Well ... I guess ... now it happened.

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:33 pm Post

The first to call me an author was my agent - some time ago. But today I signed my first book contract with a publishing house - the one i had hoped for. and it says "author". I guess, that's it. still can't believe it ...

thank you keith for writing the app that I call home. Without Scrivener it would have been so much harder to finish the book - every time i start your wonderful program, i have to smile and actually look forward to writing. if you ever need someone to praise Scrivener in the german market - i'll be there.

all the best for you all

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:37 pm Post

You can't argue with a contract ;-)

Congratulations!

Do you mind if I ask about the book itself?

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:56 pm Post

Congratulations and Felicidades!

You are now, and forever, Author.

Esmeralda

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:13 pm Post

no. Don't mind at all. It's a classic thriller ... Fast. Breathless. At least that's what i expect the marketing text to say ...

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:16 pm Post

A tour de force, mind you!
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:08 pm Post

Congratulations!
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Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:25 am Post

Congrats!

Where are you located?
How long did it take you?
What steps did you take?
What was the hardest part to do?
What part took the longest time to accomplish?
Did you share your story with communities like this one?
Yes I'm a newbie LOL..... but I'm so sincere :mrgreen:

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Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:04 pm Post

Congratulations! That's brilliant news!
All the best,
Keith

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Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:51 pm Post

Hi idrisamorris,

sorry for taking so long to answer your questions, but I was on vacation and my computer crashed. Everything scrivener was backuped though. Just a reminder not to get lazy with backups, it can happen to anyone...

so here you go:

idrisamorris wrote:Congrats!

ty

Where are you located?

in munich, germany

How long did it take you?

about 3 years overall - with different intensity (see next question).

What steps did you take?

1. Read, read, read. Books. Analyse them. Read books on how to write novels. Planned the story. (1 yr)
2. Wrote the first half, an expose and synopses for the rest (1 yr not so intense)
3. sent expose and 50 pages out to agents (yes, no publishers, only agents), sent first half after they were interested, found a good one (3 months intense)
4. he sent it out to publishing houses while I finished the book (3 months very intense)
5. found a publishing house, signed the contract (2 months - very nervous)

What was the hardest part to do?

coping with all the refusals and not to faint when i got the news who is gonna publish it. no, seriously: I found the hardest part writing without professional feedback for such a long time. I had a friend who helped me a lot, but still: no publisher talks to you, you can't ask: is this good? what am i getting wrong? it changes, when you find a good agent though.

What part took the longest time to accomplish?

I lost the most time before i had scrivener, because i just couldn't adapt to working in a word processor. just doesn't fit me. after that I still had some motivational issues, but at least, I knew where i was going...

Did you share your story with communities like this one?

no, I never had the courage to do so. also, there is a huge questionmark about publishing on the internet, because most publishers consider it published. if you want to share, i would recommend not publicly posting it but using email to people directly.

Yes I'm a newbie LOL..... but I'm so sincere :mrgreen:


hope that answers everything. all the best to you.

and keith: ty, too for your congrats.

cheers

jenk

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Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:02 am Post

Never argue with a contract! Congratulations!

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