From book deal to bookshelf – My first blog

Welcome to my blog!  I thought it would be interesting to follow the path from book sale to publication – since I have no idea what to expect next.  First, a bit about my year of writing.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so last December (08)  when we were snowed in, I thought maybe it was time to actually write something.  I wrote a book.  Then I wrote another one.  Then…I started the querying process.  Eeek.  Lots of ups, lots of downs.  Those rejections are not fun.

I had a book called Urban Bite about feuding vampires, and I didn’t really query it because rumor had it that vamps were out.  But, as I sat at my desk on Dec. 10th, 2009 – it was either jump on the treadmill or send a couple of email queries out.  Email won.  The next day I received a request for a partial (first 50 pages) from an editor at Kensington Publishing.  I sent it.

The following Tuesday the emails went as follows:

9:00 am – partial request from an agent (now my agent)

9:30 am – full manuscript request from the editor (now my editor)

1:00 pm – Full request from agent

The next day:  Offers from both editor and agent.  I signed with the agent, they negotiated, and now I have a three book deal with Kensington for the first book to be released early in 2011.  They’re calling the series, “The Realm Series.”  So, what happens now???  Check back and we’ll find out together.

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About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal, contemporary, and romantic suspense romances. Current series include: Dark Protectors, Sin Brothers, and Maverick Montana.
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9 Responses to From book deal to bookshelf – My first blog

  1. Sayde Grace says:

    Wow, that is terrific. I can’t wait to get this book signed and put on my book shelf. Congrats lady and I love the blog. Gotta go freshen mine up now.

  2. Kylie Smith says:

    Hi Aunt Becky- hope u have a great day – tell me everything !!!!!!! oh guess what- in school we need to write about someone that we think did something really cool in life and I decided to write about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Write me an e-mail.

  3. Lynn Rush says:

    Fantastic. Wow, it happened fast for you. Enjoy the ride, Rebecca!!

  4. Tonya says:

    Rebecca! That is fantastic news!! I can’t wait to hear about your ride and on day enjoy you there!!

  5. Meredith Cleary says:

    What a way to start the New Year. A book deal and an agent! Congratulations.

  6. Brandi Hall says:

    Way to go Bec–I told you it was your year!!! Can’t wait to make everyone I know buy it. :o)

    Congratulations!

  7. Sunny says:

    This is great news and what a follow up to hard work and effort! Well worth it! Having critiqued the preliminary work, I bet the finished product is par excellente! Can’t wait to get my copy signed and say I knew you when!

    Smiles,
    Sunny

  8. Cheryl Rush Nichols says:

    I am so proud of you Bec. I remember reading books with you in 4th grade during sleepovers and knew then that you would be a writer or editor. :) So excited for the book deal. Blog is a great idea.

  9. Cheryl Rush Nichols says:

    I am so proud of you Bec! I remember reading books with you in 4th grade during sleepovers and knew then that you would be a writer or editor some day. :) So excited for the book deal. The blog is a great idea. Lots of love.

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