Getting The Call

The month of June was one looong rollercoaster ride. I got an email from my super-top-best-agent-in-the-world Juliet Mushens the day I arrived back from holiday, saying she thought The Murder House was ready to go out on submission.

Cocktails after the first call…

I’ve waited a long time for this moment – I’ve written the book, re-written the book, edited it, re-edited it. I’ve veered from optimism (hey – this is not bad!) to pessimism (this is the worst book ever written) many, many times. I was ready for it to go out there, but also terrified. Because this was it, wasn’t it? All those months of work and planning, this was it. It could all be over in a few weeks, or all about to begin.

It went out on submission in the UK and internationally the Friday after I returned from holiday. I didn’t know when responses would begin coming in, but by the Monday, I had no nails left to bite, I’d drunk ten million coffees and was checking my emails every five seconds.

First responses came in the early part of the week and… people were liking it! They were actually liking my book!! I tentatively said to my husband that I was starting to think this might really happen… Juliet set up conference calls with US editors, which were both terrifying and exhilarating.

By the end of that first week, I knew that more than one editor was offering and that
The Murder House would be going to auction, in the UK and also in Germany.

champagne after the second call…

All the years I’ve dreamed about getting The Call, I always imagined one call, one bottle of celebratory champagne. I didn’t expect two weeks of calls and emails about acquisitions meetings, conference calls, meetings with editors in The Groucho, UK offers, European offers… It was crazy. Insane. Beyond all my wildest dreams. I think when the first offer came in, my husband and I sat around in a daze for about an hour, doing little but muttering ‘Oh my God’ and laughing (and drinking champagne of course.)

The official call from Juliet came on a Friday afternoon, two weeks after the initial submission. I had a two book deal with Little, Brown. The Murder House is going to be published by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central Publishing in the US. It will come out in hardback simultaneously in the UK and US in early 2019 as a lead title, paperback later in the year. German rights were sold at auction to Droemer, and Czech, Polish and French rights have also been sold.

I am beyond thrilled. Beyond excited. I’ve laughed, cried, drunk a million bottles of champagne and basically celebrated every night since getting the news. And the best thing of all… this is only the start.

I can’t WAIT for the next stage!

Vanessa x

16 thoughts on “Getting The Call

  1. Thrilled beyond words for you, my lovely talented friend. You deserve all the success in the world. The Murder House is going to soar! Many many Congratulations! 🙂 Xx

  2. Thank you SO MUCH, Jan! Couldn’t have done it without the support of my lovely Romaniacs xxx

  3. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:
    It’s fabulous when another RNA member gets a great book deal. New Romantics Press really rejoices that lovely Vanessa Savage is that person. Now – if only romance could attract the attention of publishing houses, we’d be laughing . . . all the way to the bank. Or, maybe we should rob the bank and join the current ‘crime wave’.

  4. All of us at New Romantics Press are celebrating with you Vanessa. Oddly enough, Lizzie, June and Mags had a ‘close encounter’ with your agent on our way to a summer party many moons ago. That was before THE MINIATURIST and before any of us were even published. She was just starting out in those days . . . we should have kidnapped her, held her hostage and . . . just kidding. Many congrats to you and her for a job well done.

  5. Congratulations, Vanessa. Gosh, the 2011 RNA conference, when we were conference buddies and wannabe authors, seems so long ago now. I am absolutely thrilled for you. Good luck with the success of this book! Can’t wait to read it!

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