Ten years ago this coming August, I sold my first book to a New York publisher. It was also just a few days after my 40th birthday. Which means - you guessed it - I'm about to turn 50.
I'd met my future editor for Dorchester Publishing, just one month before at the Romance Writers of America conference. I was sitting in their publisher spotlight, and the friend next to me knew what I was writing, so she dragged me up afterwards to pitch my book. Apparently, I'd made the editor laugh and she requested a partial (which is the first 3 chapters).
The minute I got home, I sent the chapters and 2 days later, she called - asking for the whole thing. This was great news except for the fact that I hadn't exactly finished the book. Oh, I was close. But not done - a fact I miiiiiiight have mislead the editor about.
So, I locked myself in my room with my laptop, writing furiously, as my husband chased our little kids around and tossed the occaisional dinner in with me. Somehow, I finished the book and sent it off. Then, we left for a week long trip to L.A.
The day after we got back, I was taking a nap. The phone rang just as I was about to drift off. It was the editor. She wanted to buy the book. My husband walked by and saw me silently hopping around the room in celebration as I finished the phone call.
We took a bottle of champagne out to the back yard (the kids had juice - I'm not a total waste case) and I proceeded to call EVERYONE I knew - starting with my mother...of course.
Since then, after 4 books for that publisher, I moved on and tried my hand at indie pubbing. I didn't really like it though. When my friend Gemma started her own publishing company - I begged to be her first author (because she's BRILLIANT). It was the best decision I've ever made.
The book looks a little different now, but I'd like to think on the whole it's evergreen.
Ten years later - it's still my favorite book. I can't believe it's been 10 years. The book came out in 2007, so next year I'll celebrate (and hopefully get jewelry). The series kind of ended when I left Dorchester - although I have added a novella and 2 holiday short stories.
Maybe by next year I'll bring the series back. That seems like it would be a great way to celebrate.