Monday, March 26, 2007

LEADER OF THE PACK

12:30 pm and 81 degrees.
There are times in your life that you know you will always remember until the day you die. Those moments so spectacular so filled with love that they stay with you forever.
This was one of those days.
The 2007 Putnam Fall Catalog arrived Fed Ex this morning. I opened the box.
There it was. Then I noticed what was on the cover.
The cover art of LOTTERY.
I choked up.

The catalog is what the sales force use to sell books to retail outlets like Borders, Barnes & Nobles and other book sellers.
Being the first book in the catalog is a big deal.
Being given a two page spread is also a big deal.
Lottery is first in the catalog.
And has a two page spread.

This is another step in my journey to publication.
I am so grateful to be able to share it with you.

72 comments:

Kimber An said...

Wow! I mean...wow! What else can I say?

WOW!!!!!!

Holly Kennedy said...

I'm so happy for you, Pat!
Such wonderful news and such an incredible moment, isn't it?
And just think, this is only the beginning.

Onward. Write on, girl :)

sunjunkie said...

Wow, Pat. That is HUGE. Congratulations! Your hard work is paying off.

M. G. Tarquini said...

I'm getting my copy hermetically sealed.

*grinning from ear to ear for you*

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for the day to come when Mindy would finally tell me who wrote this amazing book she was privileged to read before it came out. Finally, it's here! All she would say was something to the effect of, "I can't say anything else about it but you have to get this book by this author I can't tell you about. Trust me. You will love it." Talk about cruel! Sigh.

I'm already entranced by Perry and his story just from what little I've read here. (And, therefore, have already ordered it from Amazon. So much for not ordering any more books...)

Congratulations!

Carolyn

Killer Yapp said...

Despite the presence of many felonious felines on your blog, I too am glad to see your success.

ORION said...

OMG!!!MISS SNARK!!!
and your little dog too!
I am not worthy
I am not worthy
I am not worthy

kaytie said...

Congratulations from a complete stranger! I look forward to seeing your book on all the front tables...!

Victoria Dove said...

How amazingly exciting!!! I got paid this weekend and am pre-ordering your book ASAP!!!!!!!

I'M getting goosebumps, and it's not even my book!

Oh yeah, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Vicky

E. Ann Bardawill said...

That is, like, totally cool.

Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to reading your book!

Kim said...

Congratulations! This is sooo wonderful!

**doing the happy dance***

LadyBronco said...

Oh Pat...

That is just so very awesome.
I am getting choked up too.

You go, Girl.

Anissa said...

Yay, Pat!!! That ro0cks. I'm so very happy for you!

Katie said...

Pat, congratulations!

I love, love, love your cover art.

The Anti-Wife said...

All this and Hawaii too! You are one lucky woman.

Absolutely fantastic! Congratulations!

Joyce said...

Congratulations, Pat!

Although I don't know you personally, I am so happy for you. As a fellow writer, I know what a huge deal this is.

I can't wait to buy a copy. It sounds like a wonderful book!

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

How exciting! I've been hearing about this book and can't wait to grab my own copy. Congrats and enjoy!

Heidi the Hick said...

Oh my gosh, that is so awesome!

(I'm kinda choked up!)

Jean said...

Wow. Congratulations. (And your Girl Kitty looks a lot like my Natasha.)

overdog said...

Patricia/Orion, I can't wait to read your book!

littlebirdblue said...

Shiny! Congrats.

Christopher M. Park said...

Congratulations, Orion! What a wonderful big deal!

Chris

foggidawn said...

WOW! That's amazing. Congratulations from a fellow Snarkling.

(And Miss Snark has linked to you, too -- also amazing)

M. G. Tarquini said...

That is, like, totally cool.

Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to reading your book!


Good thing, E. Ann, because I'm sending a copy to every Bunion. Early Christmas present.

Ric said...

A moment to remember! When dreams come true...

Anonymous said...

Pat, I'm coming out of lurkdom to say, "Woohoo!" This is fabulous. AND you got a woof of congratulations from KY too.

