Big news!!! I’m going to be an Escape Artist!

contractsigningI am beyond thrilled to announce that I have signed a contract with Escape Publishing to publish my romantic suspense novel, currently titled Polly’s Patisserie (title to be changed).

Please bear with me while I tell this story’s journey – I’ve been waiting many years to finally have a call story!

In July last year, I wrote a short novella of around 27,000 words, and in the flush of love with my characters, submitted it way too early to Escape Publishing. It didn’t take too long for the rejection to come back, but with some helpful advice that it perhaps needed to be a longer story.

So I went away, took a few months, dramatically strengthened and deepened the story to bring it in around 40,000 words. In Feb this year, I emailed Kate to ask if she would be interested in seeing a revised version. She agreed to look at it, so off it went again.

In late March, I received a very exciting email to say Kate wanted to take Polly’s Patisserie to an acquisitions meeting. The result of which was they liked the story, but wanted it to be longer – at least 50K. Would I be willing to expand the story?

You bet I was! I hadn’t come this far to turn back now! Kate gave me great feedback on where she thought I had room to expand.

More editing, send it off again and more inbox stalking as I waited anxiously to hear.

On 7th July, I’d been to an appointment and was standing in line to use the ATM. I flicked idly through my emails on my phone (as you do) and saw one from Kate. Heart racing, I was next in line, so I thought no, I don’t have time to look. But a few seconds later, I couldn’t resist – I clicked to open it. The words “delighted to accept” jumped out at me.

And then it was my turn at the ATM. I was practically hyperventilating. I couldn’t remember my name, let alone my PIN 🙂 My hands were shaking as I finally remembered and then almost walked away without my money. I was in such a state!

As soon as I stowed my money away, I had to check yet again – and then showed my son to confirm the magic words did really say what I thought they said!

I’m absolutely thrilled that my over-40yo hero and heroine have found a home with Escape without once hearing the words “Maybe they should be younger”… And hopefully it’s the first of many more Escape titles to come!

16 thoughts on “Big news!!! I’m going to be an Escape Artist!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-199127">
    Kate

    That’s a beautiful tale of suspense and excitement. What format will your book be in? And when can we fans expect to be reading about and falling in love with your fabulous middle-aged heroine?

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199131">

      Thanks Kate! It will be in ebook, with an option to maybe go in a print anthology down the track if it sells well. Not sure when yet – the wheels of publishing move slowly – but I’m guessing the 1st half of next year.

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-199128">

    I love this call story Kerrie, congratulations. You’ll love this journey. I hope you popped open a bottle of bubbles.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199132">

      Thanks Kendall – I don’t drink so I had a celebratory cup of tea instead 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-199129">

    Soooo delighted to hear your news! Congrats xxxxxxx

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199133">

      Thanks so much Bernadette!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-199139">

    This is the best news I’ve had all day! I’m so totally thrilled for you!! xo

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199141">

      Thanks so much, Lou! I’m pretty thrilled myself 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-199237">

    Love the story behind the story. Well done! Hang on to that amazing feeling and enjoy the ride!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199258">

      Thanks Louise – really looking forward to the next part of my writing journey!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-199321">

    Such a great story. That you expanded a novella to a Novel, in itself, is amazing. Congratulations, Kerrie.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199324">

      Thanks Rosie – yes, this one definitely had a few drafts! Obviously the better for it though 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-199482">

    Kerrie, such fabulous news. Congratulations!!! And I love that there will be another Australian Romantic Suspense story out on the shelf! Well done on your perseverance and your willingness to work with the publisher. Here’s to a long and illustrious career 🙂

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-199518">

      Thanks Helene, especially for your on-going support! Mine’s not as “suspensey” as your writing, but I do like my villain 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-201172">

    Fantastic news, Kerrie. Congratulations. I cant wait to see your stories out there.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-201670">

      Thanks Suz. Your support means the world to me!

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