My story about getting optioned

by singlemomseeking on January 3, 2012

It was last summer — before I got pregnant — when I opened this email from a guy in “TV comedy development” at 20th Century Fox. I read it quickly:

“I came upon your book Single Mom Seeking and we’re interested in optioning your title for possible development… Please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

My eyes went to the word “possible.” Yes, he’d said possible. The skeptic in me translated this to mean “illusive.”

So, I’d skimmed his email again and thought, “This can’t be for real.”

That’s when I’d waved it off and got back to my life. A couple of weeks later, however, my publisher, Seal Press, forwarded an email from this same guy to me: he kindly told Seal Press that he’d reached out to me, but hadn’t heard back. (I’m sorry…) He asked me to please contact him.

I wanted to believe that something might be going on; that this wasn’t just a prank. (And that’s why I’ve kept this all so hush-hush for so long.) After calling back “Mr. Fox” and asking a bunch of questions, indeed, he sounded very professional — and serious.

It all seemed ironic in the best way possible. After all, I was not exactly a “single mom seeking” anymore… Maybe something fertile was in my water.

After many phone conversations with my amazing agents, as well as an in-person meeting in L.A., this is all still unfolding. But after six months of negotiating, a deal was made just before the New Year: Single Mom Seeking has been optioned for a TV comedy show.

Stay tuned. And thank you to everyone who has stuck with my blog — and with me — for so long.


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Kristin_OPC January 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

RACHEL!!!! I am so excited for you!!! This is so incredibly awesome! I can’t wait to hear how this unfolds!

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Canadian Bald Guy January 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Holy crap, Rachel…this is amazing news!

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T January 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Well look at you!!!!! How freakin’ awesome is that?!? You’d better call me, little momma, and fill me in on the details!

Love yoooouuuu! And how deserving are you?!?

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Steve January 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Wow! Congrats. We will definitely have a viewing party when that shows up on TV. I hope they come up with a great cast. It’s amazing what can happen in just a few short years. You are so inspiring to so many people.

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Renee January 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Go you! Congratulations!

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Nancy January 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

2012 is going to be your year! Enjoy all the new blessings that have been sent your way :)

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Hanna January 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Wow! So amazing and I am so jealous! lol. Good job and much deserved

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swati January 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

RACHEL!!!!THAT IS WONDERFULNEWS!Congrats!
Swati

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Janet January 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Congrats Rachel!!!! Your book came out right after I was in the process of getting my divorced!!!! I love it and it has helped me tremendously in my post divorce dating life. Now I am in this wonderful relationship for these past 2 years… thank you thank you…
I can’t wait for more updates!

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singlemomseeking January 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Janet: Thanks for telling me your news, and how you’ve moved on. I love hearing this!

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Mindy January 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

OMG, Rachel! How AWESOME! You have so much to celebrate these days. So happy for you. :)

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Nicki January 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

So excited for you! Can’t wait to see it. You always give me hope. Mwah!

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Desiree January 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Who will play you? It better be someone AWESOME! :) Can’t wait to see you soon… xoxo

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kim/reluctant renovator January 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I haven’t exactly stuck by you (pregnant?! congrats!), but we go back a ways. Great news all-around. Can’t wait to hear more.

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Legal Editor Mom January 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

Wow! I always imagined your story as a movie, perhaps made for tv if not the big screen, but this is awesome news! I’m so happy for you and you deserve it!! Congrats…I can’t wait.

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Raymond January 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

It’s amazing news Rachael.
I do think Single Mom Seeking is a great name for a Sitcom.
Best wishes to you!

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princess flibbertigibbet January 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

WOHOO!!! So Wonderful!!!

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Susan January 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Wowwee wow wow! Rachel, that is just AWESOME news. Keep us posted as you can share more details. Wow!

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Anne-Marie January 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

WOW!! I’m so glad that it’s you and your quality, heartfelt project!

Anne-Marie

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j January 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’m pretty sure I heard a radio advertisement for the show. Is that possible already?

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Momma Sunshine January 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Wow! That’s so awesome! Can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon!!

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Glenda January 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

Wow! Awesome news! Congrats!!!!

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Amanda Armstrong January 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Congratulations! That is very exciting news!

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Martini Mom January 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

WHAT?! That is so awesome. Congratulations!

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Ria March 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

OMG, Rachel! Fantastic news!!!!! What a year 2012 is turning out to be, huh?

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Natalie July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I know it’s late to post on this…but that is fantastic news! Congrats! I loved the book and a comedy sit-com based on it would be fab!! How cool is that???

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