Today’s guest post is by Inara Scott. Inara is the author of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, which will be released August 24, 2010, from Disney-Hyperion. Visit her on the web at www.inarascott.net, friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter (@inarascott).
I sold my young adult novel, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates in October 2007. It was, of course, completely unexpected. No one, or at least no one who knows anything about the business, expects to sell a book. There are too many variables, the business is too hard, and too many great books end up in the slush pile. I’d written two previous novels and had garnered well over 100 rejection letters in my search for publication. So when I got The Call I was shocked, delighted, and light-headed enough that my agent worried I was going to pass out.
But my sale was unexpected in a way that I still can’t quite believe. I sold Delcroix Academy in a two-book “good” deal – a deal that squeaked past six figures. After they picked me up off the floor guess what the first thing I thought about was?
Quitting the day job.
Yes, like many writers, I had a day job; a day job that produced income my family relied upon. A day job I’d fantasized about quitting for years. The size of the deal suggested that I could replace that income, for at least a couple of years, so I mentioned the idea to my agent. Oh so delicately, she counseled me not to quit. It was early yet, she said, and a lot that could happen. Quitting the day job was a fine goal, but perhaps we weren’t there quite yet.
But I’d sold in a good deal. What could go wrong? [Read more…]