Friday, November 2, 2007

My First Sale!

IN THE NEWS: Who cares? Did you not read the title of this post?

Hey, no you're not seeing things. That title is correct. Yep, I'm very excited, because I did in fact sell my very first story. I finally got the call--or e-mail, if you will--from Samhain Publishing!

So, to those of you who doubted that Jennifer could ever string together a coherent sentence, let alone a fairly amusing 50,000 word story, I now can say...

Don't feel bad. I seriously doubted it, too.

Ha! Yet, somehow--with the help of some really awesome critique partners, a cooperative 4 year-old, and a very understanding hubby--I managed to write a story and finally sell it. Woo-hoo!!

Here's the blurb for The Role of a Lifetime:

Desperate for the publicity to help her struggling preschool, Sandra Moyer agrees to allow Hollywood playboy Ben Capshaw access to her classes in order for him to do character preparation for his upcoming movie role. Her mistrust of actors has her worried about that decision, but, as she sees him in action with the children, her apprehension turns to wonder, and she begins to have feelings for him she thought were closed off the day her actor husband had left.

Since he was a boy, Ben Capshaw has learned acting was the answer to everything. Therefore, he knows the new role he’s up for will not only enhance his career, but secure his happiness. But spending time with Sandra and her daughter stir up feelings that—for once in his life—aren’t pretend. Can he convince Sandra he isn’t acting this time, or will he be typecast again?



Sound funny? No? Oh. Hmm. Well, yeah, I guess it doesn't. But trust me, it's pretty darn cute.

But before I sell you more on this story... first things first. My heartfelt thanks goes out to ALL my friends at RAH (Chicki, Angela, Theresa, Tash, Zaynah) and Passionate Critters (Debora, Deb, Mercy, Cyn, Janai) who read various chapters of this particular story, laughed where I wanted them to laugh, stroked my poor battered ego, corrected my grammar, and talked me off the ledge more times than I care to remember.

Your support and friendship has made this time so much more special to me.

THANK YOU all so much!

And, now that that's out of the way...

Let's party! :)

25 comments:

Angelle Trieste said...

Yay! Congrats!

Debora said...

We never doubted you'd sell! Congrats and hopes for boatloads of sales!

Bethany said...

Hey Jennifer!! Congrats on the sale!! Can't wait to pick it up since you had it critted before my time with the Critters ;). Sounds great, though!

Congrats!

Chicki said...

I am SO happy for you! It's a great story and deserves to be published so everybody can read it!

CONGRATULATIONS!

lainey bancroft said...

Party! Party! Party!

Welcome to your Role of a Lifetime: Jennifer Shirk, bestselling author!!


Yee Hah!

Chelle Sandell said...

YAY!! WooHoo!! You go girl! I agree...can't wait to read it since it was before my time too!! I love your humorous voice and knew it wouldn't be long!!

HUGS
Chelle

Angela Jefferson said...

Congrats, Jennifer! I remember reading this story and thinking it was a winner. We are so very proud of you.

Angela

Anonymous said...

Yeah Jennifer!!

It's such a great story and so well deserved. So happy for you!
Deb B

Tempest Knight said...

Congrats on the contract!

Valerie Everhart said...

WoooHoooo!!!

Awesome news, Jennifer. I never doubted it for a moment. I'm so glad for you that Samhain found you!! Let us know the publishing date so we can go and buy the whole story. Congrats, girl!

Annie Doyle said...

This is very exciting news indeed. Very happy for you Jennifer. Sending my heartiest congratulations and best wishes.

Grammar Geek said...

Congrats Jennifer! :)

I'm looking forward to working with you...

Tammi said...

Jennifer! How cool...The story sounds interesting. Preschool and playboys make for a fascinating mix:)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Thanks for all the well wishes!

**Hugs and kisses coming your way (whether you want them or not) LOL!

Silke said...

Grats!!

Actually, with all this patting you on the back, you'll go all crooked and lopsided soon!:)

M. C. Pearson said...

FANTASTIC news!!!

Congrats, dahlink!

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Cynthia Brayden-Thomas said...

Yeh, Jennifer! I knew you were a great writer from the moment I first set eyes on you. On your book, I mean. Well, your characters. I mean...oh phooey. YOU'RE GREAT! CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to download all of your book and call it all my own. :)

Elle Fredrix said...

Have you pulled yourself off the ceiling or are you still hugging yourself with glee??

This is such exciting news! Huge congrats. Can't wait to buy your book.

Virginia Lady said...

Congratulations! Woohoo! People are dancing for you! Well, I am at least. Always exciting when a new author comes along.

K-reg said...

Sounds great...but what happened to Rush being one of your favorite music groups in your profile?

Anonymous said...

Jenn,
Good things happen to good people who pray. But you are also blessed with a sweet, humorous "voice" and an even sweeter personality. I am really thrill and happy for you beyond words.
praise the Lord!

Love always,
you know who.

Gail said...

Jen,
Thanks so much for sending me your news!!! Huge congrats and mega hugs being sent your way from little RI.
I love your blog, too.
Party on... I'm holding up my glass in a virtual toast, wishing you huge success and much more to come!!

Gail E.

Bella said...

Congrats Jennifer. Where the heck have I been these past few weeks? I missed this big news. Way to go...lots of cyber hugs and champagne...oh and a cabana boy to give you a free massage.

Bella

Jennifer McKenzie said...

WOOOOOOOOOOT!!! A first sale and to SAMHAIN! That ROCKS! Great job.