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♦ a monthly contest with great prizes,
♦ TWO sparkling boxed sets
of Fabulous Firsts containing the first book in each of 12 beloved series.
♦ lots and lots of great books!
♦ and a Salon on Facebook where we talk all things historical romance
and throw fabulous parties!
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but don’t forget to enter the giveaway (below) first!
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Win a $50 gift certificate to the ebook retailer of your choice (B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, or Google Play)!
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My First Book Sale
by Cynthia Wright
I am one of the rare lucky writers who sold my first book to a New York publisher, without an agent, when I was 23 years old…too young to even consider myself a “real” writer. I’ve been growing into my grown-up career ever since!
Like most of my colleagues, I started creating stories when I was in grade school, mostly because the books I loved most ended too soon and I wanted more. My crowning achievement was a sequel to Gone With the Wind, in 8th grade. While my friends were practicing baton and flag after school, I was typing a 200 page manuscript, loving my ability to fix the whole situation between Rhett and Scarlett. (Haha!)
I dreamed of becoming a writer, but my parents advised me to pursue a practical career like nursing. My heart wasn’t in it and I left college to marry my high school sweetheart.
As a young mom, I filled my hours with books by authors like Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. At 23, inspired by America’s Bicentennial celebrations, I started writing a book about an innocent girl with amnesia who is discovered in the Connecticut woods by a dangerously handsome officer returning home to Philadelphia in 1783. I wrote my story longhand and then typed it on a manual typewriter with a bottle of whiteout. I called it “Caro’s Quest.”
I promptly sent my novel off to the editor at Avon books and it came right back with a form rejection slip signed “The Editors.” I didn’t give up. Following the instructions in a book called Writer’s Market that explained how to submit a book to New York, I sent off a “query letter,” an outline, and a couple sample chapters. Within a few months, an editor at Ballantine Books called to say they wanted to publish my book and title it CAROLINE. Released in December, 1977, it shockingly outsold every other title on Ballantine’s list that month.
(Left: original cover of Caroline. Below: Frst Romantic Times conference in New York City in 1981, me with two other author/friends at Ballantine Books, Tom Huff (aka Jennifer Wilde) and Bertrice Small.)
Four decades later, I love writing historical romances more than ever. The e-book revolution has enabled me to re-edit and republish all the books I wrote for Ballantine over two decades, and I’ve added several new titles to that list. Best of all, I am thrilled to be doing what I love most – writing about love and history. Thanks to all my reader friends, old and new!
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