Saturday, February 20, 2010

To stay encamped or journey on

Numbers 9:19-23 describes how the children of Israel followed the Lord’s command on their journey through the wilderness by watching a cloud over the tabernacle.  When it moved, they set out on their journey, but when it stayed above the tabernacle, they stayed where they were. Verse 23 says: “At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord ….”

I want to follow the Lord’s “charge” in my life, too. My novel – Face From the Past, a Christian romantic suspense – is finally finished, and being published is my goal. What is he telling me to do now?

Well, he is definitely the God of surprises, because today he led me to start this blog. So, instead of staying “encamped” by doing my laundry and other household chores, I “journeyed on” and am finally (I hope) publishing my first post after spending hours wading though the technical details of creating a blog. 

I would like this space to be your space, too, where we share our successes and our failures, keep each other posted on what is happening to us now, and get advice from published authors, agents, and publishers who are willing to help us.

Some things I have done and will be doing to move in the “publication” direction are:

1.   I had my book edited by a very competent editor/teacher.

  1.  I am attending my first writer’s conference – the Florida Christian Writers Conference on March 3-7.

  1.  I have struggled through preparing a proposal, which in many ways was harder than writing the book itself, and have submitted it for critique to one publisher and one agent attending the conference.

  1. I have prepared a “pitch sheet”.

  1. From now until the day I leave, I will be reviewing the book looking for needed changes.

Now, it’s your turn…