A multi-published author and former RWA President, Jill Limber’s latest books are Montana Morning, A Heart That Dares and The Right Track. As a child, some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs and one very ancient cat, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.
You can visit her website at www.JillLimber.com.
Jefferson Kennedy runs his life and his business in an orderly, practical and scheduled way. When he decides it is time for him to marry, he does his research and picks the most likely candidates for the position from women he has met over the years. As he travels cross-country in his private restored antique train car, his new gourmet chef is amused at his plans, and when she begins to fall for him, things heat up in the kitchen, turning Jefferson’s plans into chaos as he falls in love with his fun-loving, madcap companion.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Jill. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
I am multi-published.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I went main stream. My first book was a historical romance and I researched the publishers and queried the ones that had lines that fit my first book.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
It took about a year of production from the time I sold the book until it came out in print. That is about average for the big New York publishing houses.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
It was thrilling to sell the book. When the editor called with an offer we had a rather short, business-like conversation. As soon as I hung up, I was screaming and dancing around the kitchen. My next door neighbor rushed over to make sure everything was okay. I celebrated with my family, then friends threw a big party for me. It was a very special time.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
I did a series of classified ads over a period of three weeks in Soap Opera Digest to lead up to the release date. Back then, there were so many fewer opportunities for promotion, and magazine ads were pretty effective, but expensive.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
You learn something with every book you write.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
I really thought when I sold my first book, I would have an easy time selling subsequent books—but each one takes a lot of time and effort to sell.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
The joy of storytelling. Universally people have been telling stories since language was developed, and it is wonderful to be a part of such an amazing tradition.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Don’t give up the dream. Feed it, nurture it and give it a lot of time and effort. It will be worth everything you put into it.