Good news!

April 7th, 2010 • Kate

singapore-fireworks-celebrations-2008-7I got some good news that I’m hoping to share shortly (once all the details are ironed out, and the technicalities are sorted), but I’m curious — for the yet-to-be-published authors in my audience, have you given any thought to what you’ll do to celebrate your first book deal? For those writers who have been published, or have at least already gotten that call, what did you do? How did you celebrate?

Please share your stories in the comments!

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34 Responses to “Good news!”

  1. Catherine Says:

    When that day comes, I will thank my family for all their support, patience and understanding. Ok – I already do that, but it felt right to write that first.

    After the thanks, I want to take a trip somewhere new. My family would love to go to Ireland, and given part of one of my WIPs takes place around 200 years ago in that country….I could say the trip is for research purposes. 🙂

  2. Amy L. Sonnichsen Says:

    Ahh, the invitation to think wishfully for a few moments….

    You know, I haven't really thought about it. I'd probably call my parents, post the news on Facebook, go crazy on my blog, break out the late harvest Guwurztraminer, and bake myself a huge batch of brownies.

    I think the news would be reward enough. I wouldn't have to *do* a lot to reward myself. Though there's always Hawaii….

  3. Amy L. Sonnichsen Says:

    Oh, and btw, Daphne, congratulations on whatever big news you're about to announce! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth Briggs Says:

    I would take my husband out to dinner. He deserves it for supporting my craziness all this time!

  5. Shawna Says:

    *sigh* to dare to dream!

    I'm going to DISNEYLAND!!! and then Hawaii and then I would get busy on the next book 🙂

  6. Lysh Says:

    I'd probably tell my parents and then we'll go out for Olive Garden or something. Hah, I haven't given it much thought.

    Congrats to your clients! 🙂

  7. Rissa Watkins Says:

    Call me crazy, but I plan on getting a tattoo. I have a few that represent life changing events that have happened to me. Getting a book deal would be included in that category!

  8. Weronika Janczuk Says:

    Congratulations on the news, Kate! I'm excited!

    Well, I'm not agented yet, but I hope to be in this next year or so.

    Upon signing, I would take the day off from whatever was planned, drive to the nearest empty park, and run around screaming and dancing like a little girl. I would bring champagne. I would go home, call everyone who understands this process, go crazy on facebook/the blog (that would probably come first), and then get to writing the next book. The writing is the best part.

    Upon the first book deal?

    I know this sounds terrible, but I think that's when I would cry. I've heard a lot of stories about the first book not selling and I wouldn't raise my hopes. It's been too long/arduous of a journey already. That would feel like reality. I would do the same thing as above except with more emotion. I would send my agent her favorite flowers. (If it ends up being a gent, I don't know what I would do. Let me think about that.) And I would keep on working on that next book.

    Aah, wishful thinking. If only, if only . . .

  9. Amy Says:

    I'm not allowed to say. I believe in jinxing, therefore, if I say it, I will never be published.

    (How excited are you to be repping such a crazy person?)

  10. Sara Says:

    After I got done jumping up and down all over my apartment and scaring my cats?

    I'd call my family members and then take my parents out to dinner. Then probably go out celebrating with friends and blow through my advance within a week.

    Then I'd start fretting about whether the book would sell. 😉

  11. write-brained Says:

    I have a bottle of champagne sitting in the back of my fridge right now for the day I get the offer of representation.

    Hey it's good to be prepared, right?

    Can't wait to hear your news!

  12. Sherri Says:

    I'd probably run around the yard like a crazy person, and after the adrenaline wore off I'd say, "Huh. 'Bout time," and get back to work.

  13. Lisa Aldin Says:

    I would do a little dance and pop open a bottle of pink and bubbly champagne. Also, I would probably cry!

  14. Mandy Says:

    Upon being told I would probably burst into tears. I would then call everyone I know. And then we would probably celebrate by going out to dinner (Olive Garden – even if I have to drive outside the Perimeter to get to it). Then I would probably go to the bookstore and buy myself a new book.

