Hi Susana and welcome! You look and sound as though you are on top of the world. I can't wait to hear why...
Last August, after returning from a fabulous RWA conference in California where my friend Selene Grace Silver, who lives out there, took me to the ocean five different times! We had a wonderful time together, but the downside began when she dropped me off at the airport and I realized that it was over. Once home again, I would be alone once more and have to face the same struggles as before. Bummer!
I'd been working on a novel for several months, and it was beginning to feel like it would never be finished. I can't tell you how many times I rewrote the first several chapters, and I was never sure exactly where I was going. I kept telling myself to be patient, that Ernest Hemingway wrote 39 different endings to A Farewell to Arms, so why did I expect to get it right the first time? You haven't paid your dues yet, I told myself. Just keep plugging away at it and someday you may have something worth reading.
Selene told me it was ridiculous to expect to have to wait years and years to find success—an opinion echoed by my writer friends. She suggested that I write a short story and submit it and then when it was accepted I’d know she was right. So I did. I wrote a 12K story in five days, ran it past my critique partners, submitted it to three publishers, and then set about writing another one, expecting it would take months to hear back from them and that I should prepare myself for rejections.
Four days later, I had an offer from Ellora's Cave—my first choice of the three publishers—to publish Treasuring Theresa in their Blush Cotillion line. Two hours later I was still shaking when the second one asked to see the full manuscript, and I had to tell them it was already taken. Was this really happening?
Seven months later, I'm still a retired teacher, I still live in Toledo, Ohio in a dusty house, and I can never seem to keep up with yard work. I imagine those are among many things that will likely never change. In spite of all that, I have to admit that I'm truly living the life I dreamed about since I was a teenager.
How is it possible that one short story could change my life so definitively?
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