"Dear Mr. Myers,
I've spent the last two days [finally!] giving your manuscript . . . the close reading that it deserved, and I like it. I'd like to publish it.
And I'm interested to hear more about your sequel. Readers love sequels. In fact, readers love series."
Now anything can happen, and I've had my hopes dashed before.
But rumor has it a contract is on its way, and I intend to return it immediately before they change their mind.
I'll proudly sign on with these folks. It is a small but well-respected niche press, who has garnered very positive reviews for the small number of books they have published.
And I'll be looking to some of my writer and editor friends to say nice things about it we can use for blurbs. Be ready! I promise to one day return the favor.
And as always, thanks for reading.