Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Congress just to cover my butt, I still didn’t want it lost somewhere!
The receptionist was so sweet when she answered the phone and informed me that my manuscript had been received and had already been assigned to one of their Acquisitions staff. She transferred the call to Donna, their Associate Director of Acquisitions. She very graciously took my phone call and pulled up my manuscript with me on the line just to make sure it had all come through so I wouldn’t have to worry.
She informed me that she would be reviewing it and that I would hear back from her within several weeks. She let me know that she would be looking first of all for talent, then writing style, a compelling story and so on. She also informed me that she would not be reading the entire book but would be selecting chapters at random to read. I wanted to tell her, “Oh, read here, then read this chapter, then this one,” but I didn’t want to be pushy or take up her time so I bit back all my comments and questions and decided it was in God’s hands. I thanked her for her time and we hung up. Then I fervently prayed that God would direct her to right places to read.
The rest of the week I felt this stirring going on inside, like a shifting happening mingled with excitement, anticipation and nerves! I could feel something happening out there. I felt something coming, but didn’t know if it was a good thing or a bad thing. I just kept praying and gave it all to God asking that his will be done. If they were the publisher that God had planned for me, then it would happen in His timing.
Just four days later, on Friday the 13th, the wait was over. I wasn’t expecting to back from her for weeks. When I received an email in my inbox from Donna at 7:30 PM PT (9:30 PM CT- they are in Oklahoma), my stomach dropped and my pulse spiked. I hastily opened the email and felt my eyes bug out of my head as I saw that it was a congratulatory message with a contract offer attached! I couldn’t believe it! In four days and on my first attempt, a publisher had snatched up the book and me along with it. This was definitely a God thing! This just doesn’t happen in the writing world folks. It’s a rare as a white lion in the wild.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sitting down to try and write a novel wasn't as simple as sit, type, done. Oh, no. After I had the dream that inspired my storyline, there was about three months of internal doubts and fear to deal with at just the thought of attempting such a feat. But it didn't stop the fact that I was consumed with the flow of thoughts, writing down every idea that popped into my head, and compiling my notes. Some notes were hand written, some typed, some on scraps of paper that I had grabbed in the middle of the night when my mind was overwhelmed with ideas and I didn’t want to forget them.