I ran a licensed daycare at the time of my first sale. It was a way for me to earn income and stay home with my two little boys, both under the age of three. I had a total of six children under the roof of my house from 7 AM to 7 PM. I highly don’t recommend that career path. If one kid gets a runny nose, they all get runny noses. Same with diarrhea.
I’d simultaneously submitted a manuscript to several agents, but weeks had passed and I hadn’t had time to worry about it because, well, there were SIX CHILDREN in my house! And one of them had a habit of biting people.
It was lunch time, and I busier than a one-armed paper hanger, trying to get food on the table and keep an eye on The Biter. The noise level in my kitchen was multiple decibels higher than what somebody from OSHA would have deemed safe, so when I answered the phone I could barely hear the person on the other end. Somebody from such-and-such was interested in representing my book.
I figured I hadn’t heard right. I was mistaken. Or maybe it was a scam. Only a week before, some publishing company had called to sell magazines. My husband answered the phone and all he heard were the words “publishing” and thought I’d just made my first sale. He yelled out to me, “Hey, there’s a publishing company on the telephone. I think they want to buy your book.” I broke three fingernails and stubbed my big toe trying to get to the phone. In the end, I order four magazines from them.
But the nice lady on the other end of the line was from a literary agency…
To read the entire interview see the site where she is guest blogging in support of NUTCASE on the VIRTUALLY NUTS online book tour: Go to Dear Author