Ashael Rising

By Shona Kinsella

A tribal medicine woman must learn the truth of her past and the extent of her abilities to protect her people from invaders.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Day three

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:

Dear Shona,

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.

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Megan Williams
 Megan Williams says:

Off i go crying again haha. But its true i did tell you :). I am so unbelievably proud of you and so glad I can help support you through this journey! We will make this happen!
Megan

posted 22nd March 2016

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