Writing is an Act of Faith

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Goals for the New Year

As 2016 came to a close, I set a few goals for 2017. Not necessarily resolutions, but writing goals. And they were not overly lofty goals. Mostly just about fixing storylines in old manuscripts to get them ready to publish. And then in January, something happened. The publisher of my first novel emailed that he was going out of business. And if I wanted to keep my novel in print, I needed to get it published myself. I had a lot to do.

Deadlines Loomed

My rights reverted back to me on March 1, 2017. I scrambled. I had never indie-published a novel before. I have a great friend who has, so I leaned heavily on her, and on the advice of others who’d taken that path before. Not only did I want to get Lydia, Woman of Purple re-released, but I also wanted to release another novel based on a Biblical figure, Mary of Bethany. I had the manuscript nearly through final edits, I knew what I wanted my cover to look like, and I knew the basics of getting it published. I decided that March 1st would be a double book launch. But could I do it?

I edited. I called in favors. I purchased ISBNs. I formatted. I worked hard. I even built two devotional workbooks for my novels. And I prayed. A lot.

And God Listened

That’s the only way it happened. The Lord helped me in my time of need. He worked to get my cover art together just in time. He helped me get my final fixes in place before the last minute. The day arrived, and I scrambled. I got my Facebook event up and invited 500 friends. My Amazing Faith Quadruple Book Launch was now a thing.

And it all came together. Lydia, Woman of Purple and the Devotional Study Guide was available on amazon.com along with Her Most Precious Gift and that Devotional Study Guide. Was it easy? Nope. Was it perfect? Not even close. But it happened, and I give thanks to God for giving me the strength and the friends to get me through.

But Wait, There’s More!

What’s next? Well, I have two more children’s book in illustrations right now, and I hope to have them released soon. AND… my Little Black Dress spy novel is getting close, with at least two sequels and two prequels on its heels. I have faith that this is all going to happen. So it turns out that 2017 will be a big year. It already is.

Have any questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you. And if I can help you with your indie-publishing situation, please shoot me an email! I’ll help however I can.