Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My first time...

Two years ago, I received my first contract. I've been lucky enough to have a few more since then. But that first one was and will always be kind of special.

I learned a lot from my first publisher, more than she'll probably ever know, so for tonight I'm dedicating this post to her, Rene Walden of Forbidden Publications.

Why, you might ask? Well, because she took a chance on me. She liked my story. She liked it so much she immediately asked me for more. She got it. LOL But you know, there's some firsts you don't forget. Your first kiss... (haven't a clue) Your first dance... (Ditto there.) Or the big milestones... When you first know you've nabbed the right guy or gal. Yep, knew that pretty quick. That first taste of realizing your dream. Yep, really remember that. I was so stunned, I made my hubby read the email to make sure.

So for Rene I say thank you. And this is why:

Highest Rated for Forbidden Publications
1. Long [51566 words]Ice Cream in the Snow by Diana Castilleja [Romance]

Without her help during that first year, I wouldn't have learned as much as I did, wouldn't have thought I could do more to be honest. I'm still striving because I did get that first contract. It's made me push harder, go further, and want more.

Would I have had the same reaction to anyone else? Maybe. Would I still be writing? Probably. But there's nothing like the first time.

I wish all of you have a wonderful First Time. :)


Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places


Jacquie said...

Best of luck to you, Diana!

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Hi Diana,

As someone right in the middle of her very own publishing first, I can really relate! Nice post - it's good to say 'thank you.'

Jane x

Melanie said...

What a thoughtful post! Rene took a chance on you, and you proved her right with your motivation, ambition and love of the written word. Kudos to both of you!


Tempest Knight said...

You're right about those "firsties". I'll never forget my first sale either. There's something about the feeling of validation that comes from it. :)

Rachel Carrington said...

Your post brought back a lot of memories, Diana. My first publication was almost six years ago now, and each time I receive another contract, I'm still amazed.

Kudos to you for thanking your publisher like this. I'm sure she appreciates knowing she's appreciated!

Rachel Carrington