Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas, Wedding Anniversaries and The Call


Today is my wedding anniversary and also the 29th anniversary of the day I sold my first two books. Talk about a holiday season where I partied big time! My husband thought that meant he didn’t have to get me an anniversary gift, but I straightened him out on that real fast.

That day I had just been to lunch with a client, and ironically even discussing my writing and he’d wished me good luck and hoped the books would sell. I returned to my office where not long after my agent called to let me know that a new romance line, Silhouette Romance, wanted to buy my books. I think the whole building heard me.

I started writing full time the following February when my boss fired me for selling the books. But trust me, she received payback in a way I couldn’t have even conceived. So karma does work!

So much has happened over the years and I’ve always been thankful that I could write the stories that live in my head and bring the characters to life. Some readers have turned into very good friends, a couple have even adopted me as their aunt and other authors and editors have been added to the growing group I call friends and even family.

Writing is a solitary business. I didn’t even meet another writer for over a year when I attended a regional writer’s conference. All of a sudden I met people who did what I did, who understood me.

There have been many books and conferences since then. And I’ve learned a lot along the way and still learning. That’s the best part, still learning.

And every year I thank all my readers for picking up my books and letting me continue doing what I love most. And it never seems to fail that a day I feel down I hear from a reader that they enjoyed my book.

So have a wonderful holiday season, please buy a book (and no, it doesn’t have to be mine, but it would be nice :} for a friend or yourself, and remember, all those lovely treats out there have no calories or fat grams this time of year.

Linda

20 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary to you, the DH and your writing career! This is one CasaBabe who has gained a lot of "wisdom" since becoming Linda's friend!

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  2. Happy anniversaries, Linda!

    Fired for selling your books! That must have been hard and felt like the worst sort of injustice. Still, I expect she did you a favor. You found out where you really belonged.

    Lifting a glass of virtual champagne, here's to you.

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  3. Happy Anniversary, Linda!
    Keep the "wisdom" coming. We need all the help we can get!

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  4. Happy Anniversary, Linda!!! Super on the book sales. Awful on the firing! :( And buying books is a tradition for us. Everyone has books under the tree!

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  5. Happy Anniversaries, Linda! Make sure you celebrate :)

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  6. Congratulations Linda! 29+ years of wedded bliss is a major, fabulous accomplishment. I hope your celebration -and the gift - will be great ones!

    In light of recent conversations, it is inspiring and hopeful to hear of an author's successful path. It is sad that your old boss was so mean and short sighted, but it turns out to have been a gift in disguise! I pray I am never fired, but just seeing the phrase 'write full time' boosts my spirits! Thanks for that, and for a great post.

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  7. Happy anniversaries, Linda!

    Geez, being fired for selling really SUX! I had a similar thing happen. I was once fired when my boss found out I was looking for another job. But yep, KARMA WORKS! A couple of years later I started my very successful career with the State so PFFFT on those bosses!

    Have a wonderful celebration today,
    AC

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  8. LOL Marie! You really want that witchflame don't you?

    Linda

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  9. Thanks MM! She lost everything within a couple years, so that was perfect karma and about 8 years later my dh ran into her at a business function and told her what I'd prepped him on any time he attended in case he ran into her. He told her that I thanked her for firing me because I wouldn't be where I was if she hadn't. She turned purple

    Linda

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  10. Thanks Terry.

    Same here with buying books.

    Linda

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  11. Thanks Danielle!

    I found a fancy tin from Brighton Jewelry on my dresser since dh goes to work real early. And a very fitting present too!

    Linda

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  12. Sharon,

    After I was fired I figured I'd see if I could write full time and luckily it worked for me.

    Linda

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  13. Thanks AC!

    Yep, karma makes it all worthwhile.

    Linda

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  14. Happy anniversary, Linda! That must have been quite a day. Glad you got a sparkly goody from the DH, and that the miserable creature you once called a boss turned purple when confronted with reality:-)

    I believe I'll share some of that virtual champagne...enjoy your day!

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  15. Happy anniversary, Linda! Wow, being a full-time author for 29 years is incredible. I hope you have many more happy anniversaries!

    Robin :)

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  16. "...about 8 years later my dh ran into her at a business function and told her what I'd prepped him on any time he attended in case he ran into her. He told her that I thanked her for firing me because I wouldn't be where I was if she hadn't. She turned purple"

    Living well really is the best revenge. Letting THEM know you're living well, makes the revenge even sweeter. :-)

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  17. Happy anniversaries, Linda! Here's to many more joyful years of marriage and writing!

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  18. Thanks all and I'm sharing all the virtual champagne.

    Linda

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  19. Happy Wedding Anniversay and bookaversary. Sorry I missed the champagne, but I was out all day yesterday, but it sounds like you had a wonderful party.

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