where they deserve to be. Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you!! I love seeing that as well. :)

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  14. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you. It makes all that hard work so worth it, doesn't it? I'll be honored to have you as a pub sub trench buddy. :)

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    1. Yes...it definitely does! Let's link those arms. :)

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  15. Congratulations, DL!!! You've been working so hard for this.

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    1. There's an understatement if I ever saw one! :) Thank you, Alex!

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  16. Congratulations!!! I'm so, soooooo happy for you. :)

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  17. Congratulations DL. Very happy for you :)

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    1. Right now...cloud nine is somewhere below me. :) Thank you!

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  18. Congratulations, DL! MOVING FEAR is such an awesome book! I'm happy for you and for Sarah and hope to see you moving on to the next exciting stage really soon!

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    1. That means a lot coming from you Dianne -- seeing as your one of the reasons I finished it in the first place. :)

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    1. I know...right?! Thank you so much! :)

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! That's wonderful news.

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  21. Yahoooooo!!!!! Way to go, Don! So proud of you & your hard work - and thrilled for you as you take the next step!!! Congrats and best wishes :)

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    1. We've known each other for so long, Jemi, that I'm especially happy that you're here to see me make a little headway. Thank you! :)

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  22. I've said it before and I'll say it again, CONGRATULATIONS! :) :) :)

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    1. You can say it as many times as you want...and I'll say thank you everytime! THANK YOU! :)

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  23. YES!!! I'm so happy for you, Don!! Well deserved!

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    1. I've heard from 2 of the three musketeers...where's the 3rd? :) Thank you so much!

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  24. Wow, wow, WOW! Congratulations, DL! Well deserved, I'm sure.

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    1. The proof is in the pudding...right?! Thank you! :)

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  25. Congrats again! I've been waiting for this to go up so I could tie it into my latest blog post (which is now up). Woot!

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    1. And what I nice post it is too! Thank you, again!! :)

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  26. Super congratulations!! I was so hoping the title of The Call would mean this kinda news. You deserve it so much!

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    1. I just knew that writers would instantly get the meaning! :) Thank you.

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  27. So very cool! Congrats and best wishes moving forward.

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    1. And that moving forward starts this weekend! Edits to make already from my wonderful agent. :)

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  28. I'm so very glad you got this validation, DL. Even if nothing else ever comes you've still had that "stamp of approval" that you've got what it takes, both as a storyteller and as a writer. There just isn't much in this field that feels better or means more. Now, here's hoping that the book contract comes swiftly!

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  29. You are so very right, Jeff. That in itself means so much! Thank you! :)

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  30. A huge congrats! Sarah sounds like a great agent. Hoping I can feature you as a debut author one of these days at Literary Rambles.

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    1. That would be absolutely awesome Natalie! Thank you! :)

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  31. I remember when you disappeared from blogging, sounding so discouraged... and then when you came back... and now this!!! Proof that we should never, ever, never, ever give up.

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    1. I remember that also...and it seems so long ago now. Dedication to the craft is an absolute MUST! :)

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  32. Congrats, DL!!!!! I'm so excited for you, and I'm glad I saw your post on FB.

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    1. And having you as an Agency sibling is AWESOME!!!! :)

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  33. Congrats!! Fantastic news and you definitely deserve it. Look forward to hearing about the next step of your amazing journey.

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  34. Congratulations! May you go from strength to strength.

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    1. I never heard it put that way...put I LIKE IT! :)

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  35. Awesome news! I wish you every success! I hope you'll keep up with the Blitz.
    Brandy

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    1. Don't worry...No way I'll give up the BLITZ!! :)

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  36. Congrats Don :) Happy happy, Joy joy.

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  37. Oh, wahoo! I'm so happy for you!! I can't wait to hear more about your call and your book!!

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    1. Gotta work on those book edits first! :) Thank you!

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  38. YAYYYYY! Congratulations! That's when everything changed for me. It makes night-and-day difference. You're on your way!

    Also, I'm glad to hear it's still called "the call." That's what it was called early in my career, but mine came as an email, so I wasn't sure if people still called it by that term!

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    1. I'm fastening my seat belt in preparation for a wild ride. I'm ready!! :)

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  39. Huge congrats, Don! So happy for you.

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    1. Thank you Matt! You and the QQQE are part of the reason that it happened. :)

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  40. I am SO happy for you!! This, you deserve. You've been out there for everyone else, giving us opportunities to get our name out on the internet. Now it's your turn and I'm so glad! I found out from Alex's blog post. He's another one that steps up for all of us... Good luck!

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  41. Yay, yay, yay!!! Congrats on The Call, and I hope Moving Fear finds the right editor/house and sells a ton :). I'm so happy for you--and I don't even know you lol!
    Ninja Girl

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  42. Well dang girl...we need to get to know each other! :)

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  43. EEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DL this is absolutely incredible news, and I honestly can't think of anyone more deserving. You bring so much joy to the writing/blogging community. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  44. That's my first EEP...and I'll treasure it! :)

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