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Anne R. Allen's Blog

...WITH RUTH HARRIS

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I blog about the craft of writing and the publishing industry at Anne R Allen.com and I blog about my books at Anne R. Allen's Books. I'm the author of eight comic novels including the five CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKYSHERWOOD, LTD, NO PLACE LIKE HOME and SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM 


I've written a survival guide for writers with Amazon #1 author Catherine Ryan Hyde: HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE and a collection of short pieces called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CAR

I'm  a former actress and stage director, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and I live on the beautiful Central Coast of CA, near San Luis Obispo--the town Oprah called the "happiest town in the US.".

Friday, July 22, 2011

An Awesome Announcement

This is the stuff a writer’s dreams are made of.

I got an email from an acquisitions editor last night that said:

“I started reading Food of Love tonight… And I love it…the characters are so real and the situations so fascinating...

Bravo. Wow, even. I’ll get a contract in the mail to you tomorrow.

I will definitely be proud to publish and promote it. Speaking of which, would you mind if I begin mentioning it on Twitter, on Facebook, and perhaps in my blog? Those could help to build excitement about its release.

Please let me know as soon as possible.”

And, um, I did say yes. He hopes to publish it by early fall. Then hopefully, my other backlist book, the Best Revenge—and then he’ll look at my current work.

I’m going to be back in print! I have a career again.

I’ve been knocking on agents doors for five years since my old publishing company went under, and I’ve gone through the waiting game of agents sitting on partials and fulls for years at a time, only to send a curt form letter, letting me know they’re the windshield and I’m the bug.

But Popcorn Press contacted ME. Yes. The editor liked my blog and my writing style and said he might be interested in my backlist. I didn’t respond right away. I was so sure the agent who had my full was going to take me on and want my whole list.

But…of course…in the end, my road to corporate publishing went the same old/same old route.

So I sent the two books off to Popcorn Press at the end of June.

I was going to go indie if this didn’t work, but indie scares me—I’m not good at being there in the jungle all by myself.

So this is perfect for me. No agent/boss. No marketing department undermining my editor. No waiting three years for the launch. Just an honest partnership with a real person.

Oh, and did I forget to mention, “squeeeeeeee!” ?

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77 Comments:

Blogger mooderino said...

That's wonderful news Anne, congratulations.

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino

July 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Anne, you've been a growing influence online and it was a question of time before you got picked up. I'm very happy for you. :)

July 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Ruth Harris said...

Anne! Awesome is totally the word! I'm sitting here smiling & wondering if you've come back down to earth yet? Don't hurry, btw. Not that we don't want you but this is a moment to savor.
I'm thrilled for you & I know all your legion of fans, are too. The roar you hear will be us cheering you on.

PS: love the truffles. Edible!

July 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Awesome! Couldn't have happened to someone better.

And can I have a chocolate truffle? Mmmmmmmmm...

July 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Lari said...

CONGRATS! That is so awesome.

July 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger JenniferWriter said...

Congrats on the wonderful news!!!

You give back so much to other writers on your blog, I'm thrilled to hear that you're getting some writer love of your own.

I hope this is only the beginning of a new chapter for you. Keep us posted as you continue on this journey!

July 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Cathryn Leigh said...

Wait, you mean real authors also go Squeeee too? *giggles*

Congratulations! Wow, so thrilling! Gosh I can only imagine what it must be like! *jigs with excitement for Anne*


:} Cathryn Leigh (is also going squeee, but internally as she's at work)

July 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger E.J. Wesley said...

Wonderful! BIG congrats, Anne!

EJ

July 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Ghostie Girl said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations! This is wonderful news!

That cover is very pretty! Now I want some truffles :)

July 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger KarenG said...

Hooray for the hungry small publishers out there!! And hooray for you! I know I would love any book you write because of your blogging voice. Will put it on my to read list! Will help with a blog tour if you wish!

July 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
OpenID markwilliamsinternational.com said...

Congrats!

July 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Elle Strauss said...

Congratulations--this is the best news!

July 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Now hopefully a lot more people will find out what a great writer you are

July 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks so much everybody. I'm still kind of floating around.

KarenG--absolutely. I'd love to guest blog for you! I'm so jazzed I'm already getting offers.

Now I have to find out when it's actually going to launch.

