Surprises for Meghan’s Choice

Meghans ChoiceUntil last week, often I would feel that my novel, “Meghan’s Choice” would never be published. I wanted to give up. Sometimes I still feel that way. After all, with nine rejections (that felt like 90) in one year, it was difficult at times to not feel discouraged. But between March 2014 and May 2015, “Meghan’s Choice” was rejected nine times. Some of them really hurt, cutting like a knife. You can find those posts here on this blog. But I’m learning to get over those hurts as quickly as possible. And I’m wondering if the “rejection” pendulum is beginning to swing the other way. Click To Tweet That would be fabulous! #GodSurprises #NeverGiveUp #amwriting

St. Louis Arch

St. Louis Arch

Last year, I went to the ACFW national conference in St. Louis. I came away encouraged. After all, I was asked to submit book proposals (which is the best you can expect from an appointment at a conference) to two agents and three publishers. I had also entered my novel in three contests, two of which offered publishing packages if you won something.

One of my first surprises last week at the Blue Ridge Advanced Novelist Retreat was placing 3rd and 2nd in two of the three contests I entered. Wow! I talked about those placements in yesterday’s post: Never Give Up.

As a result of placing in the contests at Ridgecrest last week, an agent who had turned me down last year, asked for a re-submission. Wow! Well, technically, it’s the agent’s mom, but she’s an agent, too. That was the biggest surprise of all! I think I made her work for it in a series of emails, when finally she asked, “Why can’t you let us see your proposal again?” Why sure!

So, I’m feeling pretty good about things right now. What about you? Has God set you up for some pleasant surprises? Click to Tweet #GodSurprises #NeverGiveUp #amwriting Leave a comment and let me know.

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