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My Good News

Drum roll please…

At the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference this past weekend, I met with both an editor and an agent and pitched three of my novels to them.

I’ve got good news and bad-ish news.

The editor gave me her contact info and wants to see my work!

Happy DANCE!!!  :)

She had judged part of Zombie Takeover for the IFWC contest, loved the story, and wanted to know where it was going and how it ended.

After a beautiful discussion, she didn’t know if she could sell my zombie story with the current Christian market, so she encouraged me to take it to another publishing house she thought would fit my manuscript much better.

She asked to see Lady Assassin and was intrigued by Wisdom and Folly until I told her I had been posting it chapter-by-chapter on my website.

Unless I pull it, completely rewrite it, and post no further chapters, no publishing house will look at a work that has been posted freely for anyone to read.

I have prayed and searched my intentions, and I’m certain God wanted me to post it.  Free.  For anyone to read.

Reaching one person with the boundlessness of His love is worth never making a dime on Wisdom and Folly.

God gave it to me.  It’s His story, not mine.

But if He wants me to change what I’m doing–focus on publishing it instead of posting it–I want to know.

So I’m waiting on Him.  (And seeking advice!)

I digress.

The agent.

I pretty much bombed that pitch session.  I’ve been trying not to beat myself up over it.  It is what it is.  God knows what I need, and He’ll do what’s best for me, even if it’s not what I want.

She kindly listened to my lame pitch.  The zombie story interested her (the other two did not) but she said the same thing the editor did.

She didn’t know where she could take it that’s accepting zombie stories in today’s market.

She gave me some awesome tips, wrote down a couple of YA novels to read that had made it big in the Christian fantasy genre, and gave me the names of publishing houses that accept “out there” stories, no agent necessary.

She gave me her card–probably cause I was staring longingly at it–and told me to contact her when I write another book.

Not exactly how I pictured that meeting ending, but I am trying so hard to focus on the positive, not the negative of not getting signed.

So, I will let you know what the editor thinks of my work!  And if any of the publishing houses they both suggested are interested in my stories!

Oh yes!  I also handed Zombie Takeover to Dr. Dennis E. Hensley to be professionally edited.

I want the publishing houses to see my best work, polished, refined, plot holes destroyed, and singing “pick me!”  :)

I also have contacted (a while ago now) a magnificent artist on deviantART to design a cover for me if I decide to self-publish.

And oh, the conference was too wonderful for words.

I plan on going next year with another manuscript, pitch perfected, ready to snag an agent (if I don’t already have one by then!)

That’s my story so far on this incredibly long road to being published.

I have submitted my manuscript to Enclave Publishing–formerly Marcher Lord Press–and am trying to stay busy these eight, long weeks of waiting for their response.

I’ve got decisions to make, more queries and proposals to send, and I’m going to wait patiently on the Lord!

He has given me this dream–I will do my part then wait for Him to bring it to pass!

Love and hugs to you all–thank you for sharing this spectacular journey with me.

God bless!

In Him,

Michele

Update on the Craziness Known as My Life

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Where have my blog posts been, you may ask?  Lost amid the swarm of writing contests, book proposals, and Wisdom and Folly chapters.

Don’t I need to write consistent blog posts?  Why, yes, I do.

What am I going to do about it?  I set an obnoxious alarm on my phone so it will buzz like crazy every Sunday evening after my boys are in bed.

I’ve, ahem, ignored it the last two weeks, but no longer!

So here you go–my weekly Sunday evening blog post!  :)

My first exciting news of the evening is…drum roll please…

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference  (faithandwriting.com)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to the first writing conference of my life, and I am so stinkin’ excited!

Located on the campus of Anderson University, it is October 31st through November 1st, and there are so many intriguing workshops and speakers.

I will most definitely let you know how it is!

Indiana Faith and Writing Contest  (ifwc.submittable.com/submit)

I have also entered the first few chapters of Zombie Takeover into their writing contest.  Winner gets free admission to next year’s conference as well as a cash prize.  Shannon Marchese, Senior Editor of Fiction for WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House, is the fiction judge, and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it!  I encourage you to enter if you plan on attending IFWC.

Crowdscribed.com’s Writing Contest with Jerry B. Jenkins  (www.crowdscribed.com/challenges/73)

I have to admit I’m a little bit bummed that I haven’t heard back from the CrowdScribed contest yet.  I have finally stopped checking the results daily.  As of today, the entries are still under review.  Then again, that means I’ve still got a chance!  :)  Thank you for all of your votes!

Writer’s Edge  (www.writersedgeservice.com)

Quick recap–Writer’s Edge is the submission service that, once your manuscript is accepted, sends a book list to a plethora of publishing houses that require agents.  Although my manuscript was accepted by them, I have yet to hear from any publishing houses or acquisition editors.  Believe me, you will know the minute I know anything!  Praying for patience…  (And that my manuscript will find itself in the right hands soon!)

Operation First Novel:  Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Guild Writing Contest  (www.christianwritersguild.com/contest/)

This is on my to-do list.  Big time.  Like the title suggests, this contest is for a novelist who hasn’t been published yet.  I will most definitely be entering if I do not hear from CrowdScribed soon.  Winner also gets their book published.

Editing Class/Writing Certificate through Taylor University  (online.taylor.edu/degrees/aa/professional-writing-certificate.shtml)

I have decided to wait until Wisdom and Folly is complete to work toward my writing certificate.  My number one priority is my boys, and, believe me, when they are in school I will be able to devote much more time to perfecting my craft.  I can’t wait to take that editing class!  I’ve already got the textbooks, I’m that excited!

Writing Classes  (www.acfw.com)  (www.christianwritersguild.com)

I have, however, been taking online classes through the Christian Writer’s Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers.  Classes are included in membership, and I have learned so much!  Also, The Guild offers the one-hour classes to non-members for $10 each, if that interests you at all.

Book Proposal  (www.rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-book-proposal/)  (honestediting.com)

I’m just gonna say, the blasted thing is as done as it’s going be until I hear from an editor requesting one.  It is as filled out as I can make it without crying!  Lol.

Is your head spinning yet?  Mine most definitely is!

Please pray that I use my precious time wisely, that my manuscript finds the right publishing house soon, and that I glorify God in absolutely everything I do!

Whew.  I just feel better knowing you have my back.

Night!

In Him,

Michele

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