Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Thankful Note

I have some amazing fellow writers I am blessed to call friends. They've been such an encouragement to me through this writing journey. They've shown their care for me in some amazing ways.

My critique partners are so faithful to work on my submissions. I know how much they put into the group, and they're much appreciated. I've seen all of our work blossom and bloom over the past year and a half. We need each other. I'm so thankful that God put us together. Blessings to you all.

I've also come across some writers through ACFW that have given me invaluable help with proposals and edits, and even sent me information on upcoming conferences and contests. One friend gave me a reference to her agent. That was a very selfless thing to do. They've contributed to important stepping stones on my walk to the finish line of getting published.

Two different conference leaders gave me books on learning the craft of writing. They've been invaluable tools that I've used to come along on my journey even more.

This is my prayer to you all, one of thankfulness.

 2 Thessalonians 4:1 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith growth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

We must work together in the writing world. It's a tough one even though we're in the Christian book business. Thank you all so much for your willingness to put me in your prayers and thoughts, too. This is living life for Christ:furthering others, working together, and helping when you didn't have to.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bungee Cord Jump Writers Take

It's been a great week in the aftermath of the one day conference I attended last Saturday. As a writer, I love to be with other writers. They share the same passion and struggles as I do. They understand what it's like to be up late working on a manuscript or to miss meals because you can't get away from the computer.

Of all the professions for God to put me in, He chose a hard one. This writing thing can make you crazy. It can make you jump for joy one minute and cry the next. It's kind of like being on a bungee cord. One minute you're tumbling to the ground. You're skirting death, but then it could be just one more second from springing to the heights of heaven.

Most of the time people survive these jumps, but the burden of not knowing if we will for those five seconds puts you on the edge. So too is writing. We ask ourselves will we make it, will the cord, that's God, keep us from a free fall to doom, or will it snap and plummet us to the pit of never being published.

I believe that if we're in God's will and we push forward, keep making those jumps, He'll direct us away from treacherous rocks and back into the sky of the publishing world.

Of course that means we have to strive forward. We need to keep listening to our instructors about the publishing world, learn how to tie on our harness of good grammar and remember our helmet of faith through these trying days.

Don't forget the importance of connecting with other writers as I mentioned before. Whether you're a Facebooker, Twitterer, Blogger make sure you're reaching out and building relationships. Those connections can open a whole new world for you in the writing world.

So dear readers...jump.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lancaster Writers Conference and a Book Signing too

It's been a very busy week. Tomorrow night I'm doing a book signing with Karla at a fundraiser event at a local private school. It was great to be able to tie the assembly we had last week into this event. God works these things out for us, and I'm so thankful for it.

Then I'm headed to Lancaster for a one day writers conference. I'm so excited and thankful to Lynellen Perry for letting me stay with her the night before.  And to top it all off, she's doing the driving to the conference.

It's going to be a great day of learning. One thing I love about writers groups and conferences is surrounding myself with people who are working hard and going through the same things I am. Every nugget of advice from those that have already traveled the road I'm embarking on is well appreciated and wanted. The excitement that filters through people at these events is so catching. Yep, I'm a writer junky when it comes to sucking in all the information and social activity of the writing world.

Because of the conference, my little fingers have been tapping away all week on my rewritten  manuscript and the proposal that goes with it.

I have to send a big thank you to Heather Day Gilbert for all the help on a different proposal that has helped me come a long way in putting together those pesky and difficult things. Of course that was well over a year ago, but it's still having a huge affect on the furtherance of my writing career.

If you all haven't discovered Staples, you've got to check out their printing department. I've gotten the best bookmarks, flyers, and proposals copied there. The choices in paper quality and color make it so much easier to print whatever I need. So I'm off to the local Staples to get last minute papers printed.

Have a fruitful night, dear readers.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our First Big Assembly for Memphis Learns the Hard Way

Here's a sneak peak of some of the original illustrations in my newest illustrated book.

Tomorrow's the big day. Karla Gragg and I are doing our first assembly at Culpeper Christian School for Memphis Learns the Hard Way! It's exciting and scary and fantastic all at the same time.

God is so good. We have a book signing lined up at a fundraiser craft fair next week and because the school fit us in this week, we can advertise to our target audience for the book signing.

I can't wait to share with the kids how God can use everyone of us to His glory with the gifts He's given us. This next generation that's coming up need to know that they have a purpose. That purpose is to live out loud, step out on faith, and grab ahold of all God has for us. For me it's to write and illustrate. For others the sky is only limited by them.

May God open the door for us to go to other schools and share the hope that is in us with more children and teens.