Please Welcome MARSHA ZINBERG!

Posted by at Jun 2, 2009 6:00 am

We Plotmonkeys are thrilled to welcome Harlequin Enterprises executive editor Marsha Zinberg today! All of us have interacted with Marsha over the years, doing novellas, anthologies and continuity novels, and love working on her “special projects.” So we were super excited that she decided to stop by today during her “Famous Firsts” Blog Tour.

She didn’t come empty-handed…prizes galore await visitors today. Marsha will also be stopping by to chat and answer questions, so please join us in giving her a big jungle welcome.

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The Computer Ate My Manuscript!

Talk about radical! Of all the subjects I touched on when chatting with the Harlequin Famous Firsts authors about their reminiscences surrounding the books in this classic collection, the most radical changes were definitely focused on technology – there was a time when writers didn’t use computers.

I can relate! I know I run the danger of sounding pre-historic when I tell you this, but when I began at Harlequin as an assistant editor, the editorial staff did not even have their own typewriters! If we wanted to send a letter to our authors, we walked down the hall to a windowless little room that held three IBM Selectric typewriters, and pounded out our words of wisdom, praise (and sometimes, rejection!) on those machines.

There was also a voice dictation system that we could access by telephone. But when a new editorial director was hired, she insisted that editors be allocated their own typewriters in their own offices, and I remember we all thought we were hitting the big leagues when those typewriters with their cool ball font elements arrived!

Once we hit the 90’s, however, there was much noise made about computers. Of course, Harlequin had to offer computer training to all its employees in order to bring us out of the “dark ages”, but they managed to imbue us with enough computer literacy to ride the technology wave with the rest of the world.

Some of the authors, however, were way ahead of the curve! Joan Johnston, a lawyer before she became a full-time novelist, remembers writing her first books on a legal pad, and then transferring her jottings to a typewriter. Then came the eight-inch floppy disk. Anne Stuart, who seems to have a terrific memory for specifics, recalls that she wrote her first book on a computer in 1984. There was no hard drive—just two floppy disks.

Stella Cameron also remembers jumping quickly to a computer in 1984. She, too, resorted to double floppy disks. Her computer only allowed her to write thirty pages at a time. She was then obliged to close the file and open a new one. And her daisy wheel printer, which rat-tat-tat-tatted like a machine gun, shook the whole house when presenting its product!

Lori Foster told me of her dismay when, as an aspiring writer who had slaved over a typewriter to produce her first manuscript, she was asked to remove “60% of the male point of view” from her story. Deleting random paragraphs from a typewritten manuscript is no easy task. (And how do you figure out how much is 60%?) Essentially, you start again at page one and retype!

Lori also remarked on how enormously computers have transformed the way in which writers practice their craft. With the Internet, the world is at your feet…research can be done electronically, and professionals can be consulted instantaneously by e-mail to verify the accuracy of their information or to check facts. And authors are so much more accessible to their readers, through all kinds of electronic social media. My Space, Facebook, Twitter…all these tools help to build community. And make the authors much more transparent to their audiences.

For many authors, such as Lori, Lindsay McKenna and Vicki Lewis Thompson, who describe themselves as essentially introverts (though Vicki informs me she is an introverted exhibitionist!) the need for authors to be much more highly visible both in person and on the Internet goes against the grain of their essential natures. It impacts both their private lives and their time management methods, as they are instantly exposed to fans, who may wish personal communication, and aspiring writers, who are looking for guidance and help.

Vicki’s notion of becoming the next J.D. Salinger went right out the window. Lucky for us!

Check in with me tomorrow, June 3, at the Blaze Authors blog. I’ve got lots more to share on the changes these authors have witnessed in themselves, and in you, the readers, since these timeless Famous Firsts romances first appeared!
If you missed the start of this blog series you can find me at the BookBinge.

As a special treat we have provided a nostalgia Harlequin tote bag and some Famous First novels to give away. A random winner will be chosen from everyone who posts today–good luck!

