We writers are drilling down on almost 1 week before our big conference gathering! Are you excited? You should be!!! I'll be hosting GIVEAWAYS on my Facebook page all week long to celebrate. And you can follow our footsteps as we travel through the world of all things writerly. And it's fun to see who we run into. Last year I photobombed Frank Peretti. Actually, I asked permission to get a pic with him while inwardly melting in the presence of literary greatness.
Meanwhile...as we await our leaving for St. Louis, I am pressing "send" on my book. YES! It is FINISHED!! The battle is over ... to write it, that is. So what does this mean?
Pressing "send" is Step 432 in the book writing process. It will be delivered to my agent's inbox at which point she may read it if she has time or she may just peruse my accompanying proposal. Then she will strategize what publishers might want to take a bite and she'll start pitching it. Then the waiting game begins.
DID YOU KNOW? that it could take years before a written and agented book actually gets signed to be published? (and no promises it ever will)
DID YOU KNOW? if said book is contracted, it typically takes at least 1 year from contract signing to publication date? Maybe less if everyone rushes, maybe more if there's a marketing strategy that makes a particular date especially better.
DID YOU KNOW? this is why writers drink coffee? To survive. It's a waiting game. But a fun one, if you have the right perspective. Because God's got this. My writing a book to sit in cyberland for the potential of months and years is not a waste of time. It was a great lesson in dedication and realizing that you really DO need the Lord's input when trying to piece a book together in five months.
So that's where I'm at this week. Going to press "send" here in a bit. Breathe a prayer over it with me...
What big things in life do you anticipate with hope?