First, a huge thanks to all the wenches for filling in for me last week, and posting about when I greeted my first grandchild: Susie and Ed’s amazingly gorgeous and totally wonderful HUGO NORBERT! Susie wanted to pass on how touched she was by your posts.
And thanks to all of you, for your patience with me. I promised to tell you about how I got published, didn’t I? But that puts me way behind all the sparkling new topics that have come up here. Ah, how easy to fall out of step in a mere week’s time on the internet!
So, here’s a brief precis: I started out writing for a local newspaper – gratis. Then I worked my way up to writing opinion pieces and features for local magazines. Then for NEWSDAY and THE NEW YORK TIMES. And then, I decided to write novels. When the children (all 3) were abed, I’d sit at the kitchen table and write.
Now, here’s a strange but true fact. I wrote three novels: a mystery, a science fiction, and a regency omance, and decided to go with whichever drew the most interest.
My first reader was my late husband, Norbert.
My critique group was an interested friend.
Neither were writers.
I sent out the three books. The one that showed the most promise was the Regency Romance. In fact, there were two offers to buy it – if I changed the ending. Seemed no one wanted a romance where the villian got the girl.
But I stuck by my guns, and didn’t sell it.
(Now, imagine calendar pages blowing in the wind…)
Finally, an editor said she’d be interested in buying it, if I just added a chapter more, showing why I thought the villain deserved the heroine.
I sent it to her.
She sent it back to me with a note saying it was perfect. But she’d run ove budget for the year, and couldn’t buy it.
I put the book in a drawer. And then, a year later, an old friend in the writing biz asked about my career. I told her the story. She asked if I had resubmitted the novel.
“Nah,” said I. “She was just being kind.”
“Edith,” said the old friend, “Editors are NEVER kind.”
I resubmitted it.
The question is, would I do that again? I mean stick to my opinions that firmly? I think so – for the really important plot points. Would you?
And now back to important stuff.