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I can't believe that Musa Publishing is already a year old. :D I'm going to go ahead and tell you all the story of how I discovered this amazing company.

Last year I had written a book titled First Frost. I loved this book, but more than that I was proud that I had written it. I wrote it between driving my son to preschool and while pregnant with my second baby son, Peter. So imagine my heartache as I recieved rejection after rejection. Although every once in a while I would get a personalized letter from an editor saying how much they enjoyed the book but it wasn't exactly what they were looking for at that particular moment. At least letters like those let me know I was on the right track.

Enter Musa Publishing. I'm not even sure how I heard about them in the first place. It was as though someone handed the name to me on a silver platter and then poof! vanished. I did a bit of research and found Celina talking to a group of authors at Absolute Write . People were asking questions trying to learn more about the company and Celina Summers (One of the amazing women behind Musa) was patiently, politely AND professionally answering everyone's questions. It was her mannerism that drew me to Musa and made me check out their site. Safe to say that I liked what I saw. I was going to do everything I could to make sure First Frost got published with them.

I went to the site, read the guidelines and followed their instructions very carefully. I even wrote a synopsis, which is the one thing I loathe. Seriously, I'd rather write a brand new novel than write a synopsis but I did it.

Query letter? CHECK!
Synopsis? CHECK!
First 20 pages? CHECK!

I clicked send and waited. Waited....and waited.

I had my baby Peter (did I mention I was pregnant when I finished writing First Frost?) and still...nothing.

Until two weeks after I submitted my book I recieved a letter from the head editor asking if I had recieved her previous email.

I couldn't believe it! I hadn't recieved an email. I checked my inbox 3-4 times (sometimes more) a day. Where did this email go? Spam folder? Nothing. It was lost somewhere in cyberspace. Luckily for me, Musa Publishing wanted my book badly enough that they sent me a follow up email. :D And even though I was exhausted and sleep deprived (thanks to a colicky newborn baby boy) I'm very quick on my feet. I sent the rest of the manuscript and before the week was over I had an acceptance letter and a contract

First Frost had a home. A brand spankin' new home to boot. I'm so proud to be with Musa Publishing and how far they've come and how quickly they've grown. I've met so many talented authors, editors and other staff members that have helped make this company what it is today. Seriously, I wish some of you lived closer so we can hang out. Anyway Happy Anniversary Musa Publishing, here's to another amazing year and many more to come.

http://musapublishingbloghops.blogspot.com/2012/09/musa-turns-1-and-we-are-celebrating.html


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(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Margaret Lesh
Hey, Liz! I have newfound admiration for you knowing that you wrote while pregnant with a son in pre-school. Wow. Very cool reading your story. I also found Musa on Absolute Write. It's a great site. Best of luck with all of your writing endeavors!
liz_dejesus
Oct. 1st, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Margaret Lesh
:) Thanks! I'm amazed that I didn't suffer from mommy-brain while pregnant and was able to even type a sentence. I still don't know how I did it. I can promise you my children are alive and well and have not been neglected. LOL :) And good luck to you too! Your book is coming out on the 5th am I right? You must be so excited!! :D
edgyauthor
Oct. 1st, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
This is an amazing story! So glad to hear that First Frost finally found a good home after all those rejections. Thank goodness that lost email hadn't stopped Musa from contacting you again!

Also, I'm totally with you when it comes to writing a synopsis. Those and queries can be such a pain to write. Novels, as frustrating as they can be at times, are always so much easier!
liz_dejesus
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
I just reread my post and I still can't believe that all of those things happened to me. LOL. Craziness! I'm incredibly lucky in so many ways. :)
Jane Dougherty
Oct. 1st, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
That is very similar to my experience too. Leaving out the babies, mine were all ready out and kicking before I started. It's true that MUSA seems to be steaming ahead where other companies are plodding along. Must be something to do with the talent they've unearthed!
liz_dejesus
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
:) I think so too. :D
sepiastories.wordpress.com
Oct. 1st, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
It is a nice feeling getting that e-mail from them after so many disappointments, isn't it? No babies here (except my manuscript), but similar story. Glad we're both here!
liz_dejesus
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Hi Laini! Glad we're both here too.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Musa Publishing blog hop
What a great story! Think how boring it would have been if you had gotten that first email! LOL Congrats and I'm really glad you didn't give up because your book sounds great:)

