"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, May 21, 2012

How it all went down

Happy Monday!

1) First, thank you all so much for all the support! I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of supporters both through the Internet and in real life. I want to give away gobs of books off my bookshelves in thanks. Any suggestions?

2) Second, I've had lots of questions about the books, the deals, and how it all went down.

3) Third, I've had people ask if SOLSTICE will be the exact same as the previously indie-published version.

4) Fourth, people have asked if the cover will change for SOLSTICE.

The short answer to (3) above is "NO", but that's a post for a different day! The short answer to (4) is "PROBABLY", but only the oracle at Delphi could answer at this time.

For this post, I offer up my answer to (2) with a timeline of how I managed to sell two books to Tor Children's.


May 4th, 2011 - I indie-publish SOLSTICE with the help of my amazing agent, Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. All is good. I am selling books. People are reading SOLSTICE. People are liking SOLSTICE. It has a pretty cover and it makes me happy. And I think this is it for SOLSTICE. Yes, maybe I will write a sequel for SOLSTICE someday soon, but until then, I move on...

Sometime after May 4th, 2011 - I again begin revisions for my all-time-favorite-novel-I've-ever-written, my MG fantasy story, TUT, about King Tut who's really just this sarcastic, immortal, 14-year-old kid who's living in DC with his one-eyed cat, trying to find the afterworld while avoiding getting his heart ripped out. I love this story. I want it to sell! Go, TUT, go!

Sometime just after Labor Day, 2011 - TUT goes on submission! Whoo hoo! Let's repeat it. Go, TUT, go!

October 1st, 2011 - Oooh, Susan Chang at Tor is interested in TUT! She thinks it has potential. She thinks I am talented. And she wonders what else I've written. Laura tells her about SOLSTICE. Susan is interested. Susan likes mythology. Laura sends it her way! Wait!!!! Suddenly SOLSTICE is on submission. How exactly did that happen? But all of a sudden I am dying for it to sell. Yes, I know it is already published, but...Tor! SOLSTICE! Go, SOLSTICE, go! GO, TUT, go!

November 8th, 2011, 11:00 am - Laura calls. I sell foreign rights for SOLSTICE to Brazil. I get a happy smile on my face.
November 8th, 2011, 3:30 pm - Laura calls again. But this time she's in the middle of her agency meeting, checking her email, and she's received an email from Susan Chang at Tor. She calls me on speakerphone so all agents at the meeting can hear. I get an offer from Tor!!!!! Yes, Tor, the very best SFF publisher ever, wants to publish words I have written. My happy smile turns ridiculously big.

Okay, insert author's note here: Let November 8th forever be remembered as "the day it all turned around." I admit it. I was losing the faith. I had waited like forever. And then forever after that. But then November 8th came, and it all turned around. 
I think November 8th would make a very nice holiday.

...insert a month of negotiations...

December 8th, 2011 - This is it. It's final. Susan Chang at Tor has made offers for both TUT and SOLSTICE, and I have accepted! Yay, book sales! Yay, SOLSTICE! Yay, TUT!

If you wait long enough, it really will ring. 
Some days even twice!


GABY said...


miki said...

Yes Congrats

Frankie Diane Mallis said...


Angela Brown said...

Thanks for sharing the timeline. I've already read and ENJOYED Solstice but I look forward to purchasing the Tor edition when it becomes available and TUT sounds like a wonderful read.

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm ashamed to admit this, but somehow I did not realize Solstice was part of this. For some reason, I was under the impression you'd sold Tut and ... something else. I can't even remember what I thought it was now.

Oh well, it's still time for a huge CONGRATULATIONS, PJ!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Gaby and Miki and Frankie! I love how it all worked out!

Ooh, thank you, Angela! I'm excited about the revisions I've done and also about TUT.

LOL, Matthew! Maybe you were thinking of my next giant book I will sell for gazillions of dollars? Anyway, thank you!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome Trish. So very excited for you. And I hope I can interview you when TUT comes out.

Rebecca said...

Yay, PJ!

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Natalie, thanks! And yes, please! I would love that :)

Hey Becky, thank you! I really appreciate the well wishes!

Book Flame said...

congratulations that's awesome!

storyqueen said...

Wow, that month of negotiations must have been intense!

so happy for you!


PJ Hoover said...

Hey Book Flame, thank you!

Shelley, every single thing that happens in this business is intense, right? I try so hard to be patient, but after about a week, I crumble.
Thank you!

Lisa said...

That's so awesome, PJ. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Lisa!