May 18 2009
Welcome to the My First Sale series. Each Monday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between. Stephanie Bond currently writes “sexy mysteries” for Mira Books and romantic comedies for Harlequin.
Timestamp: mid-November 1995. I have the most pitiful “The Call” story. I was traveling for my corporate job, and that particular trip was less than glamorous. The company I worked for had just bought a small asphalt company in rural Florida and I was sent there to begin the process of getting all their paperwork computerized. I was viewed as the enemy and was alone in this dinky little town in a deplorable hotel room. I went back to my room around midnight one evening, ready to resign, and called back to Atlanta for voice messages. My agent had left me a message on my home phone that Harlequin was buying my book Irresistible? for their upcoming Love & Laughter line!
But I had no one with me to share the news! No one I worked with knew I was writing. It was too late to call my critique partners, my agent, or anyone in my family. My husband was on his own business trip on the West Coast, so I had to leave him a voice mail. I found a can of ginger ail in the motel vending machine and cracked it open to celebrate by myself, sitting in my shabby hotel room. My husband finally called me back about 2:00 a.m. my time and I was still awake, bouncing off the walls! I was stuck in that place for several more days; I don’t know if I would have made it if I hadn’t had the news of my first sale to keep me going!
Stephanie Bond has written over 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. She currently writes the humorous mystery series, Body Movers, in which an Atlanta woman works for Neiman Marcus by day, and helps her brother move bodies from crime scenes by night! Look for books 4, 5, and 6 to be released back to back in April, May, and June.