Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anne's BIG BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Winner of Friday's Where Treetops Glisten giveaway: BONNIE ROOF

I'm speechless. Oh, wait, I had this moment memorized...where are my notes??
{big breath in, quiver, quiver}
A person can go nuts overthinking things...but I've pledged not to worry, and to let God lead...


I just signed with literary agent, Sarah Freese!!!!!!



Representation of a writer's work by a literary agent is akin to selling your house with a real estate agent---you have to be ready to sell, and the agent acts as intermediary on many levels.

I've been writing novels since 1999. This summer I was in the midst of novel number three and my life got so crazy I thought I'd never finish. My youngest was graduating, I was just off of deep open house planning, and my work partner took off for major surgery for a month. A close family member got sick, my daughters brakes went out, and we had several deaths close in a row. I was working 50 hour work weeks. My crit partners prayed for me behind the scenes and spoke softly about goals, secretly wondering if I'd just give up my goal to finish.

I mention none of this to break my arm patting my own back. Oh no. NO. Never. But only to give ultimate glory to God. It was like having the clouds part after a terrible storm, and suddenly the words just poured onto the page. THE END. It was finished, and I was stunned. My life swirled around me this summer and at the most intense tumult, the voice of God whispered----I'm not in the storm....I am in the still small voice...I am in you.

I showed up at ACFW not even knowing my pitch yet, but my story was in my heart. And sister Halee walked me through melt down as I finally stopped to realize the rush of the previous six months I'd scarcely had a chance to process emotionally or spiritually. My sweet husband is like Radar, he called at the perfect time for a pep talk right before I had to pitch. And suddenly the pitch was ready and I was on!

I'd asked for 2 agent appointments, and I was given 4--Sarah Freese was #4!!

Talking with Sarah is like having coffee with one of my sister chucks, Jaime Wright, Laurie Tomlinson, Halee Matthews, Kara Isaac, and Sarah Varland. I'm thrilled to be represented by you, Sarah! This is going to be great fun! Besides, how can you go wrong with the sweetest sweetheart on ACFW planet, Casey Herringshaw, is your new liaison! 

The thing is---
when you didn't do it by yourself in the first place--you've got nothing to lose!



My theme has been, and will be, Jamie Grace's "You lead, I'll follow": 
{it even came on the radio tonight on the way home before I signed!}



So, what's next?
My proposal goes out to publishing houses, and then...
you wait and let God lead...
...and get busy editing!
Sincere thanks to everyone who's influenced me along the way, there are many!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Represented by Sarah Freese, WordServe Literary!

56 comments:

  1. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Coolest post you ever wrote, Anne-Girl

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    1. Soooo fun, Jaime!!! Just think of all those times we wished, and prayed.... :)

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  2. Congratulations, Anne. I had to come over and celebrate with you! So excited!

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    1. Oh Regina! Thanks for coming over. So fun!

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  3. Congrats! Love that Jamie Grace song too! So inspiring! Write on, girl!!!

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  4. I can't tell you how thrilled I am for you, dear Anne!! I KNEW it would happen - continuing to pray for you, can't wait to see/read that first beautiful published book!! Congrats!!

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    1. Bonnie, you have been such a loyal supporter. I've so enjoyed getting to know you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers, they mean so much! :)

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  5. I have the shivers, Anne!! I'm soooo excited for you!! Yay!!! I can't wait to see all God has planned for your writing!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  6. Congratulations. Hard work and prayer pay off big time. I want an autographed copy of that first novel!

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    1. You've been a loyal and faithful commenter here at CCC, Gail!! I sure hope you get that chance some day! :)

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  7. Congrats to yr friend Jill. ..u r indeed "rejoicing with those who rejoice" ♡jjf

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    1. Juliana, great to meet you here and have you rejoice with me! :)

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  8. What a testimony of God's faithfulness! SO happy I've had a front row seat to watch this unfold. You guys will make an amazing partnership for a bright career! Eeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! I can't stop smiling!

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    1. Laurie, I wish you were here to hug and do a happy dance with! You have been an incredible cheerleader and amazing dear friend. I've been blessed beyond words as we dreamed up this story! from my humble heart to yours--thank you! :)

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS Anne!! This is so exciting!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! You had an influence in this too you know!? Mumford & Sons---need I say more? :)

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  10. I love how you wrote "when you didn't do it by yourself in the first place, you've got nothing to lose" Love that nugget of wisdom. Congrats again!

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    1. Thanks for sharing in the fun here today Preslaysa!! :)

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  11. Congrats Anne! I'm so excited for you!