  15. Krista V. Says:

    Nothing says celebration like a three-hundred-dollar meal at Craftsteak:)

  16. Allyson Says:

    I'm really depressed by all of these Olive Garden comments. Maybe they're being sarcastic? This is a book deal we're talking about – not high school prom!

    I'd do the whole screaming/crying thing, call everyone I know and go to a fabulous dinner at Luca D'Italia. I'm sure alcohol would be involved.

  17. Red Boot Pearl Says:

    Chocolate and the gun range…with a copy of my first/worst draft of the manuscript.

  18. Holen Says:

    Red, I love your plan!

    As for me, I'd make my girls do a happy dance with me They're always glad to oblige, drop what they're doing, and start dancing on just my word. I love little kids.

    I don't know what my bigger plan would be – that'd depend on the size of the advance 😀

  19. Shannon Says:

    Honestly, I have no idea. I'm a very perpared person, but on this – I think I'll just let the moment hit me.

    I know this sounds strange – I can visualize every moment in my manuscripts, but I have never been able to visualize the moment that my future awesome agent tells me my books is going to be published. Hmmm – maybe that's abad thing – don't know.

  20. Tere Kirkland Says:

    Oh, man, if that day ever came… well, I guess I'd be too busy calling my friends and family to tell them the good news to celebrate. But once I finally uncramped my phone hand, and made sure I hadn't developed some weird cellphone tumor, I'd probably ask my husband to take me to one of our favorite restaurants. Luckily, there's no shortage of great restaurants to celebrate at in New Orleans.

    Although the gun range idea sounds fun. Luckily, there are no shortage of those in these parts, too. 😉

    Fun question!

  21. Annie Says:

    I'd have an exicited screaming fit, post it the news on facebook and my blog and then treat my family to dinner for putting up with me and my crazy writing.

  22. Julie Polk Says:

    Red Boot Pearl, "Chocolate and the gun range" is the best answer ever. Possibly to anything.

  23. Adrienne Says:

    I will politely ask where Ashton is hiding.!

  24. Stina Says:

    LOL. I'll just be happy to finish my edits. The one thing I know I would do is donate some of the advance to organizations that deal with rape. I've been focusing more on what I'd do if I ever landed an agent . . . have a cake with a dolphin design on it (an important symbol in the story).

  25. kat Says:

    It depends on whether or not I hit my head when I fall to the floor. 🙂

  26. Amy Says:

    I also love the gun range idea! I would do something intensely satisfying. Am I the only one who pops the bubble wrap before actually looking at what's inside the package? I would fill an entire room with bubble wrap and balloons (similar idea) and pop to my heart's delight.

    When I got my first paycheck for my first job a long long time ago (in high school) I framed it. It was for $32.00. My first check for writing is going on the wall – well, a photocopy anyway.

  27. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    Just have to de-lurk to comment on this one! After my breathing resumed and I'd checked to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack, I think I'd plan a big party for everyone who had been supportive of my writing efforts. During the party I'd distribute pens and have everyone write something on my draft ms. THEN I'd run to the stationery store and have all the pages laminated… yes, all 375 pages!

    Whatever your good news is, congratulations. 🙂

  28. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    There will be screaming. Lots of screaming. Be sure to hold the phone away from your ear!

    After that I'd probably invite my friends over for a celebratory dinner, all the while silently thanking the universe.

  29. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    And YAY for upcoming good news! : )

  30. Melisa Says:

    Find a beautiful piece of land, build my own little paradise, something inspiring, and continue writing novels. A place where it is warm all year long . . . away from NEBRASKA!!!

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  32. Vonna Says:

    I would bake the most elaborate cake I could find a recipe for– something with towering layers of whipped cream and chocolate then call everyone I could think of who would like to eat such a cake and invite them over.

  33. Rosefiend Says:

    You know, I haven't given it much thought — still working on getting an agent. But I think I might give in to tempation and pick up a Hamilton 21 jewel pocketwatch. I've been wanting one of those babies for a while, and for a book deal, I'll say I've earned it.

    Hm! Now I have something else to look forward to!

    I hope you're able to tell your good news to us soon. Congratulations in advance!

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