Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Oh Oh Oh Oh What a Feeling!

Published authors love to tell their story about "The Call" and then the excitement of seeing their first book on the shelf.

I've been able to experience my own version of this.

I learned on March 3 of this year that a story I'd written called "Death and Taxes" had been bought by True Confessions magazine. I got to yell and scream when the letter came in the mail (okay, so it wasn't really a call, but a postal notification), email my husband, family and friends, read the fine print on the contract, make a copy for my files, yell and scream some more and mail back the signed contract to my editor.

Does't that sound sweet? My editor.

Then I got to wait.

And wait.

And wait.

Even though the story was tentatively scheduled for the May issue, it's a loooooooooooong time from March 3rd to whenever the May issue is released.

Cue the drumroll cause the wait is over.

"But I don't see "Death and Taxes" anywhere," you say. That's because they gave it a new name. Look up there in the upper right corner just under the title. Yep, "My Personal Horror" is my first paid publishing gig for a major market.

Here's the inside copy. And no... the fellow in the bed isn't the tax man. ;-) My husband wanted to know if he was.

It feels good to finally see it on a store shelf and hold a copy in my hands. Actually, I bought three copies though I'm not sure why. That's two less on the shelf for a reader to buy.

My husband sat on the sofa last night and read every word. He told me if my name was on the story (TC doesn't give you a by-line on fiction) I'd probably get sympathy cards from readers (unlike romance, this story doesn't have a happy ending). I took that as a compliment.

My mom told me she read TC when she was younger and was going to search for a copy to show her friends. "My daughter, the published author," she wrote. And a published friend in California added it to her grocery list so she would remember to look for a copy. I'm truly touched.

In the meantime, I keep writing and submitting. The process gets a little easier and the words flow better but the waiting is still there. As long as they don't send it back in that SASE, it's still in the running. Right?

This definitely qualifies as my most exciting moment of 2006 (just nudging out turning 55 years old by a nose *g*).

What's YOUR most exciting moment for this year?


Carol B. said...

Congratulations - and you made the cover, too!


Can't wait to see one of mine in there.

raine said...

Congratulations, you!! ;-D

Anonymous said...

Marilyn! Yay! I'm so excited for you! You're on your way, baby!
Great big CONGRATS on your first major sale! You're in print! Way to Go!!!



Bronwyn Jameson said...

What a special day, Marilyn, and one you will treasure and cosset forever. I know you will sell many more stories -- you are too good a writer not to!--but there is nothing beats the first time. Hope you're celebrating tonight.


Nalini Singh said...

Yay Marilyn! And on the cover, too!! :)

Rhonda said...

Congratulations, PM!!! There's nothing quite like holding your ink and paper baby for the first time, is there?

I'm thrilled for you!

Anonymous said...

How exciting to be able to hold it in your hands! I know this will be the first of many. (And I've added it to my shopping list too!)

Anonymous said...

Woohooo! Congratulations, Marilyn!!

I'm so happy for you! It's about time some 'big' pubs recognize the talent we know you have.


blueberri said...

Marilyn, Marilyn! I knew you'd make a big splash! The cover is awesome!

It's a gripping story! Champagne!

Congrats to a talented writer who is destined to go far!!!!!!!!!!

Problem Child said...


The angel choirs are still around from yesterday, so cue them as well.

We're all really proud of you.


Instigator said...

Congratulations PM! I'm so excited for you. And TC's on my shopping list too!


Smarty Pants said...

That's awesome PM. In print! How exciting. :)


Linda Winstead Jones said...

Way to go, PM! :-)


Angel said...


Awesome, Marilyn. We're all so proud of you! That validation feels so good, no matter whether your name is on it or not!

Great photo, too. I don't know how much sympathy I'd have for someone who has that man in her bed. :)


Kathy said...

Congratu-(SQUEE)-lations, PM! I'm so excited for you. I'll have to go pick one up.

Break out the bubbly!

Problem Child said...

The article must be good...I went to get a copy of the magazine today and they were sold out...


Sabrah said...

Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine.

You go, Girl!


Carla Swafford said...

Yeah! Marilyn! I use to read all my grandmother's copies and loved everyone of them. One of my favorite memories of my grandmother.

Congratulations! That's so exciting and I'm sure well deserved. A mag today, a book tomorrow.

Jill Monroe said...

This is awesome!!!


Heather said...

Congratulations, Marilyn - way to go! Will be sure to add it to my shopping list (and wouldn't you know I was JUST at the store yesterday!).