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    1. What a fun time of joy to spread around to everyone! :)

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  12. Ahhh!!!!! Yay!!!!!! You should have heard my squeal. :) So excited for you, Anne! Your journey is a testimony to so many. The further I go on this journey, the more I hear aspiring authors say: "I'll get to my writing dream when: my children grow, I retire, my life settles down, etc." But seeing the dream become a reality only happens to those who say: "I'll work through the craziness that is my life, and trust God with the outcome." Congratulations! Sarah is a lucky agent! :)

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    1. Gabe, you were a big part in my journey toward faithfulness along the journey. You have contributed much with your warm genuine smile and encouragement along the way. Thank you for taking time to give me feed back, I've had so much richness from my ACFW friendships--yours included! :)

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  13. YAY!!! Oh my word that is so exciting!! What an awesome blessing. :)

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    1. Yay, Susan! Thank you for having virtual coffee with us here at CCC so often! I hope you've enjoyed the journey with us! :)

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  14. Eee!! I am SO happy for you and the fact that I have the chance to work with you here at Wordserve. We're THRILLED that we got you, Anne. And I can't wait for the day that a book contract lands on my desk with your name on it. :)

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    1. I heard Anne's squeal from Wisconsin when she got your note on the contract, Casey! :) :) You're such a blessing!!

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    2. EEEeeeee! Casey! I'm can't wipe this silly grin off my face! From the moment I read your first blog, to the moment I met you at ACFW--I knew in my heart you were a special person! I can't wait to see what happens! And yes, I took pictures pulling the contract out of the mailing package and my girl-pack was getting play by play commentary!

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  15. Thrilled for you, Anne! And thrilled dear Casey H. is a part of this, too! Since I've had a chance to read some of your writing, future readers are in for SUCH a treat! I don't say that lightly. Blessings on you and your fine work!

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    1. Ah, Laura, you are so kindred and kind. I've been truly blessed to have your encouragement. From the moment I read your work, to the times when I see your pins on Pinterest and "just know" that one is going to be a Laura pin--and I know--because I would pin it too---I've been blessed to call you friend. Thank you for celebrating with me today! :)

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  16. Wooooohoo! So happy for you, Anne. And honored that I got the chance to be a shoulder for you at the conference. This is just one of the first steps on an incredible journey, and I can't wait to watch it unfold. (And I promise not to let you overthink it.)

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    1. You've no earthly clue what that did for me. You know I'm really not a melt-down type girl. But sometimes the waves just overcome you, and you threw me a lifesaver! :)

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  17. Congrats, Anne!! It was so fun getting to chat with you this year at ACFW. I'm soooo glad you have such good news. Only good things coming your way... :)

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    1. Thank you Lindsay! Its been fun getting to know so many wonderful ladies like yourself at ACFW and beyond. Now, perhaps you'll have an announcement on the horizon!? ;)

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  18. Yay, Anne!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Enjoy every minute.

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    1. Sweet Sarah Sundin! Thank you tons for all the fun encouragement you've spilled over on our little group of newbies last year at ACFW Indy! I really enjoyed connecting. Write on, sister! ;)

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  19. Anne, congratulations!! I'm so proud for you and of you ... and I know God is, too. :)

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    1. Thank you, Shelli!! Thanks for joining in the celebration today! :)

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  20. Yay, Anne!! I'm so happy for you. What a beautiful testimony of God's ability to accomplish His ends, even in the midst of our tumult. God bless!

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    1. Yay, Becky! Yes, and those who know me closely and well know that I'm not a fan of drama. But it vaguely reminds me of Gideon--how God had to reduce his army and strength in order to increase reliance on God and assure Gideon of who was really in charge. It's then that surrender is sweet. Thanks for celebrating with us today! ;)

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  22. Yikes! The Unknown above was me...don't know how I got signed out...

    Anyway! YAYAYAY!!! I'm so excited for you, and so happy! WordServe is a wonderful agency, and I think you will love it there!

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    1. Yayyyy!!! Erica!!! Hugs! Thank you so much for your encouragement and mentoring. I've had so much fun getting to know you better this year. I love that we are suckers for anything vintage! ;) It's going to be a fun year!

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  23. Anne! So thrilled for you! This is WONDERFUL news!!!!!

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    1. Cara, thank you for all you do for beginners! I still remember my first Indiana ACFW meeting when I was invited by a friend and your smiling, inviting character. That was 2008 I think. :)

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  24. So happy for you, Anne! HaPpY dAnCe!

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    1. Oh, me too, still happy dancing!! Hugs and much thanks. You've been such an encourager! :)

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  25. Yayyyyy!!!! Congratulations, Anne!!! At ACFW, I had a gut feeling this sort of announcement was coming soon for you, and oh how I love being right! :)

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    1. Sarah!!!! Happy Dance!! Thank you for your friendship and for celebrating with me! :)

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  26. Congratulations, Anne!!! Enjoy the thrill.

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  27. Phew! Finally made it here! Congratulations dear Anne-girl. This is so truly deserved and I can't wait until your work gets its wings onto editors' desks and you get to join the rest of us gnawing our fingernails and obsessively refreshing our inbox ;-)

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    1. Yayyyy! Kara, thank you for all your help and classic Kara-style brutally honest crits! We all sharpen each other and hold each other up. Let the next phase begin! :)

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