"Everything went better than expected."
Like any good drama, the submission process did not go as I thought it would. Everything I heard leading up to Submission Day was that I'd be in for a 4-to-6 month wait, filled with nail-baiting silence occasionally broken by terse rejection.
Instead, three weeks in, our first offer arrived.
Two weeks after that, another offer. And then a third.
Amazingly, they all had different sets of pro's and con's, and in the end I simply chose the one that I thought offered me the best catapult into a career as an author. Del Rey won out, and it helped that they showed a ton of enthusiasm for the book and its sequels.
I'll admit there were a few rejections mixed in there, too. But nothing disheartening. I think the 'worst' complaint we received was that the book was too fast paced. I can live with that!
Now comes the hard part: sequel deadlines. I'm on the hook for two, and both need to be delivered in less time than it took me to write the first book.