Ane Mulligan: the “long way around” to first publishing contract

Ane Mulligan, author of Southern fried Christian fiction
Ane Mulligan

I am absolutely thrilled to have Ane Mulligan telling the story of her first publishing contract on “How I First Published,” for several reasons. First, she was gracious enough to be on my blog the day before the release of her first novel, Chapel Springs Revival. Second, Ane is special to me because she’s the one who suggested the title of my first novel, Summer’s Winter–a title I still love–and because she forgave me with good humor when I forgot to put her in the  Acknowledgements. I’m also so glad to have Ane tell her story because I so identify with it–the long wait, wondering if you’re on the right road, learning to trust God. It’s a very encouraging story. So enjoy, and congratulations, Ane! I’m going to pre-order your book as soon as I get  this post done! 

Chapel Springs Revival by Anne Mulligan

What was your first published novel?

Chapel Springs Revival releases tomorrow (September 8).

Tomorrow!! Fantastic! Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go indie?

I started long before Indie lost the “vanity” aspect. I had a dream of publishing traditionally and so I waited until that happened.

 How did that come about?

The long way around. In 2003, I started my first novel and found some crit partners, ones who told me plainly I had a lot to learn. I bought all the books on the craft of fiction writing they recommended. I read them and absorbed more.

In 2006, an editor took my manuscript to committee. While I waited for the result, expecting a contract of course, I got an agent. However…sigh…the editorial committee said no. I was discouraged. I asked God…okay, I whined…why wasn’t I getting anywhere? I needed a sign. And God gave me the one in the form of an editor affirming my writing. That carried me for months.

I kept writing and going to conferences and learning more. In 2010, my agent called to say my manuscript had passed editorial committee and was going to pub board. Pub board loved it, but their slate was filled, so the editor would hold it for their next quarter. Only she retired and her computer hard drive was wiped clean. I was lost in cyber oblivion. Then my agent retired.

Do you see a pattern here? I did and it looked like a maze.

Once again, I whined, “Lord, what’s going on?”

And He said, “Wait. Trust me.” He didn’t offer me another choice, so I chose to trust.

It wasn’t too long before my agent received an offer for a 2-book contract. But once again, God said no, we both felt it, and we turned it down. By this time, I began to wonder if I’d ever publish. Yes, that was my goal, but if God had something different for me, I was fine with it. I just felt bad for my agent, who worked so hard for me.

Then, in August of 2013, nearly eleven years after I began this journey, my agent called with an offer from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. And my heart quickened. All right, God! This was it. This time, He said, “Yes.”

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected, or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

It’s been wonderful. I’ve got an author rep, who has guided me through the process, and a wonderful editor, one whose writing I’ve loved for years! I also was blessed with a fairly easy edit, due in large part to my wonderful crit partners!

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

Office of Southern Christian author Ane Mulligan

I took a short break and Hubs and I did the Great Office Switch. I’d been writing for years from a corner of the master bedroom. It was time for a real office. I’m delighted to say, it’s complete and I’m working on the third book in the series.

 About Ane:

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. You can find Ane on her Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

About Chapel Springs Revival

With a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.

With their marriages in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

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Summer’s Winter is a love story wrapped in a mystery, about a preacher's daughter named Jeanine and her obsession with movie star Jamie. At the age of ten, Jeanine believed that God Himself whispered to her in a dark movie theater and promised that the young star would someday be a part of her life. So began an eleven-year test of faith as Jeanine waited for her knight to arrive and rescue her from boring middle Georgia. And then, just as she’s graduating college and about to settle into the dreary nine-to-five life that stretches ahead of her, Jamie bursts into her life in an amazing way. He even seems to be falling for her, just as she’d dreamed. Trouble is, loving Jamie is nothing like she expected. Instead of carrying her away on a white charger, he’s hiding out in Georgia following the suspicious death of his former girlfriend. Jeanine longs to prove his innocence and get at the truth. Unless she can, Jamie’s dark secrets may shatter her faith—and her life.

Summer’s Winter is a love story wrapped in a mystery, about a preacher’s daughter named Jeanine and her obsession with movie star Jamie. At the age of ten, Jeanine believed that God Himself whispered to her in a dark movie theater and promised that the young star would someday be a part of her life. So began an eleven-year test of faith as Jeanine waited for her knight to arrive and rescue her from boring middle Georgia. And then, just as she’s graduating college and about to settle into the dreary nine-to-five life that stretches ahead of her, Jamie bursts into her life in an amazing way. He even seems to be falling for her, just as she’d dreamed. Trouble is, loving Jamie is nothing like she expected. Instead of carrying her away on a white charger, he’s hiding out in Georgia following the suspicious death of his former girlfriend. Jeanine longs to prove his innocence and get at the truth. Unless she can, Jamie’s dark secrets may shatter her faith—and her life.

 

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