Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kudos And A Giveaway!

One of our alumni has sold their book and will see it in print June 1. How exciting is that?! We saw the query for TJ Robinson's THE ACADEMY DEFENDERS just over a year ago.

The publisher, Rhemalda Publishing, is holding a drawing at Goodreads for 5 free advance copies.

There are already 178 readers who've entered. By that indicator, this book should be a hot read for summer once it's officially released.

5 comments:

TJ Robinson said...

Thanks for your support Phoenix and for all of your help. I couldn't have done it without you.

Jo-Ann said...

That is fantastic! Well done, TJ.

I'm itchng for stats, such as how many agents you approached, how long before one bit, whether or not there was a bidding war between publishers and so on....

Sarah Laurenson said...

Looks awesome. Congrats!

TJ Robinson said...

Thanks for the well-wishes. For those interested, here's my story - be prepared, it's going to be long:)

I started writing The Academy Defenders exactly two years ago today. It was the first MS I had written, and it was a lot of fun. As I was preparing to send out my query letter, I had a moment of inspiration - which doesn't happen very often for me:) - and came up with an idea for another series that I was very excited about. So I decided to shelf The Academy Defenders for a while and focus on the second project. I finished that MS in two months and then started sending out queries. At the same time, I was talking to a couple of local authors, and one of them mentioned that they had just signed with Rhemalda Publishing. So I checked them out and decided to send a query and partial there way. A few weeks later they requested the full, and a few weeks after that I was offered a contract. So stats for The Academy Defenders are kind of tough. I sent out a few queries before turning to my second project, but Rhemalda was the first to bite. As for my second series ... I sent out around 35 queries. I had seven requests, and about a week later recieved a thanks-but-no-thanks from four of them. Then one of the remaining three (who also happened to be my top choice - yea!) sent me an offer for an exclusive. I accepted, and we have spent the last few months getting it ready for publishers (the agent suggested some plot changes, character development, etc.). I hope to have a contract for it soon. The one thing I have learned so far in this game is to be very, very patient. When people say 2-3 weeks, they often mean 3-6 months:). It has been a wild ride, but I am happy to say that working with Rhemalda has been an absolute pleasure (as has working with my agent).

Sorry for the novel Jo-Ann, hope it answered your questions. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Jo-Ann said...

Hi TJ. No, I like the lengthy respionse, it's always interesting to hear about people's journey. In fact, it might make a good guest post on somebody's blog (no, not mine, it is not exactly well visited)...

As for the length of time, I think two years from conception ot launch is actually speedy in the publishing world that usually seems to move glacially. Again, well done!