Don’t forget that you can enjoy 16 free Harlequin novels by downloading them at www.HarlequinCelebrates.com. And the Harlequin Cover Art Show in New York runs May 30 – June 12th at the Open House Gallery, New York City (201 Mulberry Street in Soho).

Do you like how accessible technology has made writers because of blogs, twitter, myspace, etc?

PS: Be sure to check out the books in Harlequin’s Famous Firsts collection:

The Matchmakers [1986] by Debbie Macomber
Tears of the Renegade [1985] by Linda Howard
Tangled Lies [1984] by Anne Stuart
Moontide [1985] by Stella Cameron
State Secrets [1985] by Linda Lael Miller
Uneasy Alliance [1984] by Jayne Ann Krentz
Night Moves [1985] by Heather Graham
Impetuous [1996] by Lori Foster
The Cowboy and the Lady [1982] by Diana Palmer (available in September 2009)
Fit to be Tied [1988] by Joan Johnston (available in September 2009)
Captivated [1986] by Carla Neggers (available in September 2009)
Bronze Mystique [1984] by Barbara Delinsky (available in September 2009)

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Carly here – when you’re finished with Marsha’s fabulous blog, I’m blogging at Fresh Fiction today so stop by and say hi!

55 Comments

55 thoughts on “Please Welcome MARSHA ZINBERG!

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    Stacy ~ says:

    Welcome Marsha! What a pleasure it is to have you here :partygroup:

    Wow, you’re taking me back. I probably started reading adult romance in the early to mid-80’s, when I was around 12, and looking back, who knew who “hard” it used to be to write when compared to today’s technology. But I suppose if someone has the need to write, neither a cranky typewriter or a floppy disk is going to stand in their way. It’s amazing how far we’ve come, and how accessible authors now are to the readers.

    I am a ‘net junkie. I have my own blog, plus I do MySpace, Twitter, and FB. I very much enjoy it, yes. Though I do wonder if all the time some authors spend networking leaves them much time for writing.

    But then again, are these avenues that take the place of other time-consuming ways of promotion? How did authors, other than by establishing a website, really get the word out there 5, 10 years ago? And using Facebook or Twitter is absolutely free, at least for now, so jumping on a social networking site to talk up your book couldn’t be easier or less expensive.

    Congrats on Harlequin’s 60th anniversary. I look forward to going back and reminiscing about some of the books that instilled my love of romances. :heart:

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    Carly says:

    Welcome, Marsha! I’m so glad you’re here with us today! I got one of those gorgeous tote bags at BEA this past weekend and it is truly special! :cheer: I’m a technological junkie! I don’t remember how we lived before, drove in cars, went on vacation completely unconnected! Talk about dating myself!

    I started writing on a computer with a blue screen and flashing cursor. College was typewriter. Law School was my first IBM computer. Then when I wanted to write, I needed a new printer – dot matrix with the holes on the sides that you tear off … try tearing off 400 pages, LOL!

    See you soon, Marsha and thanks again for coming to the jungle! :whipbanana:

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    Cheryl S. says:

    I love that tote bag. Thanks for being here today.

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    Laurie G says:

    Hi Marsha,

    I like the idea of the Famous Firsts! I’ve read later books of most of these authors and enjoyed them all! I’d really LOVE to read their FIRSTS!! :partygroup:

    I’m still a lot behind techno wise. I have a dial up computer from 2001!

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    Tricia says:

    I love the tote!!!! There was a wonderful used book store down the street from my office. I loved to go there during lunch and hunt the back issues of The Temptation line!!! I fell in love with so many Authors that way. Sadly Miada’s closed!!

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    Liza says:

    Welcome Marsha! Like Stacy, I started reading adult romances around the age of 12 in the mid 80’s. I would take my grandmother’s Harlequin or Silhouette romances after she was finished reading them. I can’t even imagine how tough it was to edit manuscripts without computers. I work in property management and still hear horror stories about having to reconcile everything on hand-ledgers.

    I love being able to hang out with different authors on the net. I’ve never set up a My Space account, but I do have a facebook account and a blog.

