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charmingbillie
12-08-2010, 04:09 AM
I've been cryptic about this for awhile, but now it's on PM so, yeah, I sold a novel (or three):

Deborah Coates's WIDE OPEN, in which a woman has one week of compassionate leave home on her family's South Dakota ranch to solve her sister's murder -- with only the dubious help of the ghosts she has been able to see ever since her near-death injuries in Afghanistan...in a three-book deal to Tor

WHEE!!

Wayne K
12-08-2010, 04:11 AM
Hot soup, congratulations :partyguy:

Haupe
12-08-2010, 04:17 AM
Very happy for you, Billie!!! :snoopy:

Calla Lily
12-08-2010, 04:20 AM
:hooray: :hooray: :hooray:

charmingbillie
12-08-2010, 04:22 AM
Thank you, Wayne, Haupe, and Lily!!!

It's like selling it all over again getting to talk about it online :)

Perks
12-08-2010, 04:23 AM
Wow! Yippee! Congratulations!

CheekyWench
12-08-2010, 04:42 AM
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dgrintalis
12-08-2010, 05:56 AM
Congratulations! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

Smish
12-08-2010, 05:57 AM
Congrats!

kellion92
12-08-2010, 06:01 AM
Yay Charmingbillie!!!! Great news.

jscribbles
12-08-2010, 06:12 AM
GRATZ!!!!!

charmingbillie
12-08-2010, 06:39 AM
THANK YOU, Perks and Cheeky and drgrintalis and smish and Kellion and jscribble!!

Whew! I've been at this writing thing a long time and I'm v. happy about this sale :)

Steam&Ink
12-08-2010, 06:46 AM
Wow, that's great! Congratulations!

:)

Little Red Barn
12-08-2010, 06:56 AM
Awesome and awesome, BilliE!!!! :hooray::hooray::snoopy:

Brenda Hill
12-08-2010, 07:42 AM
Congratulations!

Kitty Pryde
12-08-2010, 10:12 AM
WOW! That's so cool. Mega congrats! I have a vague recollection of reading your query letter here in SYW I think? Can't wait to read it! :D

colealpaugh
12-08-2010, 02:11 PM
Awesome news, congrats! Now get writing!

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12-08-2010, 02:55 PM
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charmingbillie
12-08-2010, 03:45 PM
THANK YOU, all!!! It's SO much better when there are people to share with :)

Phaeal
12-08-2010, 05:21 PM
Let's hear the whole story! The suspense of the long waits, the ups, the downs. I don't see an agent mentioned. Did you hit through the slush pile?

CGs and three banana cheers, one for each novel!

:banana: :banana: :banana:

Adam
12-08-2010, 06:00 PM
Awesome! Congratulations! :D

Tasmin21
12-08-2010, 06:03 PM
:snoopy:

ink wench
12-08-2010, 06:06 PM
Congrats again, Billie!!!

CheyElizabeth
12-08-2010, 06:47 PM
Woo hoo that's amazing! Congrats! And your book sounds awesome, I love ghost stories and unsolved murders!

charmingbillie
12-08-2010, 07:17 PM
Thanks again, everyone!!

Phael, except for all the long years before (and by long, I mean LONG, also many many years), it was fairly straightforward. I signed with my agent in January, she started submitting in April and I got the offer in May.

As to the three-book aspect, for anyone who cares about those things (and I do, I always read this kind of stuff, so I hope it's not just babble), I queried WIDE OPEN as a single book. When my agent asked me what other projects I had in mind, I sent her four single-paragraph descriptions of books I'd either been working on or wanted to work on, which included two sequels to WO. Agent submitted WO as a single title. The offering editor asked if I had a series in mind, and my agent sent her my two paragraphs of description. And that's what they bought--one book and two paragraphs.

kayleamay
12-08-2010, 07:43 PM
WOOT! Congratulations!

Bluestone
12-08-2010, 08:33 PM
charmingbillie, SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! This is major!

And really happy you can finally talk about it so that we can celebrate with you. Wow, just wow.

:TheWave::TheWave:

Renee Collins
12-08-2010, 09:41 PM
Wow!! Congrats! Your story sounds really cool. :)

jilly61
12-09-2010, 01:25 AM
Congratulations! :snoopy:

Erin
12-09-2010, 01:46 AM
Awesome! CONGRATS!!! :partyguy:

Maryn
12-09-2010, 01:47 AM
We're all so pleased to hear this. Buy you a drink?

Maryn, erstwhile bartender

MacAllister
12-09-2010, 01:50 AM
Congratulations, and huzzah!!!

Medievalist
12-09-2010, 01:56 AM
This is fabulous news; good for you. I'm delighted you found a home with my very favorite publisher; I even approve of their typesetting and book design.

I hope you are doing something fun to celebrate.

Rowan
12-09-2010, 05:38 AM
I just read that PM announcement earlier today! CONGRATS!! :hooray:

kaitie
12-10-2010, 09:40 PM
Congratulations!

heyjude
12-10-2010, 10:12 PM
:snoopy: Congratulations!

Yes, tell us, what are you doing to celebrate?

Sweet Tea
12-12-2010, 05:41 AM
WOWzers! Congrats!

wyntermoon
12-12-2010, 05:53 AM
YAY! Congratulations!!

JamieB
12-12-2010, 06:26 AM
Congrats!!

HappyCamper
12-12-2010, 09:14 AM
Congrats! :-)

N. M. Hayden
12-12-2010, 04:23 PM
Congratz!! ^.^

Party?

charmingbillie
12-12-2010, 06:50 PM
Thank you, everyone!!! I'm SO pleased about the sale. And can't wait for all the next steps. I have a terrific editor and Tor puts out great books so I'm excited about how everything will turn out.

RobJ
12-12-2010, 06:56 PM
Congratulations.

Nya RAyne
12-12-2010, 10:47 PM
Freaking awesome news!! Congrats!

Fruitbat
12-12-2010, 11:54 PM
Congrats!!!

stormie
12-13-2010, 01:56 AM
A three-book deal to Tor?! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

waylander
12-13-2010, 02:12 AM
Huge Congo rats!!

Very very well done