Celebrate with me the completion of my book: Becoming Miriam: A Life Transformed by God. After two and one-half years of hard work, tears, laughter and editing…and rewrites…and editing…and rewrites, I have completed my manuscript. Now the fun part starts…waiting.
Waiting to hear from the Lord how I am to publish it. Waiting to hear back from the agent I just mailed my manuscript to, to see if he wants to represent me and if my book is marketable to the Christian Booksellers Association (CBS) Is it too dark a subject? Do I have more than one book within my book? Is it well-written enough? All these questions form in my mind, knowing it will take 6-8 weeks to hear back. If I hear back.
I am blessed with a wonderful mentor, Kay Marshall Strom, a well-known Christian author of fiction and non-fiction, who has guided me and critiqued my book along the way. At this year’s Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, she gave me the thumbs up on my book, as did another writer friend, Joseph Bentz. With this encouragement, I sent my manuscript with sample devotions and greeting cards I had written, off to the agent I met my first conference. He kindly gave me permission to send my book proposal to him when I was done. So I did that this week.
And now, I am taking a rest. The Lord whispered to my heart yesterday to take a break from my art and writing ministry and enjoy the summer. After all, it is His book, and He will publish it when He is ready, whether by a traditional publishing house or self published by me.
Same with the art. I am seeking to license my art and recently got back my first rejection letter from a well known art publishing company. Tears and disappointment filled my heart. They said they had an artist already with my style. With my style? Really? Is that possible someone else paints the same prophetic paintings I do? I think it was a form letter, and it just wasn’t the right fit. I saved it in my rejection letter file. Yes, I have one of those. Every writer/artist does. Just to wallpaper the bathroom with when we do finally get published.
So you ask, what will I do with my summer? First read. I have a stack of my favorite John Grisham novels to devour. Then I will read some of my author friend’s books. Next go to the Pleasanton County Fair, which I go to each year, as they have incredible art. Then I will paint a picture of something different, not just my Scripture art. Go to a Giants game, by train, with my bestie Anne. Buy wine and cheese and listen to the Friday night concerts in the park nearby my home. Write fun and whimsical blog posts that don’t have anything to do with my creative talents! Go on bike rides all over the Bay Area.
And hopefully, go to Paris, and write my final chapter, my afterword. It has been my dream to sit in a Parisian cafe and write. To see all the beautiful art and architecture of the city for writers and artists (and lover’s too!) Wouldn’t that be a dream come true? So I wait…
What are you doing this summer? Any great ideas for me? Thank you for supporting my blog and I hope you will enjoy my blog posts this summer….as I wait 🙂