Saturday, 19 March 2016
It's lunch time on Day three and we're at 11%. I don't know how to thank you all.
It was a Wednesday afternoon. Last Wednesday to be exact. My sister had just arrived for a visit. An e-mail came through to my smartphone and (rude though it was) I checked it.
The subject line read Your Book on Unbound. Having just pledged for A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis I assumed the e-mail was about that. I opened it, not giving it my full attention as I was speaking with my sister. Then I read this:
Congratulations! We’d very much like to include Ashael Rising as part of our brand new, digital list at Unbound.
At this point I stopped reading and started stuttering. My sister asked me what was wrong and I couldn’t answer her. I was literally speechless. I just held out my phone. She took it out of my hand, read the same thing I just had and screamed. She grabbed me in a bear hug, saying “I knew it! You said no-one ever gets picked up on their first submission but I knew it!”
I think we both cried. My 9yo also screamed and joined in the hug when she realised what was happening. My 2yo just asked “What are you crying for, Mummy?”
I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in a bit of a daze. I responded to Unbound and told them that I was interested. They sent over a contract that afternoon. Since then, things have flown. Everything has moved so fast that I still don’t quite believe it’s happening. I keep waiting to get an e-mail saying “sorry, we had you confused with someone else!”
Well, that didn't happen and here we are. I'm still in a bit of a daze. It's been a crazy journey so far but I'm loving it and I'm so glad to have you along for the ride.