Ever since I was a young lady or maybe a little girl (I can’t remember how long ago it was), I have love to write. I mainly write to escape my every day boring life. I never thought I would write before I teach. I knew it would take money to become a successful writer yet a few years back, I shared one of my stories with a friend and she encourage me to get it published. She always had faith in me and she has written several books before I have, but then it got hard. How do I find someone who is not a scam to publish my book? I began as a naive and trusting person. I thought I would look in my handy writers market guide book and look up publishers. I had big dreams that Bethany House would consider me, but they were not accepting submissions. In fact, most don’t without an agent. I have been told that writing is hard but looking for a publisher is harder. Not many will take on an unknown author.
I went to a prayer group and posted my prayer request. One of the admins suggested I try PublishAmerica. I wish I could have gone with my instinct, but I listened to her. At first I was excited when my first book was published until later in life I had found out who PublishAmerica really was– a scam publishing group. Of course, there will be those who will argue with me, but I have more than enough evidence to believe that they are. Not only that, but my first book is flawed–Lesson learned.
I am in a great writers group on facebook and met some wonderful people there! Without them, I think I would be lost. I needed a lot of advice and suggestions because I am new!
Isaiah42:16 states that God will lead blind Israel down unfamiliar paths and smooth out the rough places and I will tell you that the paths I have trodden down is unfamiliar to me: Looking for business to let me do book signings, trying to promote my books the best I can are things I have never done! Going into businesses and asking managers if I can do a book signing is unnerving! I really hate rejections! (Which is why you will never see my be anything like my deceased father– a salesman). Most of the time I had to depend on the leadings of the Holy Spirit. When I don’t, it does not work out. For my first book signing, I didn’t ask the Holy Spirit if I should do it in the library. I saw that someone else have done it and decided to ask if I can have a book signing in the library. Once again I had high hopes which ended up to be a flop! A friend told me that it is not about how many books you sell but promoting your book, but what is a book signing if you sign no books? Grant it I finally got featured in the paper.
I learn from my mistakes and I move on. To be honest, I am glad I did not sell many books since Marge is flawed. (Things I learn after that: You need an editor and a book cover design artist.)
Yes, I thought writing was easy until I read Slow Your Prose by James W. Lewis. I am finding that I am not really gifted with words. I just write what comes to me. It is easier to tell then to show. Writing sentences with “is” and ” “was:” “is easier than to write it differently. I hear this nagging voice that tells me I should give up, but I know that people will tell me not to.
My second book has been out since November and I have come across some “rough places” I have waited for several businesses to contact me (after I made follow up calls) and yet no word. I wanted to give up. However, I have seen the rough places slowly being smoothed out for me. I have a friend who suggested I try Berean Christian Bookstore and even though I had to go through another channel, I was able to get as far as the manager to at least have 3 of my books ordered and she would let me know when it comes.
God is good! He will work out all things for me as I continue to trust him to lead me down unfamiliar paths. Someday I will have someone edit my manuscript and design my book covers for me at low or no cost. Why? Because I believe God’s divine favor, that is why.