Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sharing My Exciting Publishing News!


For all of you who have encouraged and prayed for me over my years of writing, I'm here to tell you, thank you, I love you--and we have some celebrating to do! Because...


*squeal, happy dance, wiping tears, praising*

It's been my long-standing wish to become published with a traditional publisher. I can't wait to share more about the project and will do so very soon! This story, the third writing project I plotted is going to become the first story I publish. The tentative scheduled release date is sometime next summer. My story will be a novella in one of Barbour's romance collections. You've probably seen similar titles like this:

I'll be publishing in a collection alongside eight other fabulous ladies with whom I am elated to be collaborating! God is sooo good! He "just so happened" to let me debut in a collection with several of my writer-hero-ladies and the very writer whose work I was reading when I decided to try writing my own novel at the age of twelve. I call that a God-wink moment. So many feels!

The collection is titled, Of Rags and Riches: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age. If you'd like to know more about my plot and the other eight stories--there are some fabulous authors in this collection, y'all--then here's a link to an article about the whole collection!

Since this all still seems surreal to me, here are a few photos of the contract signing for proof so I can stop pinching myself.

I was working in a kitchen at a camp meeting when I got "The Call" from my agent telling me about the contract and I actually missed it! But I got the email before that and have been in a state of "Is this real?" for a while now. I guess it will seem more real when I hold the book in my hands. :)

Oh! And I forgot to announce--I'm giving away one e-copy of a Barbour novella collection book of your choice! Comment with your email to enter. If you need a list of all the collections so you can decide which you want, here is a list! :) Winner will be announced September 1st, 2016.

For an extra entry, sign up for my e-newsletter by clicking the button on the right sidebar that says, "Get My Book News." Let me know in the comments that you signed up. If you already get my newsletter, let me know, and you get an extra entry, too! :) 

Comment Fodder:

--Do you have any burning questions about the publishing process? 

--Have you ever read a novella before or do you normally stick to full-length novels? 

--Are you an avid novella-reader? If so, name one you really enjoyed recently.

--What are some important things you look for in a novel?


  1. Congratulations! I love reading the compilation books.

  2. Yay!!!! Congratulations, Natalie. This is so exciting!! Can't wait to hear more about the book and read it too. :)

  3. Eeek!!! I'm so excited about this!!! Yay, yay, yay! I wish I was coming to the ACFW conference so I could celebrate with you in person!

  4. How exciting! So happy for you, Natalie! Congrats! :)

  5. Natalie!! Oh, my goodness. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations, sweet girl. xoxo

  6. I'm so beyond thrilled to experience this debut along with you!! Have fun, great joy, sharing your news!!!!!

  7. Yay!!! So happy for you, Natalie. 😊

  8. Yay, Natalie!! We love you girlie! I had no doubts that this would happen for you.

  9. I'm so excited for you girl!! This is awesome news!! :) I can't wait to go to Barnes and Noble to purchase your book. :)

  10. I'm thrilled for you, Natalie - congrats, I'm looking forward to becoming acquainted with your writing!! I love the Barbour novella collections - I have several and would love to add another, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

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  11. I'm so happy for you, Natalie! Congratulations, girl!

  12. I'm so happy for you, Natalie! Congratulations, girl!

  13. Awesome news Natalie!!! Congratulations!!!! 🎉🎉🎉

  14. Mallory Reynolds9:39 PM, August 17, 2016

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading your novella. I like reading compilations because it's a good way to try new authors. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Congratulations Natalie!!!! SOOOO proud of you, cuz!

  16. I am so proud of you! Happy dancing, my sweet friend! I loved being in Homestead Brides... it was so much fun.

    Congratulations! I brought cookies for EVERYONE!!!!

  17. I'm squealing happy for you, Natalie!!!! Congratulations!! Yes, it'll be such a joy when you finally hold that book in your hands. :) I actually plopped down on my kitchen floor and cried when I finally held mine. :)

  18. So proud of you, Natalie. Another published author in the family!


    Aunt Linda

  19. Natalie, you and I met briefly at last years ACFW conference and I had to jump in and tell you "Congratulations!" It couldn't have happened to a nicer author.

  20. Congrats Natalie. I hope to make it to the ACFW conference next year.
    CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

  21. Congratulations, Natalie!! So thrilled for you!

  22. Congratulations! I like novellas now and then because sometimes it's nice to just read one book in an evening...since that's when i get my reading done mainly. Wishing you all the best! I'm signed up for your newsletter :)

  23. Oh congrats Natalie! How exciting it is!

  24. Great news Natalie. I shared the post about your upcoming novel on twitter.

    I've read less than a handful of novellas, but I think they are a great way to introduce you to new authors. The last one I read was a suspense fiction novella - Sins of the Past.
    There are a lot of interesting titles, so it's hard to narrow the field...
    1st choice ~ The California Gold Rush Romance Collection which I voted on to your goodreads list. This is a time period and topic that I would love to discover through historical fiction.
    2nd ~ The Alaska Brides Collection catches my eye because I lived in Alaska for 6 years.
    3rd ~ One of the Christmas titles. Probable The Westward Christmas Brides Collection.

    Which is your favorite or which period appeals to you the most?


  25. Yay!!!! So, so super excited for you, Natalie!!!! :) I know this is something you've been praying and working hard towards!!! <3 Sounds like a very exciting plot-line! :)

    Oh, and yeah you may enter me in the giveaway while you're at it. ;) amandatero (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Congratulations!!!! So exciting!!!

  27. Congratulations!! I am very interested in how you found an editor and publisher. I have just started writing Christian fiction. I have written children's stories, but, never pursued publishing. Yes, I signed up for your newsletter.

  28. YAY!!! I LOVE these Barbour Novella Collections! I own ten of these books and currently have one checked out from the library too! I'm super excited!
    Oh yeah! And I've signed up for your newsletter too!
    J.C. -Indiana-

  29. Congratulations! What an exciting time for you! I'm a total novella junkie. They are perfect for winding down at the end of a long day. I enjoy the Barbour line and also the Timeless Romance Anthology collections. They aren't Christian fiction but sweet and clean romance. I've been "introduced" to several authors through novella collections!

    Please include me in the giveaway! I'm subscribed to your newsletter :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

  30. So exciting!😃 You ate New To Me but looking forward to getting to know you. Be Blessed! 😊

  31. Wowza at all the friends and new faces!!! Thank you all SO MUCH for your comments and shares!!! *my heart smiles* I'm coming back to answer all the questions and chat, I promise! I had a bereavement in the family, so it may be a few days. Thanks so much for your patience!!!

  32. Congratulations!!! Looking forward to reading it!!
    I am already signed up for your newsletter.


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