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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Well, here's a turnaround!

Seven weeks ago I was grizzling on this blog that maybe I was wasting my time and perhaps I should give up trying to get my novel published. Would you believe that less than four weeks later I received an offer of a contract for The Dagger of Dresnia from the good folk - no, not the good folk that live in the forest, but the good folk at Satalyte Publishing in Melbourne.

I did not allow myself to get excited: after all, the first publisher I approached, some nine or ten years ago now, went broke the following week, and it's mainly been a downhill slide since then. But today I received my contract back with publisher Stephen Ormsby's signature, so now I'm permitting myself to get a bit excited. Just a little bit, mind you. It's never too late for things to go wrong. Or too early.

If I look underneath my pessimism, though, I find that I have a good feeling about Satalyte. They are a start-up company, but already they have signed some fine writers, including fellow Perthite Bevan McGuiness, who is a well-repected professional of many years standing. What's more, Stephen Ormsby and his wife Marieke are enthusiastic about their new venture, and enthusiasm and skill are what's needed to keep a ball rolling once it's been bowled.

It is touching to see how supportive my friends are. Within a couple of hours of putting the news up on Facebook, I had nearly 150 comments and 'likes' on my announcement, and because my Facebook statuses turn into Tweets, I was getting congratulations on Twitter, too!  And at the Society of Editors meeting tonight, I was warmly congratulated all over again. I am much blessed in my friends, both on and off social media.

Now starts the hard yakka of getting the book into top shape before turning it loose in the wild. I know from already-published friends that finding a publisher is only the start of the journey. I hope The Dagger of Dresnia and I can walk the road ahead with our heads high and our feet firmly on the ground. With my lovely friends to cheer me on, I know we'll do just fine.

7 comments:

Jo said...

I was so delighted to hear this this morning, and am very excited for you. As you say, it's still a long had road to hoe, but this is the first step after all.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Congratulations, Satima! We have a lot of excellent small presses in this country, thank goodness. I have heard of Stephen Ormsby, though I only know him through Twitter. Let us know how it goes.

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, Jo and Sue. This is a big new adventure for me and I'm going to enjoy sharing it with my friends. I'll try not to bore you all witless in the process!

Keira McKenzie said...

so happy for you, Satima! The only downside is that I can't physically give you a huge hug & do the Happy Dance with you :-)

Satima Flavell said...

Huge hugs later, Keira, when you've got the PhD out of the way and we have time to celebrate our mutual successes!

Jeff Hargett said...

Sorry to be so slow getting over here to congratulate you, but better late than never. I was very excited to see your announcement on Facebook though. Just make sure we all know when and where to get it!! And again, CONGRATULATIONS!

Satima Flavell said...

Many thanks, Jeff! I shall most certainly be telling everyone, loudly and clearly, when the book is out and where it can be purchased!

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