Deciding which call story to tell is hard for me. I feel like careers are often baby steps we take as authors. Each step encourages us to keep going. For me, that first moment that I said -- I have to keep going - I have to keep writing - came from a Romantic Times Contest. I was still in the corporate world, about to sell my business, and I dared to enter at RT aspiring writers contest. Then I registered for the convention and went alone. I was SCARED TO DEATH. The first night at the convention, I walked into an event and then walked out and went to my room. I was ready to go home. But I forced myself to a breakfast event and met wonderful people. Later, I found out that I had won first place in the contest. It was a moment I needed, that belief that maybe -- just maybe -- this world could be mine as the corporate world had been.
I was shaking when they handed me the award because that is what I do. I shake when I get excited. I hate that about me and I remember being embarrassed. But I was happy -- so very happy.
Next came the agent search and then a series of small stepping stone sales. There were many other moments that came along the way. My first e-book sale to a small press. My first novella to AVON books. Then I had a series of novellas that sold to Berkley, NAL, Kensington and another to AVON. I started thinking I was the Queen of novellas and that I would never ever have a book with JUST my name on it. It started to get discouraging -- this title of Queen OF NOVELLAS only.
Then came an RWA where a Blaze editor and a Nocturne editor had proposals from me. At RWA both hinted that good news might be coming. I was ELATED but afraid to count on it really happening. Three weeks later though -- both editors offered and I had the rare opportunity to be a HQ author with two editors. Both of those editors taught me so much and were great to work with.
I could go on and talk about my transition into single title but the reality is that each career is a path, and one sale does not make a career. There are steps, and wonderful people who support us while we take those steps. So to all of those who have supported mine -- thank you and I love you. To all those who didn't believe -- well, thank you once again to those who have and who continue to be my rocks.
And thank you to Sourcebooks for my Zodius series and my awesome Sterling cover!
And please forgive any typos! I'm at a gas station on the road between Wisconsin and Colorado today on an unexpected, not pleasure related, trip.