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    katie says:

    Thanks for being here today. I can only imagine how frustrating it must have been to type a manuscript on a typewriter and then, have to edit it. I have just ‘found’ Debbie MacComber and it’s interesting how her early novel is a little more ‘basic’ than the more current ones I have read (I haven’t read that many, but you can still see a ‘difference”).

    Have a great day, everyone!

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    Maureen says:

    Hi Marsha,
    I think it’s great that you’re re-issuing the first books of some of my favorite authors. I definitely remember typing my papers on a typewriter in high school and college and how long it took to fix a mistake.

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    anne says:

    Welcome Marsha. What a wonderful post which reminds me of the books that I began reading many years ago. The nostalgia is special for those times. Thanks for this lovely background information.

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    Cher says:

    Welcome to the Jungle, Ms. Zinberg :partygroup:

    It is always an honor to have an editor from Harlequin join us.

    Although I have yet to sell to Harlequin the company has been so good, so kind and so professional in my contacts with them. The other day I was going through some old files and came across my first rejection letter from Harlequin back in 1996. The editor was Sheila Hodgson at Harlequin Mills and Boon. When I saw it I started smiling. Her words were incredibly nice and landed gently on this writer’s soul. At the time, I was such a “green” writer and will be forever grateful for her thoughtfulness to me. Seeing this letter also brought back the memory of a return phone call my husband received from Paula Eykelhof. Back in the day, before I had a real computer or access to the internet I didn’t have the courage to call to find out where I should send my manuscript so my husband called for me. Imagine my surprise and delight when Ms. Eykelhof called him back! Wow. I’ll never forget it. She was so nice and actually wished me luck. Then a few years afterward I had a group editor appointment with her when I attended my first local conference. Scared to death, my knees shaking, I walked into that room and she put me right at ease. What a terrific lady she is. I’ll always have a warm place in my heart for her as well.

    Nowadays my contact is mostly with the amazing Brenda Chin. Although I did pitch an idea to Tracy Farrell that she wants to see when its complete. Everyone at Harlequin is always so kind and gracious to writers. :heart:

    Forgive my ramblings. Thank you again for dropping by. I hope you will come back and visit us soon.

    Cher :cheer:

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    Michele L. says:

    :taz: Welcome Marsha! :taz: It’s great to have you here in the jungle! Wow! What an awesome collection of first novels! I am a huge Harlequin fan and have an enormous collection of books. Unfortunately, when they first came out, I was not born yet, :boohoo: But, in my teens, I discovered romance books and haven’t stopped reading them yet!

    I agree that Harlequin is fantastic! You offer so many different romance books in different lines and genres. I love that you have a paranormal line! I fell in love with paranormal books about a year ago. I just finished reading a book by Susan Krinard called LORD OF LEGENDS. I absolutely loved it!

    I am collecting the BLAZE and TEMPTATION series right now. Sure is fun finding some of the older ones at book sales! I always feel like I have hit a gold mine!

    Have a great week! :flag:

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    Silver James says:

    Good morning, Ms. Zinberg! Like Cher, my dealings with Harlequin have always been professional and enlightening. My first rejection came back in the early nineties, too, and while I don’t remember the editor (I would need to dig out the file), I was encouraged to keep trying. My most recent interaction was with Patience Smith and she was amazingly astute and gave me great ideas on the manuscript she critiqued. Ultimately, it wasn’t right for Silhouette Suspense, but I learned a lot through the process.

    I think every romance reader started with a Harlequin, and I’d take odds that every romance author dreams of making a sale to Harlequin. No one who understands romance is a bit surprised the company is celebrating 60 years or that their earnings and profits are up in a down economy.

    I learned to type on a manual typewriter in high school, progressing to an IBM Selectric in Typing II. I remember carbon paper, erasers, and OMG, when correction strips and White Out(R) was developed!?!?! Then correcting IBM Selectrics? Talk about uptown! My first computer was a Compaq portable. The keyboard folded into the CPU unit. The screen was NINE inches, orange on black with two floppy disks. What a dinosaur now! I love the internet and the opportunity to “meet” authors, learn from them, and maybe even become friends, all without leaving my desk chair. I don’t want to go back to the old days, thank you very much!

