Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Winding Trail to Publishing...

The trail to publishing can be long, twisting, full of rocks, or smooth and leading to a perfect view. Such as this photo I took last year along my hike of the Appalachian Trail. For several months now I have been wondering what God has in store for my writing. Since my return from the trail, I really did not know what would happen. I worked hard at first to put out new ideas and proposals, hoping something would happen. But the weeks went by and nothing.
I then thought perhaps I should look for different employment since my son is now out of school, I had some time on my hands, and the writing part did not seem to be taking off. I applied for a part time library position. There was only one other candidate, I knew the head librarian, so I thought I had an excellent shot at it. When I arrived home from the interview that very day, in my e-mail was an acceptance for a Christmas novella. This project initially came along because my agent / author asked if I wanted to be on the team after their fourth author was unable to participate. Of course whenever opportunity comes knocking, I try to answer to the best of my ability. And I did, coming up with a storyline for the collection in a few days. Well, it was accepted and on the very day I interviewed for the other job.
The next week I was off to the Philly Writer's Conference which poured needed rain down on this dry walk in my writing. I felt energized by positive contacts with editors and authors. I felt renewed in my call to write. And so now I am back at the keyboard, working hard, looking for more open doors as well as writing a new novella.
As for the library position - the other candidate got the job.... :)

1 comment:

Misti Sandefur, Christian author/freelance writer said...

The Bible says that sometimes we just have to have patience. And I know how hard it is to wait for something we truly want soon, but in the end, it always seems to work out, just as it did for you. God's work? I believe so. You got the acceptance and someone else got the library job. ;)

I'm still waiting for one of my prayers to be answered, and although it's been over a year, I know the Lord is already working on it, so I'll continue to pray for the patience. In the end, I'm pretty certain my faith and patience will work out for me as well. :)