Part 2 of 'A Changed Path' post:
The day after my eye-opener from above, I began seriously pondering the prospect about how my story had the capacity to make a significant difference for others enduring similar circumstances such as mine. With that in mind, I sat down at the computer and re-read through my rough draft to make sure it centered on a main theme, made corrections, checked spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Before any doubt kicked in, I quickly submitted the manuscript electronically along with a prayer to my friend’s recommended publishing company.
I received a telephone call soon after and the woman at the other end explained my manuscript was now in a queue waiting for the acquisition department to decidee whether or not they would offer me a contract. She went on to explain the process could take up to three months. I was excited, but my anxious level was definitely more with a nagging unease swirling about in my head. So, to erase the negative uncertainty I decided to immerse my mind with something positive; my newly discovered writing itch that wouldn’t disappear. Here was a solution for pushing aside the darkness from my previous writing project, so I changed genre’ and began working on the idea of a fantasy. This venture was also an excellent diversion to tone down my impatience while waiting for a reply.
Two and a half months later while deep in writing my fantasy story, I was taken by surprise by an email from the publishing company. It was spot-on what ‘they’ say about how time flies when one is busy, because time certainly flew by. True to their word, the publishing company offered me a contract! Hence, I was so elated the tears began to flow. I recall that I wanted to shout the news to everyone, but pulled myself together and shared this joy with my most immediate family. My quiet life would soon be filled with decisions; editing, conceptual editing, back-matter, attaining a foreword from my pastor, getting an endorsement from someone familiar with abuse, working on re-writes, choosing a cover design, media-choices, and waiting for the final release. Along with the afore mentioned came valuable advice about becoming visible on the internet, so I taught myself how to join social networking sites, acquiring a place in advance so I could hold a book release event, plus purchasing party supplies. And I continued to wait with slightly improved patience, which is an achievement for me!
The constant waiting game continued even after the book was released, but it also gave me the chance to develop my characters for my low-fantasy. In addition I began ordering business cards, push cards, brochures, banners, and magnetic car banners along with increasing my visibility even more on the internet. When I finally held the actual book in my hands, I was over the top with excitement, but still having trouble grasping the concept that I was now a published author! I felt like I was giving birth to something new, since I was exploring a new frontier
with a new awareness of my sheer joy for writing.
After consideration, I came to the conclusion the lessons learned along the way. First, I learned that to produce a better product that I could be proud of meant writing about what I knew best. As an added point perhaps one should write about whatever it is that arouses the author the most. Though it may be difficult, be sure to include your heartfelt emotions into the story. And even though you may know your topic, exploration is essential. Researching the topic will truly benefit any story for the better.
Lastly, the best lesson learned was realizing the need for patience and calm during every delay. Take my word, there will be countless hours of waiting, so make time to be still and consider how best to spend your time during the wait. As human beings, we rush about daily, but inevitably, the discovery made is that we will always be waiting for something. We wait to pick up a child from school, we wait for the birth of a precious baby, we wait for the arrival of a loved one, we wait for the doctor’s prognosis, and we wait to say our final goodbye at our loved ones grave.
Yes, I continue to wait, aspiring for stillness within while I wait upon the Lord.
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him...”
Keep on smiling,
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.