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I did it! I submitted my manuscript!

My eyes are burning, I can barely see the computer screen through my squinty eyes, and I can’t believe how late it is.

But it doesn’t matter.

I did it.

I submitted my manuscript to Writer’s Edge.

Big Christian publishers, such as Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Revell, and Tyndale, only accept manuscripts through agents.  Something I don’t have.  Yet.  But Writer’s Edge submits your work directly to those publishers and many more.  So now I’m waiting for the stampede to begin.  :)

If I get approved, that it.

I appreciate your prayers and emotional support!  This is where the sweat comes in, while I’m waiting on the tears or happy dance options.

I think the kids might very well be watching a movie tomorrow so I can rest.

If I ever get off this high cloud I’m on.  :)

Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Michele

My first blog post ever

Wow am I excited!  I’ve been scribbling away for years now, and I am finally ready to pursue publishing.  What have I written?  A Christian Zombie book.  Yep, you heard me correctly.

Christian.  Zombie.  Book.

Those of you who know me are probably laughing your heads off right about now.  Why?

Because I hate zombies.

Or anything scary.

The movie, Signs, with Mel Gibson, kept me awake for two weeks.  Two weeks.  My husband still makes fun of me since he says it wasn’t the least bit scary.  I beg to differ.

So, after a year of writing, rewriting, and editing, editing, editing, I asked my writers’ group to give it a once over, just in case I missed anything.  I knew I hadn’t; it was perfect, ingenious, divine–agents would be beating down my door to get their hands on this piece of perfection.  Ahem.  Apparently not the case.

I don’t know if you’ve written anything before, but the process is an exhilarating experience.  When I write, I float on a cloud of euphoria and marvel at the words streaming out of my fingertips into my keyboard.  God and I giggle a lot over what I’m writing.  Of course, He could be laughing at me…

Then I read it again and I’m like, “What the what?  Who wrote this crap?” and change everything a million times over again.

Then it is perfect.  (It really isn’t, but I think it is.) :)

I had spent one year on this puppy, and I knew, just knew, it was ready.  Sigh.  After my writers’ group made a million and one suggestions (I appreciate it SO much, guys, I do!) I revamped, rewrote, and re-edited.  NOW it is ready.  I think.

So this is my process.

I am going to submit it to The Writer’s Edge, a Christian publishing service who, after reviewing your work, will submit your book to a list of publishers you normally need an agent for.  The cost is 100 dollars. (www.writersedgeservice.com)

If that doesn’t work, I’m going to query a ton of agents.

If that doesn’t work, I’m going to beat down the doors (as in, electronically submit) to each and every publishing house I can find.

After that, self-publish on Createspace through Amazon.com.

Whew!  Even I’m tired after looking at that list!

But for now, I am getting ready for a writing class in Fort Wayne this Saturday.  And I’ll most likely be signing up for an editing class through Taylor University.

Ok, time for a nap.  Right after I complete that list.

Talk to you later! :)

Michele

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