Diantha

r louis scott said...

Bravo!!! Enjoy your time on cloud nine!!!

Gay said...

And I've already ordered a copy of the book. :D

I've linked to you, too, but I don't think that makes me nearly as special. (Sadly).

What do you have to do to become Miss Snark's "Very Own"? she asked, trembling and hoping that it wasn't anything too awful. (Quick, quick, says Fiddy. Check the homepage. Are the cats still there? Phew! At least KY hasn't demanded feline sacrifice.)

Anne said...

Fantastic! What a trip you have had.

Anonymous said...

I saw the link on Miss Snark's blog, so I just wanted to pop in and join the long line of people saying CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm really, really excited for you. I'm bouncing up and down in my chair and grinning, and I don't even know you. Lol. :D I can't even imagine how much hard work you've put into your writing and you really deserve this. I'm going to buy Lottery at Borders the second it comes out (I'm too young for a credit card so no pre-ordering for me) and will share it with all my friends. Dreams do come true, and now that yours has maybe mine can too!

Congratulations!

Robin L. said...

Oh how exciting!! That's just wonderful - AND a mention on Miss Snark's blog!

Zappadong said...

Congratulations ! Congratulations !!
Congratulations !!!

from Snarkling Zappadong (doing the happy dance together with kim)

Kiskadee said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
Nothing like good news like this, to being me out of lurkdom.
Two obeservations:

- Nice people deserve good things
- Your publisher loves you

Great stuff!

I shall buy Lottery as soon as it is available in England.

Niteowl said...

Heartfelt congratulations.

Stephen Parrish said...

You deserve it. You worked long and hard for it.

Maya Reynolds said...

Many, many, many congratulations and best wishes!!!

That's so terrific.

I'm so happy for you.

ORION said...

Wow.
I go away for some dinner and all these people came by while I was gone.
I am so honored by the outpouring of congrats and good wishes.
Yes dreams do come true.
Part of the responsibility that come with dreams coming true is the encouragement of other dreamers.
I take this part of my job very seriously.
Dream on.

sylvia said...

Hurray! Wow! Congrats and well done!

That's brilliant news.

Alex Adams said...

Congratulations!! May this be the first of many successes!

Bernita said...

NYT best seller list is next, Pat!

Kim Stagliano said...

Oh my Gosh. THis is such a vote of confidence and a compliment from Putnam to you. God Bless!!!

Therese said...

How absolutely cool this is!

Makes me wish I was a bookseller just for the pleasure of ordering piles of copies. :)

Way to go!!!

Gina Black said...

Sent by MS. This is wonderful and so very encouraging to the rest of us dreamers! :)

Meretta said...

Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous.

I'm looking forward to reading your book. :)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Man, what's going on in the world? You're the second blogger with really good news today.

Congrats, congrats, congrats! May your sales be HUGE and you earn out your advance three months before sales slow.

Wendy Roberts said...

AWESOME! I'm very, very thrilled for you and I'm running off to pre-order NOW!

Martha O'Connor said...

It's a spectacular book, and soooo deserves this treatment. I am thrilled for you, Pat. xo

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, I can't wait to read it.
MEGA CONGRATULATIONS.

Michelle Zink said...

This is so, so wonderful, Pat.

I'm so moved and pleased for you.

Anne said...

Was in a rush when I posted my congrats on this earlier. Now I must add...

Although I have yet to meet Pat (I know we will connect one day)I believe this could not have happened to a nicer person. Those of us who follow her blog or email back and forth, know her generosity. When she thinks she can help, she tosses out what she knows, and she shares fully of her most excellent adventure.

Here's to Pat and LOTTERY. May this be the first of many successful adventures. May she continue to be the friend she has been to so many aspiring authors.

Judy said...

Very very many congratulations! Here's lifting a glass in your honor.

Gerb said...

OMG! Goosebumps! Congrats. This really is something to be proud of!

Gerb

ORION said...

Too cool for words!
Thanks for all the support. I have to tell myself one step at a time.
This journey does not end with publishing.
I've been tagged by Holly and will Post the answer to the question: Why do I blog? tomorrow.

