With the war ended, Scott is discharged from the army. Planning to marry Zelda, he goes to New York and works for the Barron Collier advertising agency. He lives in a single room at 200 Claremont Avenue.
Scott visits Montgomery in April, May, and June. Zelda remains reluctant to commit herself to marriage. The Smart Set, a magazine for the literary circles, takes Babes in the Woods - Scott's first commercial story sale, published September 1919.
Zelda breaks off the engagement.
Scott quits his advertising job, leaves New York, returns home on July 1 to 599 Summit Avenue St. Paul and rewrites The Romantic Egotist, which he renames This Side of Paradise.
Scott is so low on finances that he takes up a job repairing car roofs.
Maxwell Perkins of Scribner's accepts This Side Of Paradise. When Scott received word of the acceptance, he ran up and down Summit Avenue, stopping traffic to tell the drivers of his success.
Scott visits Zelda in Montgomery. He sells his fictional story Head and Shoulders to The Saturday Evening Post (published February 21st 1920), and becomes a client of Harold Ober at Reynolds, an agency in New York which specialised in placing fiction with popular magazines.
The Smart Set publishes Scott's The Debutante, Porcelain and Pink, Benediction and Dalyrimple Goes Wrong.