I tried unsuccessfully for several years to find an agent to help get my books published. Finally, one of my customers told me he had found a publisher without going through an agent. He connected me with Eric at TGIM Digital Publishing in Little Rock, Arkansas. We talked on the phone several times over a period of a few weeks and came to an agreement about who would contribute what to our partnership.
Neither my husband nor my kids knew anything about it at that point. Once Eric and I reached our agreement, I told my husband. He and I together planned a party to celebrate and to break the news to my kids and grandkids.
The first Saturday that I wanted to have the party, my son had to work. The next week, one of my daughters couldn’t make it. As you can imagine, I’m about to burst with the news, but somehow held it in. The third Saturday everyone was available and they all arrived at my house.
We had pizza and lots of fun visiting. It was a beautiful day and we sat on the porch enjoying each other. I finally told them it was time to go in, that I had something serious to discuss with them. They all looked at each other wondering what in the world was going on.
After they all got seated in the living room, my husband Ronnie went into the kitchen and brought out a cake that we had HEB decorate in a special way. The wording was: Way to go! Write on!
I told them they had to figure out what it meant before we would cut the cake. I wish I had taken a photo of it, it was really cool. They just kept repeating it over and over, way to go, write on. Way to go write on. After about 15-20 minutes, my grand daughter Oliva shouted. “I get it! WRITE on. Mema, your books! Are you getting published?
That’s a special day I’ll never forget.
“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA