The Year That Was….AWESOME!

This title is the best way to describe 2012 for me. In fact, I fear it borders on understatement. I cannot express the level of gratitude I have for all that has happened in the last twelve months. But more than the contest final and the contract is the people.

On March 26th, I received the call that started it all. Jeanne Adams informed me I was a finalist in the 2012 RWA Golden Heart contest (and dealt brilliantly with my crazy reaction.) That one call brought 63 of the most amazing women into my life. Almost instantly we were a family. I have 63 new blessings. 63 examples of strength, intelligence, wit, power, and perseverance. They teach me every day about life and the kind of person and writer I want to be. Thank you, Firebirds.

In June I found the person who would forever change my life further. Nalini Akolekar read my work, believed in it and me, and joined me as a partner and friend on this crazy journey. In August she called me with the news I’d sold and as a reward got was had to be the worst author reaction ever. I practically shut down. No happy dancing. No screaming. I still feel bad and intend to make this up to her by either flipping out when we get the next contract or buying her copious amounts of liquor at Nationals in Atlanta. (It’s likely I will do both.)

Next was virtually meeting the editor who fell in love with my work enough to offer a contract. Lindsey Guzzardo at Montlake Romance will always be the publisher angel who gave me my first contract. And though she’s moved on to other endeavors, I will forever be grateful. I’m now working with the ever enthusiastic Kelli Martin, who already makes me want to hug her with every email, and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Then there are my friends and supporters who have been with me all along. My daughter who says, with great authority and no shock whatsoever, that she always knew I’d do this. Hellie who told me for years I was indeed a writer, only to have me argue that she was insane. Thank goodness she and kiddo made me keep going. Then there’s Marn, Mo, Hal, Sabrina, Sin, Donna, Dee, Leslie, Janga, Manda, Santa, Julianne, Lindsey, and PJ who all offered an endless supply of pom pom waving. And I can’t forget my mom and sister who both read the book and said, “I can hear your voice in my head as I read” and “It reads just like the other books I buy at the store.”

What more could a girl want? Well, lovely sales in 2013 and many more books to come would be nice. But right now, I just want to survive the next five months. I promise to blog more often. I promise not to constantly ask people to buy my book. And I promise not to ever get tired of hearing Hellie say she told me so. Since, you know, she did tell me so.

25 thoughts on “The Year That Was….AWESOME!”

  1. Hellion says:

    You still don’t listen. *LOL* And you better not get tired of my saying “I told you so” because you know I won’t bloody shut up about it. *LOL*

    But yes, 2012 was a PHENOMENAL year! And here’s to hoping 2013 is even better for you–if only so I can say, “I told you so.”

    1. Terri says:

      I have a feeling you’ll still be saying “I told you so” when we’re two retired old biddies sipping from coconuts on our little island. LOL!

      1. Hellion says:

        Undoubtedly. *LOL*

  2. Janga says:

    Just seeing that list of all you’ve accomplished this year set me cheering again. The past year really was a phenomenal year for you, and I’m looking for 2013 to be even more fantastic.

    1. Terri says:

      I definitely didn’t do all that alone, Janga. Thank you for being there for me for so many years now. And your input on this book made it even better. I have no doubts about that. Thank you for your time, knowledge, and support. I better get to finally hug you in person next summer. 😉

  3. Marnee Bailey says:

    I love that Hells had to be first here just so she could say “I told you so” publicly. LOL!!

    I’m so happy for you, lady! Wishing you an equally awesome 2013!!

    1. Terri says:

      This could be a big year for you too, Marn. I’ll be there cheering you on all the way!

  4. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving lady!

    1. Terri says:

      Aw, you’re too sweet. 2013 is going to be the year you break out, woman. Get those edits open!

  5. You definitely had quite a year (though you forgot to mention being roped into becoming the Golden Network’s Vice-president And…ahem…you’re welcome for that.) 😉

    I’m so thrilled we were thrown together by the group that has now become known as the Firebirds. From March to now, it’s been total awesomesauce, and I’m so excited to hear all the good news to come.

    1. Terri says:

      Never fear, Eileen. I’m a serial volunteer-er. (So it’s a new word. So what?) I figure that will lead to many (mis)adventures in 2013 too. Good to have something to keep me busy so I won’t have time to check my stats every few minutes.

      You’re a one of a kind and I have no doubt before long you’ll have to write a blog just like this. HOW many contests did you win this year??

      1. I think you need one of these:

        http://annetaintor.com/product/napkins/stop-me-before-i-volunteer-again

        And it wasn’t that many contests, honest. 😉

        1. Terri says:

          I do need that! But I’ve done really well the last couple years. It was tough at first, and then it got really easy. LOL!

  6. pjpuppymom says:

    So happy for you and proud of you! Can’t wait to hold that published debut in my hands.

    Hellie, thanks for nag…er…encouraging Terri along the way. We owe you! 🙂

    1. Terri says:

      I can’t wait either, PJ. When I saw you’d marked it as to-read, I thought “That’s the kind of influence money can’t buy!” Thank you for the love and support and especially the chocolate. 😉

  7. Terri says:

    I had no idea there were comments here. I didn’t get any emails! (Goodness I’m getting emails for every other blessed thing.) Thank you, ladies. You three are a major reason I’ve gotten this far. Your support and unwavering faith in me is definitely more than I deserve.

  8. Terri says:

    And I had 3 comments waiting to be approved. Didn’t know about those either. Sorry everyone!

  9. Lynnette says:

    I am very happy for you on getting published and I have already sent out emails to friends and have confirmed two more sales for you!!! Oh Yeah!!

    Looking forward to reading the 2nd book. I know that will be a big hit as well.

    Love Sis

    1. Terri says:

      Keep the word of mouth going! I was so excited this morning when I saw that 2 of the people on Goodreads who have marked the book “to read” are total strangers. Total strangers plan to read my book. That’s so cool!

  10. Hope says:

    I cannot believe my luck to get to read another debut of new found friends! I am so excited for you and me….another new author on my must buy list

    I would live to hear your story of how you got started someday….

    As for Atlanta, I cannot wait

    Hope

    1. Terri says:

      Can’t wait to finally meet you in person, Hope. Thank you for your faith in my already and I’d be happy to share the story. You don’t even have to buy me a drink (except water) to get it. 🙂

  11. Sabrina says:

    I’m so happy for you! And cant thank you enough for being there for me too! 2013 is going to be awesome too!

    1. Terri says:

      You make being there so much fun, how could I not! Are you going to make Atlanta? It’s so close. You must come!

  12. Terri, congrats on a great year! I look forward to reading your first book. 🙂

    1. Terri says:

      Thank you, Nancy! I absolutely loved your debut and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

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