    General question, as I know many aspiring authors hang out here in the jungle… Which Harlequin line is the easiest to break into? Thank you so much for dropping by to visit. :flowers4you:

    I’m off to rewrite land. I have one more MS to get ready for RWA Nationals. Just in case I get the opportunity to pitch, I’ll have two ready to go.

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    Lorena Streeter says:

    Welcome to the jungle…as the saying goes!

    I have some wonderful memories of the Silhouette Book Club back in the early 80s…it had to be at the beginning of it, because I remember when I first saw it–I think I must have pulled a card out of a book at the library or out of a magazine or something, but I have these memories of lazy summer afternoons in our big old farmhouse, laying on my bed and escaping–usually devouring the books the day they arrived! I was 15 or 16 at the time, only too willing to be taken out of Arkansas and into someplace more interesting. Ohio, for example. :biggrin: Pre computers, pre air conditioning (well, in our house, anyway) … looking back, it’s amazing what technology has done to improve how we deliver stories…and what those stories were like! Not only has the technology changed, but the social dynamics, too. I’m a Luddite at heart, but YAY, progress!

    :cheer:

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    ellie says:

    Hi Marsha. I read your post with great interest and delight. The typewriter was my best friend way back and I depended on it everyday. I enjoy looking at the covers that are enchanting and unique.

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    Janelle says:

    Welcome to the jungle, Marsha! It’s such a pleasure and treat to have you here! :monkey:

    I remember using a typewriter for my first few manuscripts. I can’t imagine using one now! But it was fun reading your article and remembering the good ol’ days! :happy:

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    Colleen says:

    I am not a writer, but I remember having to use a typewriter for my school work in Elementary and Junior High… We finally had a computer when I hit high school… It is amazing how technology has changed things through the years. Thanks for the interesting post today! :flowers4you:

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    Elisa V says:

    Welcome Marsha! :partygroup: ;) I am escaping my work to check out the jungle today. It’s an honor to meet you. I love when books are re-issued. As most people re-call the typewriter, I remember using them for school projects and writing papers, then college came and then it was a lot faster on the computer.

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    Karen B says:

    :present: Famous firsts – great idea! As to technology – I got a manual typewriter for my HS graduation gift. Yup – I’m really old!!

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    Robin says:

    Hi, Marsha! What an amazing list of firsts! I never thought I’d be one of those people attached to their computer, but with so much at our fingertips now, it’s impossible to stay away! I love having the opportunity to get to know authors like the Plot Monkeys better, and have learned a great deal about writing from them and other authors.

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    Cheryl McInnis says:

    Hi Marsha!

    I remember when I first “graduated” from Sweet Valley high novels to my mom’s Harlequins, and some of those authors are still among my favorites today! I love the idea of the “Famous Firsts”, I’m looking forward to reading them all~
    As for technology, when I write, I still use a pen and paper and type it into the computer when finished-that’s the only way for me to get my creative juices flowing :winking:

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    Kara says:

    I remember my first Harlequins fondly – I used to borrow them from the library – the had a big revolving rack of them and a few walls filled with them. I can’t even imagine writing a book with a typewriter – daunting!!

    Happy 60th anniversary – as yes I downloaded the free ebooks – great stories!! :applause:

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    Marcie says:

    I remember buying my first manual typewriter and being ecstatic. Sending in short stories or poems to contests, I would put a sheet of carbon paper in between two typewriter sheets to make a copy!

    I do like the accessibility to writers. Before I would send a letter to the publisher and hope/pray the author received it. Most times I wouldn’t hear back. Now, on the author website, use the contact link and most always I get a response.

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    cheryl c. says:

    I love the accessibility of authors these days. I enjoy getting to know them. I do think that when authors and readers connect, it inspires reader loyalty.

    The release of these Famous Firsts is a great idea! I have read many debut books, and I have been so impressed with the talent displayed right off the bat. :applause:

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    Marsha Zinberg says:

    Thank you so much for the warm welcome, everyone! I’m delighted that you all seem so excited about the Famous Firsts Collection, and thank you for sharing your “typewriter” stories with all of us!

