Thursday, July 7, 2011

Guest Pam Hillman, debut author of Stealing Jake from Tyndale

Missy, here. I'm so excited to welcome our guest, Pam Hillman! Pam is a good friend from the Seekerville blog. We started as a group of 15 unpublished writers, and now Pam has just been the 15th to make her first sale!! And since her book, Stealing Jake, is in an e-book-first format from Tyndale House Publishers, it has released very quickly. It's available now! Also, Pam is sponsoring a Kindle giveaway. (More info at the end of the post.)

Pam, tell us a little about your writing journey.
I’ve been writing most of my life, but seriously started pursuing publication a little over 15 years ago. Over the years I’ve developed relationships with industry professionals and other writers, learning and improving my craft a bit at a time.

And now this exciting first sale to Tyndale! What was it like? Did your agent call? Or did the editor call?
My agent submitted my proposal for the Digital First Initiative. My manuscript was ready to go, and Jan Stob requested the complete about 3 weeks after we submitted it. Then they offered a contract about 3 weeks after that. It was all done via email. Jan Stob, senior acquisitions editor at Tyndale emailed Steve Laube, my agent, and he emailed me. Isn’t technology amazing?

I shared in the opening about the fast turn-around for the Digital First books. How quickly did your book go from contract to publication?
In about six weeks. That’s why contracted manuscripts had to be complete and as clean as possible. Revisions were very minimal, and the editors at Tyndale were awesome to work with.

Wow. A dream come true. How long have you been writing?
I starting pursuing publication in 1994, but I’ve wanted to be a published author ever since I can remember. As a child, I was fascinated by how authors put all those stories on paper. Somehow, my brain just naturally made up stories. But for years, I didn’t write them down. I tried to get started a few times, but didn’t know how to construct a compelling story with an interesting beginning, firm middle, and satisfying ending. So out of lack of knowledge and fear of failure, I just kept dreaming. I think I had the idea that as long as I didn’t attempt to write, I couldn’t fail at writing. In 1994, I decided that if I was ever going to write, I had to stop kidding myself and get to work.

How did you come up with the idea for Stealing Jake?
Tyndale House Publishers used to publish 2 anthologies a year. Tyndale has been my dream publisher from the beginning, and I submitted novella proposals several times. Stealing Jake (then Stealing Jake’s Heart) was one of those submissions. It didn’t make the cut, but I loved the idea so much that I went back to it later and turned it into a full-length novel. It just happened to be the novel my agent and I were shopping when word went out that Tyndale was launching the Digital First Initiative.

Is Stealing Jake a part of a series? There is a series planned around this book, but it’s not contracted yet. We’ll see. Titles are Trusting Trey and Giving Chase. As your readers can probably guess, Trey and Chase are the heroes in the 2nd and 3rd books.

We hope to be able to read them as well! Where can our readers find you on the web?
My website is

I hang out with the Seekers and Friends of Seekerville at There’s always lots of food, fun and fellowship and there’s usually someone commenting 24/7. Everyone’s welcome in Seekerville!

And I can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Stealing Jake Blurb:
When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of ChestnutIllinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

Available NOW!
 on Amazon.
 on Christian Book
 on Barnes and Noble

Pam's Kindle Giveaway!
To celebrate the release of Stealing Jake, Pam’s giving away a Kindle on October 8th. To be eligible, go here to sign up. And keep your eyes and ears peeled, because I’ve heard that there might be some perks to sweeten this deal as this blog tour starts rolling.

Stealing Jake Prologue and 1st Chapter:

Pam Hillman Bio:

Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.


  1. Good morning, Pam! Thanks for being our guest today. I still remember meeting you at the RWA in New Orleans when you were a GH finalist. I was thrilled when I heard you sold.
    Your book sounds fabulous! And I registered to win the Kindle. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Thanks Lindi! Wow, New Orleans. That was a while back, wasn't it? Ten years, to be exact! lol

    What fun we had! And each year just keeps getting better and better as our network of friends grows. I love meeting new and old author friends and readers.