Kanani said...

Pat- I've thought of you often and wanted to note 2 things:

1. You've had a wonderfully varied life. We've been privileged to share the result of all the experiences you've had.

2. You are generous. So many of us here are working to be where you are now. Thank you a million times over.

Last night in class, I mentioned 'this lady on a boat in Hawaii who has a book coming out' in class. A woman was thinking that her 'editor' was going to catch all her mistakes (mind you, this is a woman who I think is used to passing things off to others). So I brought up your first pass pages, and how you were diligently going through them, (even though your cats are quite pissed off about this whole thing).

So celebrate! Be joyous in all that you've work for. This book is the culmination of every experience you've ever had.

And DO check out our latest creation:
The Writerly Pause

I suspect you'll be asked by the group for a phone conference in the Fall.

And to everyone else: I love the utter lack of ego that all of you bring to this board. Keep supporting one another, because the naysayers are always pounding on the door.
xxx
Kanani

ChumleyK said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!

Jess Riley said...

Congratulations! That is so very amazing. I am grinning ear to ear for you! :)

adrienne said...

OMG and now I am tearing up! What a lovely welcome home present. I turn on the computer, do the round of the old blogs I have missed over the last fwe days . . . and wow Pat. That is amazing. Congrats. I am so excited and happy for you! So much so that, seriously, I have nothing else to say.

(but Mazel Tov and congrats again!)

Manic Mom said...

That is AWESOME! I will be getting your novel the day it is in the bookstore.

I think I recall your story to publication a rough one, with people doubting you. Is there a link to your story somewhere so I can read more about it?

Thanks, and congrats. That must have been an amazing experience for you to see the catalog cover!

Stephanie

Sam said...

I can't wait to read the book!!!!!!!!!

ORION said...

Oh Kanani,
This is such a marvelous post. If I blushed I would be blushing. How can we not help each other by sharing our experiences? Success is not finite. There is enough to go around a hundred times over.
I am glad I can help.
It's the teacher in my soul and the sailor in my heart.

Pat Logan said...

Fantastic! Congratulations.

Kasey Mackenzie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is such exciting news, and you should be hella proud of yourself. Good for you! =)

Michelle said...

this is just amazing! Congrats on another amazing step along your journey. And to think I knew you when...(kinda)

Lori Stevens said...

Pat--wow! A red letter day! Congrats especially on the two-page spread so early in the catalog.
Marking Aug 2 on my calendar to go purchase a copy...did I mention I live in Everett? Can't wait to read Lottery!

Celeste said...

Beautiful :) I hadn't been over here for a while, but spotted you on the snarkfiles... Gorgeous cover, and great PR, too! What more can you ask for?

Buffy said...

So Pat, have you stopped giggling yet?

:)

Congratulations!

Naomi said...

I'm really looking forward to this book. It'll be the one hard cover book that I'll buy this year by someone I don't know!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to be a part of all these people
congratulating you on a job well done and a part of history as far as I am concerned. I have followed your blog and thus your progress and it is in-it-self a hollywood story. It gives us all hope to follow our dreams, work hard, have faith, keep at it and
all that good stuff. To have such tenacity in such a competitive field is amazing, However, it is also great to see how all or you support each other, I am not an author but enjoy reading author's blogs as you all have to have such creativity---but then as I have learned, be businesspeople, accountants, marketers, everything.. it doesn't just stop after
writing your masterpiece. So congrats to all of you.......
Way to go.. keep it up,,, an admirere, Mary G.

dana said...

M.G. sent me over here - how exciting! Congrats!

And woot for me - I'm FINALLY get a Christmas present from M.G.!!!!

kathie said...

Wow, the cover is fantastic. Simple, inspiring. Can't wait to read it. BTW, I got here through Mindy and I'm glad I came. You've got yourself a new fan.

jennifer said...

So much good news! Congratulations and safe travels!

Nicole Brackett said...

What an absolutely phenomenal experience. Good for you!!!!!