It’s done. After a week of fiddling and tweaking and perfecting, I’ve sent book proposals to editors at two publishing houses. Now the real waiting begins. And the trying not to check my e-mail every 15 minutes. Q4U – What have you had to wait for recently? An appointment? A long line at the DMV? A phone call? Tell me about it.
From what I’ve learned about the publishing business, the best things to do (for my writing career) while waiting are reading and writing the next book. So here’s what I’m reading these days: Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo The first two are books I ran into at a recent conference I attended. Marybeth Whalen did a session on what it takes to be a Christian novelist. Perseverance and a touch of insanity seem to be the magic combination. The third has Jane Austen in the title and I couldn’t resist. They’re all Christian novels, although I think it’s important to read secular stuff, too. I was a good ways into “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but it’s SO dense I decided to take a break. This is the way I used to read books in high school and college–three or four going at once. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to dip into the thing I’m most in the mood for at the moment. And then dip into something else a little later on! Literary crudite.
Please join me on what I hope is the road to publication. I’ve written a Christian contemporary novel that I hope to see published. I’ve written the book and pitched it to editors at a Christian conference. By Monday morning my proposal will be on it’s way. If I understand correctly, I will then have a month or two (at least) to wait and see what happens. Basically, I’m inviting you to keep me company while I wait. The working title for my book is “The Lotus Leaf Effect.” See how drops of water are beading up on the blades of grass in the photo above? That’s the lotus leaf effect at work. Here’s the one-line summary for the book: When a woman who thinks of herself as a Christian learns that she may have literally walked on water at the age of four, she acknowledges her lukewarm faith and comes to terms with the tension between what she can prove is true and what she believes is possible.
At one point I could barely imagine having a book in print. As of this week, I have two. The e-book of Until the Harvest launched last Tuesday and the print copy officially releases next Tuesday (although it’s already available in stores). A dream come true. A dream that continues to come true. Thank YOU for coming along on this […]