Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Breaking news...

Yesterday I came back from a long weekend in Barcelona (more on that soon) but just wanted to share the news that...

...my novel has been sold to Germany! My German publisher has also published Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding and I am utterly, utterly delighted!

My agent rang me to tell me the news while I was on the train back from London last night and it was all I could do not to squeal (I always talk very, very quietly when talking on my mobile on the train but it's VERY hard to do that when you're very excited!). I nearly nearly shared my news with the guy sitting next to me but he seemed very engrossed in his novel and besides, I'm far too British to do something like that!

I still feel like I'm living in a dream.

There's a part of me that feels like, at any second, someone is going to shake me hard, pop a pill in my mouth and tell me that I'm actually sitting in a psychiatric hospital having delusions about becoming a published author!

"Now don't be so silly, Miss Calistro," they'd say. "None of it is real. It's all in your head."

But it's not.

In other news I finally got to speak to my UK editor! It was a really, really short phone call (under 2 minutes) as she was on her way to a meeting but she said lots of lovely things - like how she was very happy to be my editor and that she was very much looking to meeting me! A couple of hours later she sent me an email saying more lovely things and now it's official...later this month, we (my agent and I) are going to my publisher's offices to meeting the team, drink champagne (!!!), have a quick meeting and then we'll be taken out to lunch.

I'm scared and excited. I'm nervous and delighted. I'm definitely more than a bit wobbly. But the one thing that's playing on my mind more than anything else is...

...what the hell do I wear?!

15 comments:

ChrisH said...

Ooh, it's like writer's porn it's so gratifying! Many, many congratulations on your fantastic news - why didn't you squeal?? Or tell the guy next door? I think I would have stood on the seat and told the whole carriage! Can't help at all on what to wear but enjoy drinking the champagne. Thank you for sharing this it really cheers me up and gives me a reason to keep going.

KAREN said...

It just gets better and better! Very inspiring news - I'm absolutely DETERMINED to get there now :o)

As for what you should wear - you could go 'eccentric writer' in a silly hat and feathers, or settle for smart jeans, knee-length boots and a nice top. Smart casual. Does that make me sound absolutely ancient?

Fionnuala said...

I woulda squealed but then I'm Irish so its expected. Great news Cally. Karens advice on smart cas is good though I'm always a bit confused about what that actually means?! My dughter's a fashion stylist so if you need real help let me know and she can help! Fx

liz fenwick said...

This is just what I wanted to hear!!! So thrilled for you and thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Lane said...

Brilliant, brilliant news!
So pleased for you.
And whatever you wear - you'll look great:-)

Bernadette said...

Wow, Cally, that's fabulous! I would wear a great big smile if I were you (though you'll probably want some clothes as well...)

Captain Black said...

Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious...

You know the rest!

KayJay said...

Bloody hell woman, I'm so pleased for you!

(I have now got into the habit of visiting your blog for a hit of Happy when I'm feeling all twisted up about finishing my book! Keep it up! I need my vicarious highs!)

Pat Posner said...

Fantastic news, Cally. Congratulations!

I agree with Karen - wear smart casual; something you feel comfortable and relaxed in.

Gonna be a writer said...

Fantastic news. I had a smile on my face reading about it. Congrats.

Annie Wicking said...

How wonderful for you... Wear what you feel comfortable in and have a great time.

Best wishes,
Annie

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Yep, an outfit that makes you feel good. As good as getting a call saying your book will be published in German. That's what to aim for. Where will it come out next, I wonder? Your agent is doing a great job, I wouldn't be surprised to hear she'd got you a deal to have it translated into Martian! Ooh this is SO exciting, I can't wait to hear how the lunch goes. Don't be too nervous, I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Juliette M said...

Oooh I've only just seen this, how exciting!! Things are snowballing for you now Cal, it's really cool :)

*yay!*

womagwriter said...

More fabulous news! yee haa!!!

Maddie Moon said...

Just caught up with this, Cal!
Das is sehr gut! Very exciting, wear something glam and writerly. Start as you mean to go on!