Friday, July 3, 2015

Flashback Friday--Those Were the Days!

It took me a long time to scan photos, documents and other important items from the pre-technology era. I had at least a dozen file boxes full of stuff--I'm still trying to locate all of our remaining old photographs. Mom wasn't exactly the most organized person I've ever known--she stuck things everywhere. Looking for those photos requires the skill of an Indiana Jones.

Anyway, I did create a "Scrapbook" folder in one of my clouds. I thought a walk down memory lane for Flashback Friday might be fun....

A telegram I received from my agent after an
anxious month of waiting for my
first novel to be sold. She sent it to 12 publishers; 8 made offers.
The book went to Damaris Rowland at Berkley

First advance check (the advance was paid out in three payments).
 

 
Red roses from my editor for the first book; yellow for the two-book 
contract that came six months after the first!

Yep, I got the very first copy off the presses!

No, these weren't from the publisher.This arrangement was 
created by a fellow author for a party she threw to celebrate the publication
of that first novel!

And now, twenty-seven years later, that novel, Dance of the Gods, having had five printings at Berkley, is about to be reissued by my new publisher with a new cover and the original title (the one I gave it), Alexander's Empire.

Happy Flashback Friday, everyone!


15 comments:

  1. i've never seen a telagraph before...

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    1. That just shows how long I've been doing this. I'm a dinosaur!

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  2. What great memories! And so nice you kept the things to remind you!

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  3. Incredibly exciting memories Norma.. I'm thinking the re release of your book will be the beginning of exciting new memories!

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  4. These are great mementos to hold onto, Norma!

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  5. Cheryl--I'm just glad I could digitize everything and preserve them before the ravages of time took their toll.

    Grace--re-releasing these books has meant more to me than I expected.

    William--if only they didn't remind me how long I've been doing this!

    Eve--you are special. But I have nothing to do with that!

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  6. A very nice flashback, indeed. Where did time fly off to?

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  7. Oh Norma, what a wonderful Flash Back Friday post !
    This is just so special, I am happy to know that you can release the books again with such great memories.
    Fabulous !

    cheers, parsnip

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  8. Lorelei--they are, indeed.

    Shelly--the downside is that reminder of just how old I am!

    Gayle--thank you, my friend!

    Mari--absolutely!

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  9. What awesome memories these are! I'm impressed you're going back and scanning everything i have a bunch of film photos that I really should get around to doing that with...

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    1. Aimee, it took us a LONG time to scan everything. But the storage space it saved us is a blessing--and I can now keep all of that stuff safe by putting everything in clouds and on memory cards to store in our safe deposit box.

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