I know I’ve been away awhile. There are a few reasons for that.
1. My MS was ultimately rejected by publisher who had raved about it months ago.
I’ll share that rejection later when the MS is sold. I’ve decided not to kiss and tell regarding actual comments until the book has a home. It’s amazing how one person’s opinion can quickly be adopted by another whose read it. But I promise I’ll share when I can.
I was so depressed after this rejection letter. For one day, I moped, and contemplating giving up. Maybe God hadn’t called me to write. Maybe working on a book for 2 years was a waste of time. I didn’t know. So, I prayed and God answered. I had such a peace come over me. No voice came from Heaven “Thou shalt write!”, but I decided whether or not this book was ever published, that was fine. Really. God’s plans for me are always better than the ones I’ve made for myself.
I told God I trust Him. Maybe the book will get published, maybe I needed to write it simply for experience, or maybe it was only meant to be read by the dozen or so test readers who’ve already seen it.
The very next day, April Fool’s Day, I received an e-mail from a very big agent fish. He was starting a file on me and was considering pitching my book and taking me on. Notice no exclamation point? Because I’ve come this close before. If he does sign me, fantastic! If he doesn’t, the sun will still rise and I’ll still be trusting God for His very awesome plan for my life.
Big agent fish will let me know mid-June if he’ll be pitching my wares, he says. What’s another few months?
2. The second reason I’ve not be diligent with my blogging is I’m preparing for a writer’s conference next week.
I am so excited! I went last year and doors opened. I met my friend Ane who introduced me to her writer’s critique group, which parlayed into another and now yet another. Theses groups have improved my writing immensely.
I made a couple of friends that I stay in close contact with. We encourage each other in writing and life and share insider information and contacts.
I met some published authors who’ve been helping me throughout the year, giving me advice and endorsements. TIP: ENDORSEMENTS WILL GET YOUR STUFF LOOKED AT!
I’ll try to blog again in the next day or so on how to prepare for a writer’s conference. I’ll offer some advice I was glad to have gotten ahead of time, and some I wished I had.
Trust God, for your writing and for your life. Remember when you desperately wanted to marry Sean Cassidy, da do run run? Aren’t you glad God didn’t answer that prayer? Okay, so that was me.