    Amidst the comments I’ve read so far was one general question: which is the easiest Harlequin line to break into?

    I think it best for me to turn that question around, and have you ask yourself, “of all the Harlequin lines, where do I think, my style, my story and my voice best fit?”

    Any editor on any of the lines is going to be attracted to an originally-told story in a distinctive voice, and they will want to grab that story for their line, so the trick is to do your homework, study the various lines and determine what types of stories they are currently selling, and figure out where you think your work would fit best.

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    Marsha, I loved your blog! Interestingly enough, I just packaged up one of my older books to give away as a prize to a reader, and it was Bachelor Father, from the 1999 Heart of the West series. I was glancing through it before mailing it off and found the dedication — For Marsha Zinberg — editor, friend, and classy dresser. It was true ten years ago, and is still true today! :snoopy:

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    Donna M says:

    Welcome Marsha Zinberg. :monkey: Thanks for visiting with us in the Jungle today. As a reader with no writing aspirations or delusions I have to say Harlequin has such wonderful Customer Service that has always been courteous, prompt, helpful and friendly since I started reading the Temptation line in the 80’s. There is such a diversity of books in the Harlequin lines and a wonderful line up of authors. eHarlequin is where I first had contact with authors on the boards. What a thrill to have actual contact with people that wrote the books I love. The Internet has given us access to authors as people and writers which makes their books all that more enjoyable. I’ve learned how hard each of them work to produce a book. Thank heavens for so many talented people writing books. :applause:

    I am still thrilled when I email someone because I loved their book and they email me back. The Internet is a marvel! I learned to type in high school, went on to a few months in business college and then to work in a bank where we posted the checking accounts on these huge bookkeeping machines, it was BC! Before computers!! :rotfl1: For the most part I love technology but don’t want to always be connected. That said do not, I repeat, do not take away my computer with access to all those possiblities! :drama:

    Thanks again for visiting here today. Congratulations to Harlequin for 60 years celebrating romance. :partygroup:

    Thanks to the Plotmonkeys for keeping the blogs fun & interesting since day 1. :applause: :monkey: :monkey: :monkey: :monkey:

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    Jane says:

    I like that we’re able to be more connected to the authors and we know what they’re working on at the moment. The tote bag is gorgeous.

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    Carol R says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Marsha. The jungle is glad you came! :dancingmonk:

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    RobynL says:

    hi and welcome Marsha; gosh you have taken me down memory lane with such as the IBM Selectric typewrite and the different ball fonts. We were in heaven but oh, those nasty typed errors where we had the little piece of paper with white out on it and you could only correct the first page or you needed a piece for each carbon copy as well. Yikes, I remember that. What ease the computer has brough about.
    The famous firsts collection will be so great to get and read. Congrats on the 60th anniversary. Happy reading everyone.

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    Erika says:

    I can’t imagine having to retype an entire manuscript for edits. YIKES!

    I love it when I find out my favorite author has a blog. I’ve come to realize through blogs and such that writing isn’t easy for anyone, not even the greats.

    Thanks for stopping by and congrats to Harlequin on 60 years. :yourock

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    Paula R. says:

    Hi everybody…sorry I am late…

    Marsha welcome to the jungle and thank you for swinging with us today…your blog is funny…I remember learning to type on a type writer and I could not imagine actually producing a full length book on one…deleting 60% or even less must have been really tedious…

    I love the fact that computers make my author friends accessible to me…I love talking to them about their everyday lives as well as getting the chance to get personal responses more quickly. I remember the first time, I actually emailed an author and got a response…I was bowled over…before I learned that my author friends were not there to talk to me whenever I wanted them to…lol…I used to try and engage them in conversations all the time, but now that I am older and wiser, I know that whatever message I send them will get answered when they get a chance to reply…I have learned the value of patience when it comes to that, still working on waiting for books to come out though…I am still amazed and awed by the fact that an author responds to my emails…now if I can get my fav movie stars to do the same I can live on cloud nine…I love looking at the pics they share on fb and myspace too…I also like the fact that they get to see snatches of my own life via the same medium…

