Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction--July 22, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction
July 22, 2013
I always kept all my sold/rejected records in folders with a hard copy of my manuscript. A few years back a friend talked me into putting everything on CD, which I did, and also threw away the paper records. Then my computer crashed, so for months I’ve hesitated to send out reprints as I couldn’t remember who all I had sent them to. So the last few days I’ve been reconstructing all my records. Have gotten to the “Ns.” Only problem: I had copied a huge bunch of manuscripts from Documents to a CD, and then couldn’t find the CD. Put out a prayer request on Facebook last night, and during the night I woke up and remembered that I had copied that CD onto a flash drive. Found it! Hopefully can finish up within the next two days, then can start a 400-page editing job and a 144-page proofreading job before starting to send out reprints.
Had a really good sermon in church this morning from our children’s minister who admitted she was fighting a spiritual battle. She talked about Joshua facing the wall of Jericho (Joshua 5:13-15). A few notes:
·         Joshua thought he could fix it himself. Instead of looking up, he looked inside.
·         He forgot that God was the Commander-in-Chief. It was His battle, not Joshua’s.
·         We build up a wall of doubt and discouragement.
·         No one could go in or out of Jericho. When we have a wall up, we don’t let anyone in or out. Share our battles as well as our victories.
·         The march around the wall didn’t bring the victory; their faith did.
·         What is the Jericho in your life today? Are you letting God fight your battle for you?
·         There’s no limit to what God can do if we surrender everything to Him.
Thought for the Day:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
— Langston Hughes
Laugh for Today:
1. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
2. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop anytime.
3. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
4. Velcro—what a rip off!
5. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
Writer’s Tips:
Are you discouraged over rejection letters you’ve received? (Our group calls them “pre-acceptances.) Perhaps the following will encourage you.
·         About 15 years ago I put together 7 booklets on various aspects of writing from workshops I taught over the years: poetry, devotional writing, marketing, personal experiences, writing your first book, how to get started, and starting and running a Christian writers’ club. Tried for years to sell these booklets with no luck. Eventually I put them all into a book, along with other material, and this sold as A Step in the Write Direction—the Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers.
·         I sent my Advent devotional book Preparing Your Heart for Christmas to 11 publishers over a period of 3 years. It sold in November 2012 and came out for Christmas that year—both in printed form and in e-book.
·         I put together a joke-a-day perpetual calendar and submitted it 13 times without a sale. Then I put it in book form and sold it to a publisher a couple of months ago.
·         I sent out my Rhyme-Time Bible Stories to 15 publishers over a period of 2 years, and sold it to the above publisher at the beginning of this year.
·         I sent The Freedom of Letting Go to at least 7 or 8 publishers before it was picked up last year by a publisher. (The reason some rejected it was the reason this particular publisher liked it!)
·         I put out a 30-page booklet on “Letting Go of Grief” which never sold. This became the opening chapter in my Letting Go book.
·         I have two gift books for friends and mothers I’ve sent out at least 13 times. The last time I sent them snail mail to a publisher that I read in Christian Retailing was now beginning a gift and devotional book line. The editor wrote and asked me to send them email so she could present them to a committee where they are now.
Lessons I’ve Learned:
·         They’re not rejecting YOU, just your manuscript. This doesn’t mean it isn’t well-written; just that it doesn’t fit their readership or they’re not accepting manuscripts at the present. If they tell you this, feel free to re-submit it in six months or so.
·         Check The Christian Communicator, the Christian Writer’s Market Guide, or the publishers’ web sites to see if there’s a change in editors. What doesn’t appeal to one editor may appeal to a new one.
·         Look for new publishers. Often they’re more willing to take on an unknown author.
·         Change the format as I did with the writing booklets, the joke book, and the grief booklet, and most importantly,
·         KEEP TRYING!
Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page!
Donna Clark Goodrich
  "A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"

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