I got The Call: "This is Tracy Farrell from Harlequin Historicals. We love your book and want to buy it."
Cue the mental screams of overwhelming surprise and joy!
But whooo! Eighteen years! That is one long time.
What's changed since I first sold?
The first thing that comes to mind is the amount of PR authors are expected/encouraged to do (whether by their editors or peer pressure). Back in the day (when I was a young whippersnapper, I feel I should add), the biggest question was whether or not to take out an ad in RT and/or do bookmarks.
Yep, no internet, so no feeling that you should be promoting yourself over all it.
Apparently I sold in the Golden Age when it was a piece of cake to sell. Oddly enough, when I first sold, I was under the distinct impression that the Golden Age was in the 70's and 80's and I had missed the Boat of Easy Sales.
I started writing on an IBM Selectric (a typewriter, for all you current whippersnappers). Now, of course, I use a computer. But I still prefer to edit on paper.
My kids were in elementary school when I first sold. They're all grown up now, finished their post-secondary education and gainfully employed.
Some things haven't changed. Writing is still both agony and ecstasy for me. Bad reviews do not get easier to take. I just get over them faster - although that's taken eighteen years.