    BTW…Amazon still hasn’t delivered your books yet Carly, Jules and Les…I am not happy…I guess I will have to do my best to find them in brick and mortar stores then…

    I am going to visit Carly…I will check back in later…

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

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    limecello says:

    Hi Marsha! Wow- thanks for visiting with us today! And I really enjoyed this post – very fun, and interesting to learn about the experiences that authors had.
    I do like that authors are more accessible/visible online. I’ve never really written fan letters (I’ve only “cold” emailed like 4 in my life) – but I love interacting with authors through their blogs, and especially twitter.
    I’ve learned about so many new and different authors that way, and it’s veyr entertaining.
    I can’t imagine re-writing so much of a book that was type-written. Ack. Poor Lori.

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    Leslie says:

    Hi Marsha–thanks again so much for being here with us today! We’re so excited to have you!

    I wrote my first book on my first desktop computer which, I remember, was the “height of technology” because it actually had a hard drive! 32 whole meg! It still had the dual floppies, but I really remember being excited not to have to swap out those floppies at the end of every day…lol!

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    Estella says:

    Famous Firsts is a great idea! I have been reading Harlequins since the early 80’s and my favorite line is the Supers.

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    Julie Leto says:

    Marsha! One of my favorite people at Harlequin! It’s such an honor to have you here in the jungle with us!!!

    :partygroup:

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    pearl says:

    I enjoyed learning about the amazing firsts. Thanks for this interesting post today. I did a lot of typing on various typewriters and the transition to computers was wonderful.

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    Venus Vaughn says:

    How exciting. I’ve been working my way through a few vintage reads recently. I wouldn’t mind adding a few more to the TBR.

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    ev says:

    Hi Marsha-
    late to the party today but glad i stopped in. (Had to drive to Atlantic City to pick up a sick kid.sigh)

    I love technology and how it has opened up so many more authors to me than I might have ever known about. I have been on aol since 1991 and the very first person I sought out was Anne McCaffrey and started out on the aol author sites from there. Still doing McCaffrey all these years later.
    Especially with Blogs, websites, Twitter and Facebook, authors no longer seem like such foreign people- OMG they are just like me!! LOL

    Is it too early to go to bed?? :groan:

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    Patricia Barraclough says:

    We often forget that everyone has to start somewhere. When I first started working at our small county library, I remember getting a feel for who was popular with our patrons. I remember how surprised I was to find some of those very well known in Harlequin and Harlequin type books. It is interesting reading someone when they just start out. They are just developing their style/voice, but you can still see the writer they will become. It is like seeing a child mature and become a wonderful adult.
    As far as technology is concerned, I’m still trying to become half as proficient with the computers as the children I work with.
    Really enjoyed your blog. Happy Anniversary.

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    michele says:

    Welcome Marsha, what a great blog, as someone who is starting to write I couldn’t imagine using a typewriter to write I’d have a lot of start overs so a lot of paper or white out. Having a computer has made so I can connect with my favoriote authors and getting great advice on how to work on the craft of writing.

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    ALICE says:

