Woo-hoo!! I sold my book!

My new agent, Rita Rosenkranz, just closed a deal for me with Globe Pequot Press for the story of my great-great-grandmother, entitled Martha: A Pioneer Woman’s Journey to a Place of Her Own. It will be released around June 1, 2014.

This breakthrough has been a long time coming, as many of my friends know. Of the many books I’ve written, this will be my first published. I find it particularly satisfying that my grandmother led the way.

I started researching Martha’s story in 2009, shortly after moving to the farm she bought almost 150 years ago. When I took ownership of the place after my dad died I knew I wanted to write about her. What she acquired in 1868 had become the Martha A. Maupin Century Farm, one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. But I didn’t realize what a powerful story she had until I began the search.

In the summer of 2012 I went to the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference in Seattle to pitch the completed book to agents and editors. There I met Rita Rosenkranz, New York agent, who had an idea which publishing house might offer a good home for Martha. From that time on it happened fairly quickly, given Rita’s sharp focus, some clear editorial direction from editor Erin Turner at Globe Pequot, and a little midnight oil for me on revisions. After working our way through the intricacies of acceptance—from editor to publishing board, from negotiation to fine tuning of the contract—we have finally emerged with the fully executed agreement. A deal.

Globe Pequot Press is a mid-sized publishing house with an international reach, founded in 1947, and today providing a wide spectrum of imprints and categories. They offer many titles on the American West, including portrayals of pioneer women like my great-great-grandmother Martha.

My thanks to Rita Rosenkranz and Erin Turner, to my readers—Leslie Budewitz, Judy Emmett, and my daughter Carisa Cegavske—to those who helped dig out information, especially cousin Linda Noel, to everyone who kept the faith.

Cheers! 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!