Category Archives: first sale

Winning the Gold

Kathleen here. It’s been many years since I heard my name announced as the winner of RWA’s Golden Heart Award for unpublished writers, but I can still feel the excitement when I recall that moment. I’ve invited two 2010 GH … Continue reading

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KATHLEEN’S FIRST BOOK (and Coming Full Circle)

Anyone remember the celebration scene in Dances With Wolves when Costner is called upon to tell the story of his buffalo kill one more time? And he says, “No, no, I can’t tell the story again. Oh, all right, one … Continue reading

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Debra – How I didn’t win the Golden Heart

For most of us, writing is something we do because we must. It’s not a choice. We are driven to put words on paper. Publication is obviously the goal, but I’ve found that people who ONLY write for publication rarely … Continue reading

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My First Sale. . . seems like it was yesterday!

My first book. Rapture’s Ransom. Yes, I know, I’ve cringed at that title for more than two decades. I was first published in the era when historical romances had to have one of the “magic” words in the title: rapture, … Continue reading

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First Sale and Patriot Day

Good bad or otherwise, you’re getting a twofer from me today. First things first – my first sale. It falls into the ‘if I knew then what I know now’ category, I probably wouldn’t be published. I was so naïve. … Continue reading

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A (Not So) Brief History Of My First Time

No not that first time.  That time would be entirely too short and not worth the ink.  :-) This is about my first time writing a story and publishing. I’m not the sort who has always wanted to be a … Continue reading

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