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How I Became a Published Author by Linda Broday

Welcome debut author Linda Broday – and don’t forget to check out her giveaway below!

My path to publishing isn’t unique but you may find it interesting. I’d been writing seriously for about 8 years and getting rejection after rejection on everything I sent out. One day I saw Dorchester Publishing was sponsoring a New Historical Voice contest.

I read all the rules and, after going over it until I was sick of it, sent in the amount of pages they requested. I tell you, I said a lot of prayers as I put that envelope in the mail.

Back then, computers were just coming on the scene. Few people had them and I wasn’t one. Everything had to be typed and then mailed in through the postal service.

Two weeks from the time I sent it in, I got a phone call. They asked me to send the full manuscript. My hands were shaking when I laid down the phone. I had that in the mail before you could turn around.

Then, not long after—maybe another two weeks, I got a phone call from Kate Seaver at Dorchester saying that they were taking me out of the contest. They offered me a contract. This writer who poured out her heart and soul on paper, daring to hope that someone liked what she wrote had reached her dream.

Talk about shaking. This time I was trembling from head to toe and had to sit down because my knees wouldn’t support me. I’ll never forget the emotions that raced through me. I wanted to drive down the street with a bullhorn and tell everyone. Laugh and holler. I’d burst out in giddy laughter at the strangest times.

But then, fear set in. Could I do this? They’d want more books. Could I deliver those? What were their expectations going to be? I had big knots in my stomach.

The book they published was KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS about a down and out cowboy who wins a baby in a poker game and then has to decide what to do with her. He doesn’t need anyone else to look after. Taking care of himself is almost more than he can manage.

I’m extremely grateful to Sourcebooks for re-releasing this book and putting it out in print again. The story is timeless and deserves a larger audience than it got the first time.

I went on to publish two more with Dorchester. Sourcebooks re-released Texas Redemption in February and is set to do the same with The Cowboy Who Came Calling in Feb. 2018.

It took a lot of hard work and long hours to reach my dream, but I didn’t give up. Dogged persistence is the key to just about anything we want in this life.


Comment below for a chance to win Knight of the Texas Plains by Linda Broday! (USA residents only please!)


He’ll do whatever it takes
To keep them safe 

Duel McClain has lost everything he’s ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he’ll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies…

Just as Duel swears his life can’t get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed…

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Bio: At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She resides in the Texas Panhandle and is inspired every day. 

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12 Responses to “How I Became a Published Author by Linda Broday”

  1. Congratulations Linda! That’s a great story! =) And a NYT bestselling author! You’ve reached for the stars and caught one! =)


    Posted by Carrie Peters | August 28, 2017, 8:13 am
    • Thank you, Carrie. I have been so blessed. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d be a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. I’ll always be grateful to Dorchester Publishing for taking a chance on me. I’m a lesson for everyone and proof to never give up. Risk = Reward. I truly believe that.

      Posted by Linda Broday | August 28, 2017, 2:44 pm
  2. I love a story with a HEA!I’m glad you gave us more books. -Evie

    Posted by Evelyn Berry | August 28, 2017, 8:50 am
    • Hi Evelyn, thanks for coming and letting me share my story. I might not be the best writer there is, but I darn sure am the most stubborn. If there’s something I want, I dig in my heels and reach for it. I might not get it the first try, but don’t count me out. If you’re a writer, keep at it. The water is warm and there’s a lifeguard!

      Posted by Linda Broday | August 28, 2017, 2:46 pm
  3. Your persistence is inspiring! Congrats on turning that golden opportunity into a successful career, and also on your new releases. The story sounds wonderful.

    Posted by Elizabeth Harmon | August 28, 2017, 11:30 am
    • Hi Elizabeth, I’m so glad you came. I’ve endured many setbacks in life but no one has ever called me a quitter. I got so many rejections trying to sell Knight on the Texas Plains but I didn’t give up. Each time one would come in, I’d put that manuscript into an envelope and send it right back out. Of course, now you can send it with the press of a button. Even easier. I wish you the best in life whether you’re a writer or a reader. The world needs what you can give. Always believe in yourself.

      Posted by Linda Broday | August 28, 2017, 2:49 pm
  4. Wonderful story, and I’m glad you found a new home for your books!

    Posted by Natalie J. Damschroder | August 28, 2017, 12:24 pm
    • Hi Natalie, thanks for stopping by. I just love Sourcebooks Publishing. They are truly a company who believes totally in their authors. Each set of edits contain more praise than they do criticism. So refreshing. And they let me write what I want, never holding me back. Amazing people who have great vision. Good luck to you and may you find every cloud with a silver lining.

      Posted by Linda Broday | August 28, 2017, 2:53 pm
  5. Thank you, Linda for inspiring and writing westerns!
    Loved Louis l’Amour when i was young – only wished he had more romance! Praying for those in Texas now… Lois

    Posted by Lois Miller | August 28, 2017, 4:44 pm
    • Lois, thank you so much. We can use the prayers right now. And the world can use more western romances. You’re right about L’Amour. He didn’t put much romance in his stories. Everyone needs romance–even lonely cowboys.

      Posted by Linda Broday | August 31, 2017, 12:17 pm
  6. Loved your inspiring story and so glad you debut has been reissued. The premise sounds so intriguing.

    Posted by Carol Opalinski | August 31, 2017, 1:46 pm


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