My Call Story

I’ve always enjoyed reading a good call story and sharing the excitement and joy with my author friends. It’s been a week since I announced my publishing contract with Harper Impulse and I promised to follow up with my own call story:

I spotted Harper Impulse’s call for submissions as I was heading off to the airport and immediately submitted the idea for my Keeper series. I went on holiday and a few weeks later, during a very calm and quiet morning alone at home with my daughter, I received an email from Harper Impulse thanking me for my submission and asking me if I’d be free to chat further.

Like I’d say no. Of course! I immediately sent an email with my contact details and then went outside to play with my daughter, the cordless phone in hand. (I don’t remember a word of the conversation we had in the sandpit!)

And I waited. Longest wait ever.

A million things were going through my head and I tried not to get excited but I kept coming back to the thought that publishers don’t call to reject a submission. I eventually got on with my day and got so wrapped up in my kids and their afternoon activities that at one point, close to five pm, I realized with a jolt of excitement that I was still expecting a call! I sent off another email asking them if they still wanted to chat (i.e. please call me or I won’t be able to sleep tonight) and quickly received a reply with a promise to call within half an hour.

I organized my kids by banishing them upstairs so that I could chat in peace, bribed my son with dessert after dinner if he’d play quietly with his sister without interrupting me whilst I was on the phone (desperation?), and I waited.

The call came moments later and to hear the words “We’ve read your book, we love it, and we’d like to offer you a contract for the series” was like a dream come true. I took a deep breath and tried to act professional when all I wanted to do was squeal!

I don’t remember much of the conversation as my mind was racing but we spoke about what they loved about the book, the contract, the editors, etc. It was such an easy conversation and I felt so comfortable – an indication that I’d done the right thing. When I ended the call, I phoned my husband to tell him he had to come home as I had champagne waiting. He’d just acquired an exciting deal of his own and thought the champagne was for him. Double celebrations that night! Needless to say, my kids received a huge hug for being so well behaved during “my moment” and of course, they got their dessert!

Since the call, my life has taken a busy turn as I’ve been writing up a storm whilst working on book edits and cover briefs with my wonderful editors. I can always see when I’ve been absorbed in my writing: I’m permanently distracted as my mind is constantly spinning, my house is a mess (sorry kids), my husband has to beg me to go shopping, my friends think I’ve immigrated, my admin pile has grown to mammoth proportions, and I’m so behind on my reading and TV series that it’ll take a long holiday to catch up.

But I’m having so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this with me!

Rae Rivers



  1. jolliffe May 24, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Great call story Rae so happy for you. 🙂

  2. Wendy L Curtis May 24, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Congrats! Wonderful story.

  3. Charlotte Phillips May 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    That's a lovely call story! Huge congrats again, and re the messy house, I know where you're coming from! X

  4. Kathleen Bosman May 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    What a really cute call story. Honest and exciting. Wow, a double celebration in one night!

  5. Michelle Richardson May 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    That's a great story! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Romy Sommer May 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Who doesn't love a call story?! So happy we get to be team-mates at Harper Impulse. They are lovely, aren't they?

  7. rsa0218 May 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    What an awesome story Rae and congratulations again! I've only ever gotten "The E-mail" so double congrats on not just getting "The Call", but getting it long distance!

  8. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much, Jane. I appreciate the support! x

  9. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Hi, Wendy. Thank you for the lovely comment and thanks for popping in.

  10. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    My first sale was confirmed via email so it was great to receive an actual call this time round. Lots of excitement! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! x

  11. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Ah, so glad you can relate to the messy house, Charlotte. Generally, I'm not a messy house person at all – unless I'm totally engrossed in my writing! My son even had the cheek recently to suggest that my mother-in-law comes to help! Ouch. Thanks for the read and the comment!

  12. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Hi, Romy! I'm thrilled to be team-mates with you! And yes, our editors are wonderful! *Happy sigh* Thanks for stopping by. x

  13. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Michelle!

  14. Rae Rivers May 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Aw, Kathy, you always leave such lovely comments! Thanks for reading and sharing this with me. x

  15. fionachapman May 25, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Wonderful story, Rae 🙂 am really caught up in your excitement, it really is fabulous news. Well done you 🙂 x

  16. Rae Rivers May 25, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Thank you, Fiona! It's so wonderful to have a team of such wonderful author friends to share this with. Very exciting!

  17. freespiritshaz May 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    A double celebration, Awesome Rae. It is okay to use bribery and have a messy house. Thanks for sharing your call story.


  18. Rae Rivers May 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Hi, Shaz! There are times when a mom has to do what a mom has to do! 🙂 Thanks for reading and the lovely comment. x

  19. Amanda Holly May 27, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Great call story! I felt like I was right there with you! Enjoy the great ride!

  20. Rae Rivers May 27, 2013 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for the support, Amanda! 🙂

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