12 EDITORS LATER…WHEN IT ALL BEGAN
It was August 3rd, 1993, a very hot Florida day at 3:47 in the afternoon. I had just finished an in-depth cleaning of our condo and was taking a much needed break. Sweaty, tired, and a bit testy as I awaited word on my latest submission, I was enjoying a glass of ice tea and trying not to think that the promised one week reply had taken more than four.
The phone rang, and I answered with a very crisp, “Yes?”
My agent identified herself and went on to say “Would you be willing to accept a $$$$$ advance from Silhouette Intimate Moments for JENNY’S CASTLE?”
Would I? Was she crazy? As I recall (it gets a bit blurry at this point), I screamed “YES!” and began to cry. She asked why I was crying. (Duh!) Then she told me to call “my editor” (music to my ears-I had an editor!) to discuss details. I then abruptly hung up on her and started to cry harder. I’m not sure, but I don’t think I said goodbye.
When my husband found me, he thought someone in our family died. I finally managed to tell him what had happened, and he just hugged me, smiled, and said “You were so determined, I never wondered if it would happen. I always knew it would be when.” Then he called our children because I was still crying too hard to speak. Once he’d told them, he went outside and told anyone he could stop long enough to blurt it out. At that point, I was not sure who was happier, me or him.
I certainly don’t mean to make this seem simple or easy. It took 15 years and a lot of hard work, rejections, learning my craft, dedication, sacrifices, and determination to reach my goal . . . the dream at the end of my rainbow.
On November 21, 1994, I finally got to hold my first published novel. That was the beginning. Since then, I’m proud to say that my hard work haspaid off in many ways. My books have won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, a Maggie, the National Readers Choice Award, the Heart of Excellence Award, and a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Twenty years, twelve editors, six publishers, and twenty-three books later, I’m stillliving my dream with my recent release from Bell Bridge Books, THE LAST MOVE.
I am pleased to announce that I recently got the rights back to JENNY’S CASTLE, and it will be re-released by my backlist publisher, Salt Run Publishing, in a 20th year commemorative issue with a brand new cover and a bonus content chapter. I’ll be signing them at the debut of the commemorative issue at the Ancient City Romance Author’s Sept. 26 and 27, 2014 Fiction Writers Conference on the Beach.
Salt Run Publishing has brought back some of Elizabeth's reader favorites. (See covers at left) If you missed them the first time or would like to have the digital edition, you can find them here.