Welcome to the My First Sale series. Each Friday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between. Maya Rodale comes from a writing family. She even toured with her grandmother, Ardie Rodale, promoting Ardie’s book, Every Day Miracles along with Maya’s debut book, The Heir and the Spare. (I don’t know why but I find that totally endearing!) Her second in the series, The Rogue and the Rival, is in stores now.
It all begins with the book of the heart, doesn’t it? Mine was a tale of duels, disguises, heiresses and fortune hunters, distracted chaperones, an American heiress snaring a duke, and true love conquering all. It was titled The Heir And The Spare.
Thinking a book deal was easier to get than a Real Job, I sent my beloved manuscript out into the world. Thinking Grad School was a great back-up plan, I applied to many institutions of higher learning. And then for the following six months I regularly received rejection letters. Sadness ensued.
There was only one thing to do: admit defeat and apply for a Real Job (the salaried sort with health insurance). One morning I went out for a job interview. And that afternoon my agent called.
Would it be another rejection? Or-could it be good news? My heart thudded in hope and anticipation.
"Good news" my agent said. She always begins her phone calls with "good news" or "bad news." No beating around the bush for her. I adore it.
I was then stunned, delighted, thrilled and outrageously and outrageously happy to learn an editor at Big Publishing House wanted to buy not one but TWO of my novels!
First, I had to call my parents and tell them there was hope for me yet, because I had sold TWO BOOKS! And then I had to high-five my beloved dog, Penelope. Twice-‘once for each book. Some jumping on the bed in joy might have ensued (ok, it did).
And then a few days later, an institution of higher learning graciously invited me to join their academic program. My luck had changed! After months and months of rejection after rejection, I was wanted.
It was good. Great. Fantastic. Even when I had manuscript revisions due at the same time as twenty-page papers term papers. After spending far too much time reading rejection letters and wondering what I was going to do with my life, I thought being busy at work I loved was a very nice problem to have.
And what about those TWO BOOKS? One year after The Call the book of my heart, The Heir And The Spare [http://mayarodale.com/bookshelf/heir.php], made its debut on bookshelves everywhere. Joy! This month the second book of my heart, The Rogue And The Rival [http://mayarodale.com/bookshelf/rogue.php], arrived in stores. Double joy!
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PS: The job never called me back. But that’s ok J