I also had the pleasure of offering a contract last week at ACFW. I’d received a proposal for it late last year and decided several months ago that I would like to buy it. With the help of the author’s good friend Kaye Dacus and her agent Les Stobbe, I confirmed that the author would be at conference. I told these faithful friends that if they’d help me keep a secret and keep her patient, I’d wait to surprise her with this contract in person at ACFW. Erica Vetsch, will you please comment and let us know if it was worth the wait?
Like Susan, I had to finagle a way to avoid my scheduled appointment with Erica that was originally to be held just an hour or so before the presentation. I knew there was no way I could evade questions that would likely be about The Bartered Bride without giving away my secret. I’m certainly no actress! But Wanda Dyson helped rearrange schedules, and everything worked out to successfully surprise Erica.
It is so much fun to help make an unpublished author’s dream come true. Kinda makes me feel like a fairy godmother. :) Look for The Bartered Bride by Erica Vetsch to release in the Heartsong Presents book club in November 2009.
Congrats again, Erica, and more congrats for winning two awards in the Genesis contest. I’ll take that as a sign that I chose well!