And anybody who's in my area--yes, the launch party WILL include truffles.

July 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Yvonne Osborne said...

That is awesome news and encouraging to hear your story. You must have about fallen off your chair! I can't imagine getting an email like that. Best of luck to you with Popcorn Press.

July 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Ranae Rose said...

Awesome! I'm so happy to hear this, Anne! :) I also really like the cover. It'd be great if they decide to use it.

July 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Congratulations! And yes, that cover is great!

July 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Neil Vogler said...

Huge congratulations, Anne. This couldn't have happened to a nicer person, and how great to be going into a process that you can feel truly excited about.

Welcome back to print...

July 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Vivacia said...

Congratulations Anne, this is fabulous news. It shows that there's always light at the end of the tunnel - it's just sometimes a really, really, long tunnel.

July 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, congratulations! Working directly with a publisher is satisfying - I think you'll enjoy the experience.

July 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Ann Best said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I'm so happy for you!!
Ann Best, Author of In the Memoir, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

July 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Thats fantastic news!! Congrats!!

July 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Jeff Carlson said...

Holy chocolate, BatAnne!!!!!!!

July 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Anonymous jennifer tanner said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations. (I hope you're celebrating!)

July 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline Howett said...

Congratulations Anne!

July 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Carol Riggs said...

Major congrats to you!!!! I'd love to have an editor say that about MY book. Yep, a writer's dream. You're livin' it--enjoy it! :)

July 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations, Anne...this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you! :)

July 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Donna Hole said...

That cover is indeed awesome. Congrats on the book news, thats gawjus too :)

.......dhole

July 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats! Enjoy the journey.

July 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Ann Marquette said...

Congrats Anne. Awesome news.

July 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Rachna Chhabria said...

Thats wonderful news, Anne. Am glad for you.Congrats and Hugs.

July 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger BECKY said...

Oh my gosh, Anne...I'm doing the Happy Dance for you! I can't believe you didn't write most of your post in all caps, with tons of exclamation points!!!!!
Congratulations...and I love your book cover!

July 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Yay you! Great news and glad to hear it!

July 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Derico Photography said...

How absolutely fantastic for you!! Keep me updated if they choose to use the cover... that would be exciting for me as well! Either way, congratulations again! You definitely deserve it!

July 22, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger linda said...

Wow, congratulations! :D

July 23, 2011 at 3:26 AM  
Blogger Clare C. Greenstreet said...

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July 23, 2011 at 4:28 AM  
Blogger Clare C. Greenstreet said...

Brilliant news! Congratulations!

July 23, 2011 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger Heather Kelly said...

Anne--this is awesome news!! So happy to hear it!

July 23, 2011 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger PV Lundqvist said...

I could not imagine anyone more worthy. Happy for you.

July 23, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Judith Mercado said...

Congratulations, Ms. Awesome.

July 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger fOIS In The City said...

YOU ARE THE TOPS !! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DON'T CHECK ON MY BEST BLOGGER FRIENDS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS ...THEY GO OFF AND GET THE BEST NEWS EVER.

Seriously Anne, I can't think of anyone else who deserves this type of news more than you do. To continue to believe in yourself after all the time you have waited to find another publisher and to encourage the rest of us in spite of your own rejections ... you are such a trouper and I am happy for your great news.

All the best and that cover is as you say ... the most perfect :)

July 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Lee said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

July 23, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Himbokal said...

Congratulations Anne!

July 23, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Tracey Devlyn said...

Congrats, Anne! So very happy for you.

July 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger E. Arroyo said...

Congrats!!!

July 23, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

What an inspiring story, Anne. I loved it! It just shows what we all know, right? Persistence and perseverance and belief in yourself CAN get you where you want to go!
Patti

July 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Wow! Thanks everybody. I can't tell you how much it means to get so many encouraging comments. You all mean a lot to me.

Yeah, I've been persevering, all right. But I realize now I was going about it all wrong. I kept trying to get an agent, but agents can't take on anything that won't please the corporate bosses, and if you write "outside the box"--no matter how well you write--you're never going to please the guys in the marketing department.

For innovative writers, it's probably better to go with a small press. Small publishers are springing up everywhere, and I see them as the future of publishing.

The fact this is the first small press I've queried shows I probably should have gone this way a long time ago.

