The Call!


ID-10039884(1)If you have ever submitted a manuscript to a publishing house, you will know the significance of those two little words. The Call.

The moment for which wannabe authors spend their days and nights obsessing over their manuscripts before sending it off. You’ve had months to prepare for ‘the call’. And yet, when it happens, it strikes you dumb. No matter how the words are delivered — your manuscript has been approved for publication — the effect remains the same. If you’re not exactly dumb-struck, you’re probably trying to hold back an ear-shattering victory yelp that will probably damage your editor’s auditory canal, and with it whatever chance you have of becoming a published author!

In my case, I was struck deaf.

No kidding. I just couldn’t hear what my fabulous Harlequin Mills & Boon editor Pippa Roscoe was trying to tell me. OMG! For a nano-second I truly believed I’d go down in history as the only author who went deaf just before she could hear those sweet, sweet words. Thankfully, sanity returned quickly, and I realized the culprit was a bad Skype connection! Skype, my doughty ally in many of my writing adventures, nearly did me in this time.

Seconds later, Pippa was back on the line and as I stuttered that I hadn’t heard her, she laughed out loud, “You missed the most important bits!” πŸ˜€

That little drama provided me with a light-bulb moment.Β  I had actually transitioned from a wannabe author to a soon-to-be-published author in a matter of seconds and a dropped phone connection. If the Cosmos was trying to send me a message, I haven’t figured it out yet!

And before I go off to pop the champagne, did I mention I was offered a two-book deal and my first book (title still to be finalised) will be out in the second half of this year? No? I guess, the shock hasn’t quite worn off! πŸ˜€

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Author & Screenwriter
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23 Responses to The Call!

  1. Missy Pugh says:

    I am just so thrilled for you! I knew you got the deal, but this was neat to hear how you got the news.

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  2. booklaurie says:

    Adite, what a fun twist on the usual Call story — I’m so glad it was just the Skype and not you!

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  3. Piorre Hart says:

    A big congrats! And a very picturesque entry I found this to be! πŸ™‚

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  4. hema says:

    All the best Adite πŸ™‚

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  5. Adite, I know this next chapter will be great! β™₯ πŸ™‚

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  6. Pia says:

    Hi Adite
    CONGRATULATIONS!! And All the Best with your coming books!
    I have a question, hopefully you don’t mind. Though, you did mention β€œmanuscript” in your post but I want to be clear. You submitted three chapters along with a synopsis or are you β€˜passions contest’ winner?
    It would be of great help if you could answer. Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Pia. I was one of three winners of the Passions Aspiring Authors 2012 contest (for Indians). And I was mentored by my fab editor Pippa Roscoe during the writing process. Once the manuscript was ready it was submitted for approval. I hope I have answered your questions. Feel free to ask more. πŸ™‚

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      • Pia says:

        Thank you so much for answering, Adite. Sounds like a tough process, but it’s good that your dream is becoming reality. I asked because i don’t participate in contest (too scared:-)) but did submit a manuscript. Still waiting for any answer. So, when you mentioned manuscript i thought i should ask.
        Anyways, Best of luck and Enjoy your Success! Wishing you lots of good luck and success in your writing career!:-)

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  7. Lyse says:

    So incredibly happy for you!!! That’s absolutely fantastic and so exciting!!!! Congratulations! πŸ˜€

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  8. Faith Thomas says:

    Congratulations. I’m so happy for you.

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  9. I know everyone else has posted how happy they are for you…so I am going to dip further into the thesaurus and tell you that I am OVERJOYED for you! Congratulations. You so deserve this after all of your hard work. I look forward to buying and reading your book.

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  10. Priyanka Dey says:

    hey!
    I did not know there was a voting too for the entries.I completely missed it.. 😦 Don’t know if you read my entry in there..Congrats Adite! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Priyanka. Thanks for your wishes. Did you enter the M&B contest this year? If you made it to the shortlist, your entry would be pretty good! So don’t lose heart and keep writing. Good luck! πŸ™‚

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  11. Adite, I like your blog. Eugenia Renskoff

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