Monday, November 14, 2016

The Unicorn Hunter

I opened up my e-mail and saw that the publisher I'd submitted my manuscript to six months ago had finally responded.

Heart pounding, I shut my phone off and pushed it away, not in the mood to embrace another rejection. It's ok if I never get published, I told myself and vowed to read the e-mail later when I didn't feel so fragile.

It was only an hour or so later, though, when my curiosity got the better of me. It's ok if I never get published, I reminded myself as I opened up the e-mail. Instinctively, I skipped the first paragraph where they thank you for submitting your manuscript and went straight for the second paragraph, which usually begins with "unfortunately."

The "unfortunately" wasn't there.

Confused, I glanced up at the last sentence of the first paragraph and read the words, "we love it and want to publish it!"

Wait, what?

I didn't leap for joy or suppress squeals of excitement sitting there at my work desk. I honestly thought that someone must be playing a trick on me. I stared at that e-mail, blinking, re-reading, not comprehending how something I had dreamed of for so long could suddenly be happening. There had to be a catch. A twist.

But now, one month, one contract, and 500,000 moments of self-doubt later, I've finally accepted that it's real.

I'm getting published! This cover has MY NAME on it!

In a month or so I will be transitioning over to my new website, Until then, I will continue posting here and on my Facebook author page, Rachel Kirkaldie. Check it out for all the latest details, excerpts, and giveaways.

I am so excited about this newest journey in my writing and everyone is invited to come along with me!

The Brown-Eyed Girl

P.S. I have to give a shout-out to Cedar Fort for wanting to publish my stuff!


Jilly said...

Oh Rachel, I've always LOVED reading your posts and it does not surprise me at all that they want to publish your book. You are so talented!! And I am seriously excited for you!! AND I'm EXCITED to read your book!!!!!!!!! <3

Rachel K said...

Thanks Jill! I'm super excited too.