I am running as fast as I can to catch up after the children's program this weekend, so I hope to get back to all the blog rounds later today.
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that this is a very important week for me.
My novel is going before the full pub committee at a major publisher. This is the meeting that will decide whether or not my novel receives a contract.
You know what's funny?
I am pretty calm about it, in many ways.
Jody Hedlund's example has been very helpful to me as I consider the two potential outcomes of this meeting.
Through Jody's transparent description of her own journey towards publication, I have learned that signing a multi-book contract will change a writer's life.
For those of us who are moms, that is a big, big deal.
Before signing a contract, we are free to stop writing for a while if we decide that we need to prioritize other parts of our lives. After signing a contract, we are professionals. We are employed by a publisher to write to certain deadlines.
Though, like most writers, I want to publish, the realization that my life will change substantially if I get a contract has given me great peace about the outcome of this publishing decision.
My prayer is always that I will get a book contract from this company if that would be good for me and for my family.
Some of you know that my first novel received some consideration from another major publisher, but did not make it all the way through to a contract.
In retrospect, I see that getting a contract for that first novel, at that time, would have been bad for me and for my work. I wasn't ready.
Now, I think I am ready. But only God knows whether I'm really ready, and whether this is the right time for me and my family.
For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, plans to give you a future and a hope.