Worry and the Journey to Publication

By
Lindsay Harrel

Last
week I was cleaning out my home office—which had slowly become the junk room in
our house. I’ve been putting it off for awhile now, but with the upcoming
arrival of a new baby, it had to be done. When sorting through items I’d long
forgotten about, I came upon a journal from five years ago.
As I
read, I discovered entries from the very beginning of my writing journey. There
were some entries where I was excited to finally be pursuing this dream, one
I’d held in my heart since childhood. Other entries expounded upon all the
knowledge I’d been gaining through craft books, conferences, and other sources.
But then
there were the entries filled with something I’ve struggled with most of my
life: worry. Pages and pages full of questions and doubts. Would I ever be able
to make this a reality? Would I give up after a year of trying? Would I find
out I really didn’t have what it takes to be a published author?
There
was one journal entry dated about six months into my journey that really stood
out to me. In it, I went back and forth on whether to submit my first novel to
an editor who had requested it. I agonized over that decision, fearing that if
it wasn’t ready (which it wasn’t!!), I’d ruin any future chances I had in the
industry—but also worrying that if I didn’t take that chance, I’d always regret
it.
You
guys—if I’ve learned anything, it’s that one single action can’t destroy someone’s
chances at publication forever (of course, I’m not talking about something that
burns bridges or is egregious, rude, or ill-mannered). Either you believe God
is in this or you don’t. He has the perfect timing, the perfect path for YOU.
I saw a meme
going around the Internet this month that said, “If it doesn’t open, it’s not
your door.” Over the last five years, I’ve stood at many doors and knocked
incessantly, begging them to open—to no avail. Then I worried about why they
didn’t open. Was I not worthy? Had God forgotten about me? Did I unknowingly
upset someone important?
Now I
look back and I shake my head. The worry did me absolutely no good. The doubt
didn’t help me blossom into a better writer. It only weighed me down and choked
the life and energy out of me. It wasn’t until I was able to “let go and let
God” have control that I was at peace in my writing journey. I put my head down
and kept writing. One book. Another. Another. And another.
And
then, seemingly out of the blue (though it wasn’t out of the blue for God), I
received my first contract in March of this year. My debut novel, One More Song to Sing, is set to release
later this week, on December 1.
I was
talking about this with a friend of mine recently. She grinned and said, “Remember
all that worrying you did? Guess it wasn’t necessary after all.” She was
totally right. Let me tell you, I didn’t add a single moment to my life by
worrying (Matthew 6:27).
Learn
from my mistakes. Don’t let worry take over your journey. Fight back. Replace
those ugly lies Satan is feeding you with healthy doses of the Truth.
God has
the right door for you. It may not look the way you thought it would. It may
take a lot longer to reach it than you wanted. But every step along this
journey is one that leads you closer to your goal.
Keep
fighting—and keep writing.
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Bio:
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who
lives in Arizona with her young family, and two golden retrievers in serious
need of training. Besides writing, singing, and hanging out with family and
friends, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with
anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Her debut
novel, One More Song to Sing,
releases December 2016. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com.




Book Blurb:

More than two decades ago, Olivia Lovett left
her old life behind in the red dirt of Oklahoma and forged a career in
Nashville as a country music star. Now her voice is failing, forcing her to
find a new dream just as the secrets of her past come knocking at the door.
Long-time friend Andrew Grant agrees to partner in a new business venture—but
would he stick around if he knew her whole story?

After the tragic loss of her father,
twenty-one-year-old Ellie Evans headed to Nashville seeking more than just
fame. For two years, she’s waitressed, strummed, and sung her way to what may
finally be her big break when Olivia offers to sign her to the budding record
label. More than anything, Ellie just wants to be seen: by her future fans, by
Nick Perry—a fellow musician with a killer smile and kind eyes—and above all
else, by the mother who abandoned her. If the spotlight never shines on her,
will Ellie ever feel whole?

One More
Song to Sing
is a romantic drama
about the power of forgiveness, second chances, and a God who never fails to
see us.