I’m going to be published! I’m going to be published!

Well, I’ve given it away with the headline, haven’t I?

The radio silence for the past several weeks has been because I wasn’t yet allowed to talk about the only thing I wanted to talk about: the fact that I’d received an offer from a publisher, not just to publish the novel I’ve already written – which would have been unbelievably amazing in itself – but to publish three books. That’s right, the one I’ve written plus two more I haven’t. Yet. I am now in possession not only of a Book Deal, but of Book Deadlines.

That’s fine. I can do deadlines. I’ve just about managed to come to terms with the fact that my book, my baby … which started several years ago with a fleeting mental image, which generated a concept, which grew into an idea, which then acquired characters and a narrative, but which still got written more-or-less by accident only last year … is going out into the world next spring, there to stand or fall on its own 400+ pages. I’m still a bit gobsmacked by that. I thought I’d get it out of the house eventually, but so soon? It’s a big enough thing to wrap your head around that once you have done, the thought of having to provide it with a sibling a year for the next couple of years is not actually as daunting as it probably should be.

Because, as my prescient (and proficient) agent Ian Drury foresaw during our very first meeting, my little 2011 writing project has become the lead novel of a science fiction trilogy; and as predicted in my Working Title post (written before any of this happened, I swear), the name of the novel as of this writing remains unconfirmed. Its original title, ®Evolution, will become the name for the series. (Although poor Ian has, I think, been calling it the Morningstar trilogy at London Book Fair, given how undecided it all is, and Morningstar being the name of a key character – but it’ll be the ®Evolution trilogy, or saga, or chronicles, or something. I promise.) Book One has for the moment been rechristened Gemsign, and I’ll be posting lots more about it in the months to come.

For now, many many thanks to Ian and to my (brand new!) publisher Jo Fletcher Books for their enthusiasm for the figments of my imagination, and their faith in my ability to keep on making stuff up. I’m in good hands; JFB is the science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint of Quercus, 2011’s Publisher of the Year. (No, I don’t know what you have to do to be Publisher of the Year. I’m assuming it includes Selling Lots of Books and Being Nice to Authors.)

Oh, that reminds me. I’m an author now. Officially.

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8 Comments

  1. Matt

     /  April 18, 2012

    Many congratulations Steph – btw, I do like the ‘Morningstar’ monicker

  2. Thanks! ‘Morningstar’ is the working title for book 2, although like ‘Revolution’ there are a number of books with the same title out there. I don’t want it to be the name of the overall series because that would suggest it’s focus is that particular character … and it won’t be. She’s a means to an end …

  3. Oh congratulations Stephanie! I’m so happy for you and proud of your work and dedication. I can’t wait to hear more!

  4. Congratulations and how wonderful! By the way – did you have your query evaluated online by Query Shark? I seem to remember a discussion about (r)Evolution and Morningstar.

  5. Thank you and no, I’d never heard of Query Shark – I made my submissions directly to agents. I also haven’t posted anything anywhere online (apart from this blog, of course) that mentions those names, so quite concerned if they have somehow ended up on the net without my knowledge/consent! However I’ve found Query Shark, run a search, and it hasn’t returned any hits. If you locate the discussion you mentioned would you drop me a link? Many thanks.

  6. Diana Lyn

     /  June 12, 2012

    Stephanie, You are so amazing. You continually reach into the future bypass obstacles and gather success with grace. I wish you unstoppable success and deepest happiness. Love you alway.

    • Diana, thank you so much. Thinking back I realise you have been a believer in me for longer than either of us probably cares to remember! And I appreciate it so much. Lots and lots and lots of love.

  • I love stories.
    My new novel, Sacred, is all about them. Publication info will be posted as soon as I have it.

    In the meantime check out Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration, available wherever good books are sold.

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