  4. I downloaded Stealing Jake the day it was available. I've started it and just LOVE it!! I've been reading it on my computer but plan to send it to my son's Kindle. Of course, I'll have to steal it while he's working. :)

    Pam, thanks for visiting with us today!!

  5. JULIE, my favorite ALL CAPS girl!

    Missy, "stealing Jake" from your son sounds like a plan! lol My son steals books from me ALL the time.

  6. I'm so excited you're here with us today, Pam. Thrilled for your new release and to see your dreams coming true. Yay, Pam! Your book sounds wonderfully fun and entertaining. I'm also looking forward to our new sisterhood in the Steve Laube Agency since my agent, Tamela, is now with him :-)

  7. Pam, he's at work now. I'm staring at his Kindle. But alas, MY work calls. Maybe one night while he's playing video games...




    So thrilled for you, Pamster, there are not enough CAPS in the world to tell you how much.

    And I love, love, love this story. Oh my stars... TOTALLY!!!! Of course I'm a total sucker for cute kids down on their luck and great romance!!! All of which are in Stealing Jake!

    And does anyone care that there is a dead mouse in the wall to my right??? Why do mice come inside in the summer?

    'Sup wi dat?

  9. All the little varmints just love you, Ruthy. :)

    And yes, Mary Connealy would care. She'd freak out! LOL

  10. Angie, isn't that SO much fun? I looked at the list of clients on The Laube Agency and it's such an awesome group of talented authors.

    Robin & I are "Laube-ing" for Steve to take us all out for dinner at ACFW! lol

  11. Ruthy, you can get more mileage out of a dead mouse story than anybody I know....

    Other than Mary Connealy of course!

  12. Pam I am still amazed how fast you went from submission to published! Hope your blog tour goes well! I have heard only great things about your book and look forward to reading it :)

  13. Congrats, Pam! Read about it on Seekerville. I entered for the Kindle!

  14. Hi Pam:

    I’ve read “Stealing Jake”. It’s a real page-turner and I enjoyed reading it. In fact, I put down two other books (not Seekers) that I was in the middle of reading so I could read “Stealing Jake” straight through.

    I do have a question: what happened to the guy who tried to murder Jake at the card game in the beginning of the book? I kept wondering what was going to happen to him and where he went.

    Oh, in the next book, please increase the size of the police force. I’ve worked 12 on and 12 off for several weeks in a row, with no days off, when I was in the Air Police. It gets old, quick. Please go a little easier on your heroes. I was vicariously more beat up than Jake was when the story ended! : )


  15. Eva, I'm amazed myself. But that's ebooks for you. Wonderful invention along with the print books I love so much!

  16. Vince, so glad you enjoyed it. brain's whirring here. That guy will make a great villian or a red herring.... be right back....gott write this down...

    Duly noted, Vince. I guess I remember Matt Dillon and Festus. I don't remember them having another sidekick, but you SEE what that kind of schedule did to Festus! lol

  17. Six weeks? Wow! I'm still working on a good query letter.
    congrats! I can't wait to read Stealing Jake.

  18. Pam, I love the cover! so excited for the new release! The book sounds great!

  19. Jackie, speaking of six weeks, I've spent six weeks preparing a good query letter. And that is not a joke. The Seekers have to constantly nag me to just get on with it, and quit tweaking stuff to death! lol

    Christy, thank you. So glad you stopped by!

  20. Thanks, everyone, for dropping by today to read about Pam's book!

  21. Pam, I love how quickly Stealing Jake went from contract to ebook! Oh that the rest of the publishing industry would move that fast.

    So proud of you AND loved how I could download the book from the comfort of my own rocking chair the morning of the first day it was available!!


  22. Again, Congrats, Pam ~ what an exciting time for you! I love meeting new authors (to me) and I honestly feel there just aren't enough Christian books out there. Just signed up for your email newsletter, and I look forward to reading what you have to say.


  23. Audra and Amanda, thanks for dropping by!

  24. Audra! Hugs girl!

    Amanda, thanks for signing up. Your name's also in the hat for the Kindle! Isn't that cool?