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06-29-2007, 01:27 AM
Tooting my own horn here---my memoir just sold! My agent is working out the final contract details; I should have a contract in-hand by end of business Friday, 6/29/07. It's been a long road----I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell people I have a real book deal inked! Yay! Details to come. . . .

06-29-2007, 01:29 AM
pleased for you!! Congrats....

06-29-2007, 01:31 AM
Tooting my own horn here---my memoir just sold! . . .
Yay!! http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif


Claudia Gray
06-29-2007, 01:37 AM

Calla Lily
06-29-2007, 01:48 AM

06-29-2007, 01:49 AM
Tooting my own horn here---my memoir just sold!
Congratulations! Don't recall seeing your posts before, so I'm wondering what it's about...(about you, obviously, but wondering what your life has been about).

My agent is working out the final contract details; I should have a contract in-hand by end of business Friday, 6/29/07. It's been a long road----I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell me people I have a real book deal inked! Yay! Details to come. . . .
Looking forward to those details... In the meantime I'm scanning your website and blog... looks like you have some nice writing and performing arts credits, like you didn't just start on this writing thing last winter (like, um, I did). Congrats on making it into the 0.5 percent!

06-29-2007, 04:41 AM
Thanks, all. Ben, my memoir deals with family mental illness and its consequences. Details to come once the contracts are signed.


06-29-2007, 05:08 AM
Hey, Sak, that is indeed good news! Don't forget to give us the $$ details too.;)

A glass of wine with you, madame!

06-29-2007, 05:13 AM
Sakamonda, that's terrific news! Go celebrate!

06-29-2007, 05:35 AM
Congrats! How exciting! :D

06-29-2007, 06:34 AM
Fantastic news, Sak! We will be waiting to hear those details. CONGRATULATIONS! :D


Don Allen
06-29-2007, 06:35 AM
To know it can be done makes us all happy. The very best success to you...

06-29-2007, 06:38 AM
EXCELLENT news, Sakamonda. Happy for you!

06-29-2007, 07:05 AM
That's great news! You've made it over another hurdle, probably the biggest one. Now you have assistance getting the rest of the way!

06-29-2007, 07:31 AM

06-29-2007, 08:13 AM
Finally! Congrats to you!

Susan B
06-29-2007, 08:33 AM
Already saw a hint about this on one of the other forums. But once again, big congratulations!! Awaiting the details, along with everyone else...


06-29-2007, 10:11 AM


06-29-2007, 06:03 PM
never mind - silly question!

Little Red Barn
06-29-2007, 06:24 PM
Big Congrats :)

06-29-2007, 06:51 PM
Wonderful!! Congratulations! :) :)

06-29-2007, 09:49 PM
We want details!

Penny Graham
06-30-2007, 08:44 AM
Congratulations Sak, please keep us posted. I remember you from my being sued for writing memoirs thread! Your book sounded interesting and obviously it was. Good luck, though you don't need that wish anymore. We are all pulling for you.

September skies
06-30-2007, 08:54 AM
:snoopy: congratulations! And yes, I was just reading the thread about whether one could get sued or not. Can't wait to hear more about it all! Details. We want details. :)

07-01-2007, 07:42 AM
Go girl!

07-01-2007, 09:45 AM
Congrats & way2go!

07-04-2007, 01:55 AM
just a brief update---we (agent and I) are still going back and forth w/ the publisher on some of the contract terms, but we should have details on my memoir deal out by early next week. . .


Susan B
07-04-2007, 06:49 AM
Darn, I keep checking back, and the suspense is killing me :-) And I'm heading off on Thursday on an 11 day vacation without much internet access. So I guess I'll have to wait till mid-July to hear the exciting details! (Also waiting to hear about my own book, now in the hands of 3 publishers. Vacations can be hard!)

Congrats again!


07-04-2007, 06:49 PM
Congratulations! You must be thrilled and proud. (You know that we are, for you!)

Looking forward to hearing updates.

07-05-2007, 01:40 AM
Congratulations, Sakamonda! Celebrate!:hooray:

07-05-2007, 01:50 AM
Sakamonda;1435900]Tooting my own horn here---my memoir just sold!

Congrats, now you're a real writer...:D Hope we all have the same good fortune as you...

07-06-2007, 06:02 AM
Congratulations! A dream come true! This is so exciting. Thanks for sharing the details as you go along.

07-06-2007, 05:55 PM
Congratulations on your success! I'll be checking back here to see how things progress with your book. Well done, and thanks for sharing your journey.

07-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Fabulous news! and in your case we'll have to add a fourth, for baby on the way....did one agent sell all three books to different pubs at the same time? Kind of amazing right there.....

cheers to you.

07-07-2007, 07:10 PM
Provided all goes well w/ the contract negotiations on those three deals (contract talks are ongoing on all three) then yes, my agent will have landed all three deals for me in the space of a couple months. Mind you, he has repped me for almost three years and it has taken this long to get those deals, but it is interesting that after all this time it seems to be happening all at once.

Yet more proof that patience and tenacity are key in this business. . .

07-07-2007, 10:19 PM
Yet more proof that patience and tenacity are key in this business. . .

And, good writing!
Again, so happy for you. Three at once!!!!!!!!
Are they all memoir? If not, what are the others about?

07-07-2007, 11:11 PM
Too cool. Congratulations to both you and your agent.

07-15-2007, 02:15 AM
A huge congrats to you! Well done, that's amazing.

07-27-2007, 02:21 AM
Well, the contract negotiations have taken longer than expected due to some staff turnover at the publisher, but we should be done and ready to announce details of the memoir deal very, very soon. Stay tuned. . .

08-02-2007, 03:09 AM
Well, the contracts are finally done and signed, so it's now finally official:

"Jill Elaine Hughes' WACKO, a powerful memoir about surviving mental illness, to Kris Van Hoof-Haines at Hazelden Publishing by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency (World)."

(to be posted today on PublishersMarketplace.com)

08-02-2007, 06:24 AM
I'm glad to hear of it. I think Hazelden will do a good job for you. As I may have told you in an email, I visited their booth at BEA and looked at some of their titles.

08-02-2007, 03:40 PM
Thanks John! I've read some of their other recovery memoirs and they are very well-done. They have given me a very nice advance and royalty terms as well. Hazelden also has several multi-million-selling self-help classics in its backlist and they just signed a European/international distribution deal with Eurospan, so that bodes well for overseas sales, too.

08-03-2007, 10:22 PM
Just wanted to chime in my congrats as well - I left a comment on your blog (marianne which is my real name). Way to go :)

08-04-2007, 03:18 AM
Congrats, Sakamonda! I don't know if you remember me, but I posted some messages to you back in June when you were really struggling -- noting that you had been at this for 5 years. I feel like I know you now:LilLove: and am really happy for you! You hung in there a long time and are now an inspiration to all of us unpublished folk! Good work! Can't w82c your book cover and hear more about the deal.

08-04-2007, 06:27 AM
Thanks everyone for the good wishes!

08-06-2007, 11:40 PM
Wow. Congratulations!