050 Between Contract and Launch – What it is like to have a book under contract

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This is episode 50 of the Christian Publishing Show! And we have a special treat for you today. We’ve talked with a lot of bestselling authors on this show, but we’ve never talked much about what their first year is like. It is easy to get so focused on getting a book contract that you don’t realize what comes next. So that is what we are going to talk about today. 

Our guest today lives in Tennessee and is a writer of romantic comedy for HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Melissa Ferguson, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show!

Let’s start a little before the story. How did you get your first contract?

What were some of the surprises?

What tips do you have for authors doing their first. 

How did it feel going through all this?

If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what could you do differently?

Where can people find out more about you?



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5 Responses to 050 Between Contract and Launch – What it is like to have a book under contract

  1. Maco Stewart November 12, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    Thomas, thanks to you and Melissa for lifting the curtain on this fascinating period that will be common to all traditionally published authors. My main takeaway is that this period presents an extraordinary opportunity for us to improve as writers and to lift our writing from gifted amateur status to professional. I’m recommending this video to my writing group.

    • Melissa Ferguson November 12, 2019 at 11:48 am #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed and found it valuable :).

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 12, 2019 at 9:10 am #

    It is always in the waiting
    that the busy times approach,
    demanding we be integrating
    before in busy seas we broach.
    Be ready, then for what may come
    and hold out kindness to yourself,
    and keep a set of plans among
    contingencies upon your shelf.
    They say success may be attracted
    to he or she who worked and planned
    a life ahead that truly factored
    a journey to an unknown land.
    It can be much with which to cope,
    but preparing is an act of hope.

    • Melissa Ferguson November 12, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      Wow, Andrew. Nicely stated.

  3. Janet W. Ferguson November 12, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

    Great info, Melissa! Wishing you the best on your release! It was great seeing you at the Christy Awards! Just not enough time to visit with everyone! Thanks for the great podcasts, Thomas. I often lurk and listen. 🙂

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