For many years I had received the National Drama Service through the church. It would come in a packet along with things for the music department. I liked reading the skits in NDS and sometimes using them in our own productions. So, I knew their style and the types of works they liked to publish.
I had the idea for “A Gift for the Giver” written down in my journal and sat down to write it specifically for NDS. I sent it out ot them and it was accepted for publication. This was proof that a writer should know the publication before sending a work.
I was glad for the sale, but when I received a copy of the booklet in which my skit appeared, there was an editing change made to the skit that I didn’t like. A line was changed so it would be proper English, but people don’t talk in proper English and the line change sounded very stiff. I thought it stuck out like a sore thumb, but maybe others didn’t notice it.
Anyway, it was my first paid work and that was great. I even have a picture of the check!