The big news of the week is... cue drumroll... I RECEIVED A PUBLISHING OFFER!
Happy days! You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I held that glossy contract in my hands. Unfortunately the celebration was to be short-lived; I discovered that there would be some costs involved. The grand total, the cost of reaching my goal, was £2500. Yes, I was shocked (and slightly upset) as well. However, every cloud has a silver lining.
Far from dwelling on how I would magic up £2500 from thin air (I would not recommend trying that!), I began exploring the self-publishing option. I had been steering clear of self-publishing for the simple reason that I felt I needed the expertise of a publisher or an agent. Now, after careful consideration, it is looking to be a much more attractive proposition: less expense, the chance to design my own cover, and keep more royalties. It sounds like a no-brainer when you think about it. I am still deciding which platform would work best for me and Heartbound, but it is nonetheless a very exciting time.
Like I said at the start of this post, when I finally achieve my dream and see Heartbound on the bookshelves or on the eReaders, I will look back at this writing week. I'll be able to say "that was my defining moment". It is now only a matter of time, and the fact that an actual publisher was willing to take on my work shows me that I can write, I do have the ability to create great stories. Even though the costs of that offer knocked me back, they also spurred me on.
I'd like to finish this post with a quote from Christopher Reeve. I think it sums up exactly what I've been experiencing:
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable"
He is right: my dream started as seemingly impossible but it is now an inevitability.