Julie W, jwitt33 at live dot com
liz_dejesus
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: Musa Publishing blog hop
Hi Julie! Thank you for being a part of the blog hop. :D And thanks for stopping by and reading my blog post. Trust me there is never a dull moment in my house. :) Good luck! I'll also put your name in for a chance to win a copy of First Frost. (I'm giving three copies away at the end of the week).
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Musa story
Thanks for sharing your MUSA story. As a librarian, I'm interested in hearing about how writers connect with agents and publishers. It's a "behind the scenes" look at the business.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com
liz_dejesus
Oct. 2nd, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Musa story
Hey Catherine! Thanks for stopping by and being a part of the blog hop. Trust me, if you wanna hear about the ins and outs of the publishing industry everything you can imagine has probably happened to me (I even lost a book due to not reading a contract properly, which is why I always tell people to READ everything before they sign anything). So if you have any questions feel free to email me, I'm always happy to help and offer suggestions.

Anyway good luck with the contests! You've officially been entered to win a Kindle Fire and also a chance to win a copy of my novel First Frost at the end of the week.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Writing while pregnant!
How ever did you manage? My brain used to just flit all over the place when I was pregnant. (Mind you, that was hundreds of years ago).

So lucky that Musa persevered. I had a similar thing happen with my first book from another publisher. The email disappeared into cyberspace but fortunately the company owner followed up when I hadn't replied after two weeks. Turned out their system had taken a fit and they'd lost lots of stuff.

Yes, we're lucky to be with Musa. Here's hoping the next year is just as successful.
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: Writing while pregnant!
LOL. I honestly don't know how I do everything I do. I'm actually thinking about writing a blog post with my schedule to see where I find the time to get anything done. That should be interesting. :)
Hannah Olsen
Oct. 2nd, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
That was a great publishing story. I hope the baby is over being colicky. Thanks.
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
:) Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog post. :) The baby is doing a lot better, thanks. It took almost a year but he's finally sleeping through the night. :)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog Hop
Thanks for sharing your story and all the trials and tribulations. Glad it all worked out and wishing much success with all future stories.
JeanMP
skpetal at hotmail dot com
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog Hop
Thank you so much for stopping by. Good luck with the contest!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Musa's Birthday Hop
Congrats on getting your story published. It's always interesting to read about how authors got their stories published and how they found their publishers. I wish many more years for Musa and you.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Musa's Birthday Hop
Thank you so much! I hope Musa Publishing continues to grow and thrive. :)
Latisha Depoortere
Oct. 2nd, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing what a fun blog hop been following love to find new authors and new books to read!
Latisha D
tishajean@ charter.net
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks for following us in this blog hop. So exciting! Hope everyone gets to win awesome prizes. :)
annemariewrites.wordpress.com
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
I love reading stories about perseverance and happy endings. Congrats on your success with Musa. I can't wait to see what year two brings. :D
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Anniversary!
:) Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. Hopefully year two will be just as amazing as the first one. :)
Jan Silverthorne Urban
Oct. 3rd, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Musa Contest
Congratulations on your writing success and thank you for the opportunity to gain another entry in the Musa contest! Happy writing :D
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Musa Contest
Thank you for stopping by and good luck winning the grand prize. :) There's also a chance for you to win a copy of my novel First Frost. :)
Yvette Ganoe
Oct. 3rd, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
Looks like a winner and I can't wait to read it.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com
liz_dejesus
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you so much! There's also a chance to win a copy of First Frost. :)
Eleni Konstantine
Oct. 4th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Fantastic story, Liz. So glad you found your home at Musa. Happy anniversary from a fellow Musan! :)
liz_dejesus
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Eleni! Happy Anniversary to you too! Can't wait to see what the second year brings.
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