I have just received notice that my poem has been selected for the Painted Words exhibit in Lawrence, Ks.
Poetry will be interpreted by Art. The artist has interpreted the poem and those interpretations will be displayed along with the reading of the poetry. I will read the poem and enjoy the reading of eleven other Kansas, District 2 Poets.
I am excited! The exhibit and reading will be on:
March 30th, 2018 Aimee’s Coffee House 1025 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Should be fun and all are invited!
(If you would like to read the poem I published it here in Nov. of 2016)
I have recently realized that I have the same problem as my protagonist. I sometimes get in God’s way. I want things to happen in my time instead of His. I have been struggling with waiting for results after sending about seven more query’s. I prayed about it and God very distinctly told me to be patient and wait and I am finding that very frustrating. I also had a strong feeling that I should have the manuscript content edited while I wait. I have had a hard time doing that. FEAR. Fear that my writing is not good enough. That there are things that I need to change. I have read about writers that had to write out characters and completely change the book and that is so hard to think about.
We get very attached to our characters and it is hard to look too closely. Everyone wants to believe that when the words just seem to fall onto the page that God is helping us write and it is meant to be. I had to let go and send it to a content editor today. I know there will be suggestions and in the long run it will make me a better writer. I know that it is part of the plan and I have to listen to my characters and have patience and let it happen God’s time and stop trying to control it.
The second book is being edited and maybe they will both be ready for publication by the time I get it figured out but that’s okay. I have to step back and let go of the control. I am looking forward to the critique of the editor and as soon as my line editor is finished with the second manuscript I will get it content edited as well and I am not afraid of the work that it will take to make it a better book. Bring it On!
In fact while I am waiting I might just start book 111!
I have been waiting for a publisher to contact me and one did. I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed because it was a “Partner Publisher.” I thought most of the publishers that received the list from Writers Edge were traditional publishing companies . I hope I will hear from others that are true traditional publishers.
The company is transparent, in that you know up-front that you pay for the services but, they want you to pay 30 percent on 1000 books for the first publication. I understand that it is a risk to completely pay an author for a book. I totally understand that they have to pay the people that do the leg work to market, edit, design and all of the other things that go into it, but I think that is a little steep. If I pay $3.00 a book I will invest $3,000 dollars in the first book and will have to sell all of them at full price to re-coup the money because I will only make 30 percent per book in royalties.
I am no math whiz but that seems like a poor investment. If you have used a partner publisher please share your experiences. At this point I thanked them and I am holding out for a more traditional route or I will publish myself and take my show on the road.
Where I have Been
Sadly I have not written since summer. It has gone so quickly that time slipped by.
I have been busy! About a month ago I sent my first manuscript to Writers Edge. A group that helps Christian Authors get their proposal out to Christian Publishers. They read and accepted my MG novel and gave me a few things to work on. I am encouraged by their words and hope to soon hear from a publisher or two. (fingers crossed) They send the list to 71 publishers.
I have also written the rough draft for the second book. I had written about three chapters and during November (NANO) I completed the general story. Now the work begins. I have started the re-writing and editing and so far I like what I have. I wrote a lot of dialogue and now I must work to make it appealing and add some depth.
I will take this opportunity to wish everyone who reads this a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.