The eventual sale to my editor Ed Schlesinger at Pocket spanned about three weeks. First there was an email from my agent stating "interest". Very cool. But, at this point I didn't want to get my hopes up. Then, we were informed that another editor at Pocket was going to read the book, too. Ack! So again, we waited. The second editor liked the book, so then it was on to the editorial meeting where the project would be pitched. Two more editors wanted to read the book. So, at this point I'm thinking there's no way in hell I'm passing muster with four editors. More waiting and saying goodbye to all my fingernails. That was a long week. But it was followed by an offer! Yay! But then, you guessed it, more waiting as some details were worked out and everything was finalized.
This is just one way a sale can occur. I have friends who were bought with only one editor read. It depends on the house and the editor. I've also been through part of this process before, several years ago without making a sale (different book, editor, and agent), so this time, I was waiting for the "but". There's always a "but", right? I'm happy to say I wrong!
I believe the first book will be released sometime next summer. And here's an *edited* blurb (because I was in bed thinking. . . ) if anyone is interested: Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. They are our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens. Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It's her job to see that the continued integration of our new "friends" goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right.