It would have been terrible if I had hit the red button on my phone and not taken the call from Daytona Beach, Florida. Too many calls from unknown callers have made me wary.
On a whim, however, I answered and recognized the voice of a publisher I met in St. Augustine at the Florida Book Festival.
She had just read my proposal for a middle grades novel, The Dragonfly Whisperer.
“I like this,” she said. “I like this a lot! It rings true. ” She was sending me a contract…
“You have made my Thanksgiving wonderful,” I told the kind lady, trying to be graceful but wanting to shout…
So, I hung up gently, and ran to Ken’s study. “They are going to publish my book!” I said as Ken’s smile and laughter lit the room.
I texted Kevin, Betsy, Jon, Jenny, facebooked my five sisters….and all my amazing helpers.
Then, I walked in the yard, among the crunching multi-colored leaves, and praised my Heavenly Father.
What a long trip writing this book had been.
As soon as I retired from teaching. I planned to write something for middle graders while the sparkle of school lingered in my mind.
Then one day I saw this beautiful blue dragonfly perched on the antenna of Kevin’s old Camaro that sits in our yard. The insect looked like he had a story to tell.
So, I researched dragonflies and made up a story about a boy named Flynn who struggles in school and learns from hard knocks how to belong.
From there, I set out on a journey in faith.
After outlining and roughing out a first copy:
I joined two Word Weavers critique groups at Google Hangouts and Cherokee Author’s Guild.
I hired a marketing coach
I put the book through three revisions.
I gave the manuscript to family and friends for critique.
I hired my friend to find and fix its mechanical errors.
I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference where I learned about Acts, Scenes, Turning Points….
I re-wrote the manuscript–again and again!
I attended the Florida Book Festival where I networked with a publisher.
I sent her a proposal….
Thank the Lord, I answered the phone when she called this morning.
And thank Him for all those who friends and family members who dipped their fingers, best wishes, and love into my project.
If it’s okay with y’all, I think I will just go ahead and yell,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!
As usual, God has been so good to me.