So, I didn’t finish my post on how Morris and I met. Forgive me!
I’ve been trying to polish the first three chapters of the novel to perfection, because I’m headed to my first writer’s conference this week–ACFW. For me the next step, to the traditional publishing process, is getting a literary agent. So, I’ll be pitching the novel to a couple agents and hoping that they ask me for proposals.
Initially, I was really nervous about facing rejection. But two things happened. First, I picked up a new freelance writing job that I didn’t even request. Second, I got AWESOME feedback from an author on the first twenty pages.
Now, this particular author has written over sixty books, and has more than two million copies of her books in print. The crazy thing is, I sent her a draft to critique back in July…but she couldn’t open the file. She reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked for me to resend the file.
But this time, I sent her the third draft rather than the first cringe-worthy July version. And she gave me great feedback and a huge boost of confidence.
Folks, these are miracles! Because another author reviewed the July draft, and her feedback was less than enthusiastic.
So you see, even in my shortcomings He’s kept me. And I’m THRILLED to see what comes of this conference.
Even if things don’t work out i.e. no one asks for my beautifully crafted proposal or editors aren’t chomping at the bit to give me a ridiculous advance and a ten-book deal.
I am 100 percent certain it’s because God has something different in mind. I actually wrote a post about dealing with rejection a few months ago, and I wanted to share it with you.
I used the example of an ex-boyfriend that dumped me, it was a God-ordaining dumping, though. Because He had something better in mind. Here’s the link: 3 Ways to Heal from the Hurt of Rejection
Could you pray for me? Here are my requests:
- Three Good Hair Days in a Row ( I know. I know. This IS vain, but my hair game affects me mentally. So, just pray for a sista.)
- That I Make Two New Friends Quickly (Networking is one of my least favorite things in the ENTIRE world. Btw, my new friend Jen has a great post on networking offline: here. )
- That my pitches and appointments go smoothly and are tear-free.
Oh yeah! Here’s my pitch for The Day Sonny Died.
It’s a contemporary novel that sheds light on the struggles young black men are facing in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Everywhere. Here’s a bit about the plot:
When three-year-old Sonny witnessed his father’s brutal murder, he didn’t know a curse haunting the men in his family was to blame. Constance Jackson, his grandmother, fights to keep Sonny from his father’s fate. But a reluctant grandmother’s gumption and prayers may not be the cure.
Thanks SO much for your prayers. I really appreciate it. Love, Simone