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Monday, March 27, 2006
What news?

That I sold?

Oh. You mean that news.


Ahem. Not that I'm, y'know, totally thrilled about it or anything.

Samhain Publishing e-mailed me last night and offered to publish Dude, aka Not Quite Dead. It shook me so badly that I couldn't even talk for a while. And that never happens.

I'm still a little foggy, to be honest. Suddenly, things have become complicated. Details, never my forte, are looming large. Still, I have confidence things will work out. I told a few Romance Diva friends and let it out on eHq over at Struggling Writers.

It's just so strange. I had such trouble writing anything until I wrote Dude. I finished the rough draft in four months, then sat on it for almost two years. I pulled it out after RWA last year, cleaned it up (obviously not quite enough!) and started submitting.

I'm just floored.
3/27/2006 06:46:00 AM : : Sela Carsen : : 36 Comments


Super duper CONGRATS!!!

Throwing the confetti for you!!!

Popping the bubbly!


Sometimes the most amazing things hit us broadside... When we've been so used to failure and putting ourselves down, it's quite a shock to find someone else only wants to uplift us.

Happy Day!

Lady M

By Blogger Lady M, at 8:10 AM  

Congratulations! Very exciting. :-)

By Blogger Deanna Hoak, at 8:29 AM  


Details! Which editor? Have you read your contracts yet? OMG!

Had to smile at your "foggy" place and the calm thing. I did EXACTLY the same thing. Eerily calm. About 2 hours after I got the e-mail, I said the words to a friend at church - I sold a book - and then I was just floored. It FINALLY hit me!

You enjoy every bloody minute, you!

By Blogger Donna Alward, at 9:02 AM  


Hey Look, Sela, now we ARE sisters, lol! So happy for you, hon!


By Blogger Dee, at 10:04 AM  

Oh, babe, I've done so much bouncing for you, and now I'm officially crying.

So, so happy, sweetheart!


By Blogger Anna Lucia, at 10:19 AM  

Excellent news! Congratulations, Sela!

By Blogger Jorrie Spencer, at 10:49 AM  

Sela, I am so GLAD, Dear Girl.
You see?
Never doubt.

By Blogger Bernita, at 11:25 AM  

Wow, congratulations! That's fantastic. (Found you through Lady M, by the way.)

Enjoy your fog and befuddlement. :)

By Blogger Karl, at 11:41 AM  

I am so thrilled for you - I remember us in the Monday night chats at Gonnabeez talking about this story and now I'm finally going to be able to read it all through!!! I am so happy and excited for you.

By Blogger Nell Dixon, at 11:49 AM  

Lady, this is fantastic news. Dude is an awesome story, so much fun, and you completely deserve this. You need to party like it's 1999! (Or whatever it was that Prince said.)


By Anonymous Julie Cohen, at 12:00 PM  

I am so thrilled for you.

Congrats big time!

May it be the first of many.

By Blogger Michelle Styles, at 12:28 PM  

Congratulations Sela!

And here's to more sales!

By Blogger Tsavo Leone, at 1:30 PM  

This is wondeful, Sela. Absolutely WONDERFUL.

Did I say it was wonderful?

Well, It's wonderful!


By Blogger M. G. Tarquini, at 1:33 PM  

Congratulations!! May this be the first of many, many great stories and sales.

Lori :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:39 PM  

Absolute great news! And yes, let me add my heartfelt congrats to those already here! I hope you toasted and celebrated.

By Anonymous alexandra, at 4:12 PM  

I'm glad this all worked out for you! Congrats!

By Blogger Kristen Painter, at 4:21 PM  

Hi Sela! I found you through Bernita, and wanted to say congrats! I've heard good things about Samhain!

By Blogger December Quinn, at 5:56 PM  



By Blogger MaryF, at 6:45 PM  

Congratulations hon!!!!!! I'm so stoked for you!!!!!!!!!

By Blogger Amie Stuart, at 7:56 PM  

Sooooo HAPPY for you, Sela!!!!

By Blogger Jaye, at 8:03 PM  

how exciting, sela!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Blogger Jana J. Hanson, at 10:14 PM  

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By Blogger April, at 11:32 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS!! How wonderful and exciting!

By Blogger April, at 11:34 PM  


I knew it, lol!!
So happy for you, Sela!

And welcome, hon. ;-)

By Anonymous raine, at 2:54 AM  


By Anonymous Alan Morgan, at 3:19 AM  

I just had to pop over from Nell's blog to say Congratulations!! That is fabulous!

By Blogger Stacy Dawn, at 6:42 AM  

Congratulations!!!! That's wonderful news :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:17 AM  

Congratulations Sela!

Jess (jess0910 from the M&P)

By Blogger Jessica Raymond, at 8:43 AM  

I am not surprised by this, Miss Sela. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than you do. I hope that the details are a breeze, the warm "sold" feeling lasts for days and that everyone gives you big congrats hugs. After hanging with you when you sent your writing off and knowing it was difficult for you, I am soooo glad you sold.

By Blogger Jen, at 9:55 AM  

Wahhhh hooooo!

Isn't it the best feeling? And honestly, I am not surprised. It will happen again too, so keep typing.

By Blogger Eva Gale, at 12:29 PM  

I never doubted you'd find a home for it! COngratulations!!!

By Anonymous Sasha, at 5:59 PM  

Congratulations, Sela! Woo hoo!

By Anonymous Michelle, at 9:37 PM  

Freakin' Amazing!!!!!!! I am sooooooo happy for you! You know I love that story!

By Blogger jax, at 10:16 PM  

I knew Dude would get published! I loved the beginning. About time the publishers woke up and smelled the coffee. Right on, Sela!

By Blogger Lady_Naomi, at 5:19 AM  

Super, super news! I'm so happy for you, Sela. You're an AUTHOR! YEEHAW!

By Anonymous Shaz, at 6:55 AM  

Sela! I am so excited for you! And I cannot wait to read Dude all the way through -- I always LOVED that story.

Hey, we made it, huh? It's so great to have you as a fellow Samhellion. ;)

~~Alli aka Meg :)

By Blogger Meg Allison, at 10:18 PM  

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