Still, I'm glad I've found Popcorn. It's so small that it's a labor of love for the owner, so this will be more like a partnership than a boss/employee situation.

July 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
OpenID ninabadzin.com said...

Anne! What fantastic news!!!!! The cover is gorgeous. They'd be crazy not to use it. I'll be one of your pre-orders. :)

July 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Congratulations!

July 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Searcher said...

Awesome awesome awesome! I don't know you, but i'm always so happy to learn when one more writer gets the chance to be read by the world... Feeling so happy for you and the world by and large :)

July 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Ellis Vidler said...

Woooohoooooooo!

July 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Stacy S. Jensen said...

Congratulations. I appreciate your blog.

July 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
OpenID mesmered said...

Anne, I'm late to this party as well... but congratulations and well done on your persistence. I admire you. perhaps you might like a blog interview at some point?

Best wishes.

July 24, 2011 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger Pk Hrezo said...

Congrats, Anne! That's wonderful! I'm feeling all the positive energy rush around me with your awesome news!

July 24, 2011 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Pat Bowne said...

Wow, wonderful news! Congratulations.

July 24, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Linda Gray said...

This is wonderful! I've only followed your blog for a few weeks, but thoroughly enjoy it. I've thought, for about a year now, that good small publishers seem like an excellent option more than ever, given what's going on in the industry. Can't wait to hear about your process! Many congratulations!!!

July 24, 2011 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger mindprinter said...

Wonderful, Anne. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. I am dancing along with you.

Brava!

Paul

July 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Simon Kewin said...

Fantastic, Anne - really pleased for you.

July 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Kate Kyle said...

so excited for you, Anne
Squeeeeeee!

July 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger p.m.terrell said...

Anne, that is fabulous news! I am so thrilled for you. It's the start of a whole new chapter in your career.

July 25, 2011 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger Churadogs said...

Congratulations! This is wonderful news. It never ceases to amaze me how people head off in one direction, then life hands them other plans so they doodlebug off in another direction, then, if they're lucky, their doodlebugging has taken them to a place where, Ker-whump! life hands them their original plans back . . . only better.

July 25, 2011 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger roh morgon said...

Yay, Anne!

Congratulations!

Sounds like a great arrangement - let us know when it's ready!

July 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne,
Such wonderful news. I, too think the cover is perfect. Will look forward to reading the book when it is out.
Don't forget to let Susan know for NW so she can post it in the kudos section.

Judy Guarnera

July 25, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Exciting! Congratulations, that's wonderful news :)

July 25, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Veronika Walker said...

Fantastic, Anne!! Congratulations! It's about time. :)

July 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Victoria Heckman said...

So happy for you!!!

July 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

You guys are the best! I can't tell you how much it means to see your encouraging words. After all these years, maybe it's all going to come together. Just heard from my publisher that his designer likes the cover, and only wants a few tweaks for thumbnail clarity. And he just tweeted how much he loves the book. And this is the one that agents kept telling me was "over the top" and "unpublishable."

July 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Domey Malasarn said...

Big congratulations on this great news! :) :)

July 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous m. christine weber said...

HUGE congratulations, Anne. This post totally has me all weepy and silly-happy for you. You absolutely deserve it!

Yay, yay, yay!

:-)

July 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Gabrielle Evelyn said...

Cheers~~

herve leger

July 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Anne!!!!! Squeee!!!! I have to email you, but I just wanted to say congratulations here. I'm so very, very excited for you! Popcorn Press looks fantastic and just perfect for you and what you were looking for in a publisher. I LOVE that they found you and your beautiful work. *HUGS*

July 28, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Domey and Mary, thanks so much. And Michelle, thanks for this AND your email. I'm so jazzed. The editor is super-enthused and that means so much to me. Just signed the contract and put it in the mail.

July 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Hillier said...

SQUEEEEE! Fabulous, amazing, incredible news! Huge congratulations, Anne!

July 29, 2011 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger LR said...

Congratulations Anne! Good for you!

July 29, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Janice Hardy said...

Grats that's awesome! I'm so happy for you :)

July 29, 2011 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger bookspersonally said...

Wow, many congratulations! Somehow I missed this very big announcement - so happy for you!

July 31, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger jbchicoine said...

Oh my goodness! How did I miss this! CONGRATULATION! :)

August 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

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