    THAT IS QUITE A LIST OF THE WAY BOOKS WERE WRITTEN. BACK WHEN
    I WAS WORKING BACK IN THE 1940’S WE ONLY HAD TYPEWRITERS AND
    THEY WEREN’T ELECTRIC FOR A LONG TIME. I WORKED FOR 7 DIFFERENT
    AGRICULTURE SCIENTISTS THAT DID RESEARCH, AND TYPED UP THEIR
    MANUSCRIPTS FROM THEIR HANDWRITING==AND SOME OF THEIR
    WRITING WAS LIKE CHICKEN SCRATCHES. ALSO SOME HAD COLUMNS
    OF NUMBERS–SOMETIMES 7-8 COLUMES ACROSS AND 20 OR MORE
    DOWN. MOST OF THESE HAD PH.D’S—AS I WAS GOOD IN ENGLISH I
    WOULD CHANGE THINGS TO THE CORRECT GRAMMAR.
    THEY WOULD SEND THEM OFF TO A SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL AND THEN
    WOULD HAVE TO TYPE THEM ALL OVER AGAIN., SOMETIMES 2 OR 4
    DIFFERENT TIMES.
    LATER ON SOME OF THE OTHERS IN THE GROUP AT OTHER LOCATIONS
    WOULD SEND THEM TO ME TO MORE OR LESS EDIT FOR THEM.
    ONE OF THEM HAD TRANSFERRED TO TEMPLE AND ASKED ME IF I WOULD MOVE TO TEMPLE, TX, AS A CLERK-STENO AND THEN ENDED
    UP BEING A AMINISTRATIVE OFFICER WHEN I RETIRED–COURSE HAD
    THE TITLE BUT NOT A LARGE SALARY—AS I DIDN’T HAVE A COLLEGE
    DEGREE.
    ANYHOW, DID GET AN IBM SELECTRIC FOR USE IN MY HOME. I STILL
    HAVE THE TYPEWRITER, AND IT STILL WORKS. COURSE YOU CAN’T
    BUY RIBBONS FOR IT NOW AS FAR AS I KNOW.
    I LOVE READING BOOKS AND ALWAYS HAVE. LOVE ROMANCES,
    HISTORICAL, AND MYSTERY.

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    Alannah says:

    Hi and welcome to the jungle!!

    I remember when I had to type apartment rental leases on a typewriter. What a pain. It gives me a whole other level of respect for the dedicated authors who were willing to not only type a manuscript once on one, but to then retype it!

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    Diana says:

    Welcome, Marsha!

    That is one cute tote.

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    Pat Cochran says:

    Thanks for the special visit today! Mills & Boon, Harlequin, and I are longtime friends.
    I began reading romances in the 1950s and I continue through today.

    Pat Cochran

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    Lyn says:

    WOW! I hadn’t thought about the changes in technology, I’m young enough that we always had computers at school (I do remember Windows 3.1 when I was at school).

    Reading these descriptions, it seems like a miracle that we had any published books at all.

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    Marcy says:

    Marsha,
    I can’t imagine editing a type-written manuscript. Yuck! We don’t realize how good we have it now with all this technology at our fingertips.

    Marcy

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    marsha zinberg says:

    Wow! It feels great to be among so many friends….Vicki, Leslie, Carly….Julie! And all the rest! Thanks for the very warm welcome! All I need now is a cup of tea! I’m glad you enjoyed my comments….there’s more to come, so follow my little blog tour and see what else I have up my sleeve!
    Warm regards
    Marsha

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    Kathy says:

    I LOVE famous firsts and definitely don’t know what I’d do with my computer or the Internet when it comes to writing. The tote bag is wonderful. Thanks for the visit and the post. :applause:

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    Samantha says:

    :) I remember using a typewriter for my college years. I loved that thing but looking back I don’t know how I found the patience to use it..

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    Emma says:

    Hi Marsha Thanks for this interesting post today.Have a great week everyone.It’s great that you’re re-issuing the first books of all these wonderful authors. Congrats on Harlequin’s 60th anniversary.

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    Valerie says:

    I just found out from Romance Junkies about this blog tour, so I am travelling along with you, catching up!! Hehe.

    I am finding the posts and stories very, very interesting. Being a bookaholic and very interested in writers and how they work, I am devouring the posts.

    Thank you for putting this all together. I will be putting this list of books on my German amazon wishlist!!!

    Valerie

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    [...] you’ll find me at Cataromance. My previous “stops” include: Bookbinge (revising Harlequin), Plot Monkeys ( the Blaze Authors blog (how writers tackle the creative process), Romance Junkies ( ) and [...]

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    [...] stops include Dear Author, Romancing the Blog, BookBinge, Plot Monkeys, Romance Junkies and the Blaze Authors [...]

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    [...] previous blogs stops include: Bookbinge, Plot Monkeys, Blaze authors blog, Romance Junkies, Romancing the Blog, Dear Author, Cataromance, and Teach Me [...]

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    Ruby says:

    It’s amazing what computers have done for us writers. I have never been the best typist and I backspaced constantly on a correcting typewriter The day I got a computer I kept erasing my text.

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