A True Fairy Tale

Want to hear a magical publishing story? The kind that never
ever happens but totally did to me?
Pull up a chair, fairy tale lovers, because I’ve got a story for you…
Deep into the deadest part of last winter, writerly despair
whapped me upside the head. Every writer knows that pain. The ol’
I’ll-never-get-a-contract blues. But this time it was worse.
I’d heard about a new publishing opportunity for a digital
first line with David C. Cook. The thing is that they’d only take agented submissions.
Woo-hoo! I have an agent. Moan! She’s on maternity leave.
So there I was, dead in the water. No way to jump on this
opportunity and submit. I transformed into a living, breathing Eeyore.
What to do? I prayed. No, really. Not just the token “help
me” kind of prayer. I’m talkin’ the drop to my knees and seriously turn my
troubles over to God with much weeping and gnashing of teeth kind of prayer.
Guess what? He answered. Yeah, I know. God always
answers, but for the most part, never how I expect. This time, however, He took my breath away.
Within the hour, I received an email from the acquisitions
editor at David C. Cook, the very house I was interested in. The editor said
she’d “stumbled” across my blog and liked my style. Did I have anything I wanted
to submit?
Not. Even. Kidding.
I dusted off one of my manuscripts and sent it her way. Lo
and behold (because this is a Godly fairy tale after all), Cook bought my
manuscript, and my book came out in June. Publishers never move that fast.
Editors don’t email wannabe authors. Prayers are never answered like this.

Wrong, on all accounts.
Now don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. Of course God
doesn’t move in these kinds of ways all the time. I share this little tale for
those who may currently be in the grips of writerly despair.
Take heart, writers. Miracles DO still happen. Keep plugging
away. Write those blog posts. Submit those articles. Pound out word after word
on your manuscript. Then when God finally does give you the green light, you’ll
be ready.
Curious about what Cook bought? A HEART DECEIVED is a gothic
Brayden teeters on a razor’s edge between placating and enraging her brother,
whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his
madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he’ll be committed
to an asylum-and she’ll be sent to the poorhouse.
Goodwin has been on the run all of his life-from family, from the law … from
God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverend John Newton,
Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity-an impossible
feat for an opium addict charged with murder.
Ethan shows up on Miri’s doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces. Both
Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit-fallacies that land Ethan
in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them

Michelle’s been
writing since she first discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years. Her recent release
is A HEART DECEIVED, a gothic regency put out by David C. Cook (June 2013). If
you’d like to keep up with her escapades, you can find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.