It's easy to look at rejection - any rejection - as a huge downer. But it doesn't have to be that way. And, to be honest, the rejection letter I got a few days ago was likely one of the most encouraging emails I have received in a long time.Well, April was QUITE the busy month, both on and off the computer. But as I look at my list of goals for the month, I realize God placed my focus elsewhere. And that's okay.
He liked my manuscript. He thought it was "very strong." He said he was sure I wouldn't have any trouble making the right connection with it. The problem: he didn't have that "right connection"--none of the editors he was working with were looking for a book like mine. So, I move on and look expectantly for the agent/publisher who DOES. It's all in God's timing: right? And if you're wondering, I'm fine. Really.
ANYhow - my goals for April, direct from my last goals/progress post:
- Add 10,000 words to Handmaiden To A Princess
- Write at least four biblical fiction devos for the book
- At least four blog posts average a week
- Start putting together info for submitting Ailing Body, Nourished Soul to another agent if necessary
I got three Biblical fiction devos done (one short of the goal, but still good progress!), and with 17 posts in April, that's about as close to four posts a week as I can get. And I DID start agent research (but only after I got my rejection two days ago. If he'd sent it on the first day of May, there would have been a huge goose egg for this one as well), but am nowhere near done.
So, time to move forward - one step closer to the end of each of the projects God has put on my heart!
- Finish adding/deleting/tightening Handmaiden to a Princess
- Go through the Pike's Peak and Genesis scoring sheets for Handmaiden to a Princess, making fixes as needed
- Write at least four Biblical fiction devos for the book
- Four blog posts average a week
- Do extensive research on agents for Ailing Body, Nourished Soul - either have it sent out by June 1, or be super close to ready to do so.
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence