This was my view on January 10, 2014. I was on Pensacola Beach for an early Birthday celebration. It was a happy day because I received my first publishing contract from Soul Mate Publishing. I always believed when the day came, I’d dance. I did eventually, but the first thing I did was cry. It was overwhelming to know someone valued my work enough to offer to pay me for it.
I texted Hubba-luv at work and called my mom, who cried with me. I emailed my CP and texted my BFF plus an awesome group of supportive ladies from my former career. Everyone applauded. Even though it was via digital communication, I heard their cheers. It’s possible I’m still in shock.
I wanted to put announcements on social media and shout it from the rooftops, but something told me to wait. Later that night, when Hubba-luv was sawing logs, I was reminded to write my blog post for Romance Magicians. I can’t think of a better place to share my news than with the group who helped me get here.
Southern Magic is an amazing RWA chapter. I’ve received much needed advice, support, and encouragement from the talented writers who comprise this group. I’ve learned so much about the craft and business of writing through the wonderful monthly programs, Q&A sessions, and online courses. I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped me on my journey to publication. I’m not going away though. Soon, I’ll be bugging you about blurbs, marketing, swag, and so on and so forth. This party’s just getting started.