Chance Meeting Leads to Publishing with Scribners

Carolyn North

When my children began going to school in the 1960s, I began writing fiction while they were in class, just for my own satisfaction. I was interested to discover that I was pretty good at it.

One evening at dinner, knowing there was a PTA meeting in the school library that I had no previous intention of going to, I suddenly ‘knew’ I had to go to it – why? I had no idea.

At the meeting there was a woman who was new to town. She had come mostly to meet some of the other parents at the school. Sharing info with her, I learned that her husband was a sales rep. for Scribners publishers in NYC, and that he was interested in work by unknown writers, to send off to an editor in the NY office. Why not? I figured, and showed her some of my work – mostly bits and pieces of this and that. And then I forgot about it until I received a letter from the head editor asking me to complete the “Book” and send it to them. The BOOK?

In short, I wrote “the book” and indeed, it was published the following year as Earth Below, Heaven Above,  starting my lifelong career as a writer. To date, I’ve written and published (not all with Scribners, though) another 16 books – one of which, published in 1994, called Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidence.

Do you have your own story to share?

We invite you to join our global community by sharing your own story of a meaningful coincidence. It could be wondrous, funny, curious, unexplained, deeply profound, or anything in between! If you have more than one story to share, please create a separate story entry for each. Each story is limited to a maximum of 300 words.

View All Story Forum Posts

See more stories from around the globe of meaningful coincidences, synchronicity and serendipity!

Feeling Another’s Death

On April 22, 2024, unbeknownst to me, my daughter-in-law was in the hospital ...

Read More

Date Coincidences: Rap Music and the First World War

The following occurred Sunday, April 21, 2024, while I was browsing Wikipedia...

Read More

3 Synchronicities at Once!

One year, I was both a victim and witness of crimes, which was traumatic. I g...

Read More

Black Cat

I was having a rough day, emotionally. I decided to talk to my deceased cat a...

Read More

Join Our Mail List

Receive the latest TCP news and announcements to awaken your mind and nourish your spirit. We will never share your email address; you can unsubscribe at any time.