What’s in the Middle of Pride? (part 2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by. If this is your first time, you may want to check yesterday’s blog because this is part two. Grab your coffee and come on in. What I’m going to share with you today isn’t quite so painful. I think this is a reminder that we all need rather consistently and it has to do with timing and patience. 🙂

As some of you know, we are going on two years now that my first novel of the “Destination? Joyful!” trilogy, “The Men in and out of Her Life,” has been in New York knocking on the doors of various agents/publishers for representation. I’ve been told by so many people in the writing/publishing industry that everything we have gone through up to now is totally normal, nothing extraordinary about it.

For the most part, I’ve been pretty strong in my faithing through this waiting game. I mean, after all, He has led us to and through a myriad of other things: Blogging, Blog Talk Radio, workshops, marketing for the newly-published book “Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power, A Cup of Encouragement for the Day,” book signings for that book, and of course work a couple of days a week. And in the midst of all of that, believe it or not, He has led us to incorporating CPM (Chicklit Power Ministries) and that has been a lot of paperwork.

So I haven’t really been focusing on the rejects. In fact, every one of our rejects (four of them) have been incredibly encouraging where the agent has actually read the entire manuscript, enjoyed it but passed on it because they don’t do women’s fiction. Now why they were chosen, I have no idea. Could it be He wanted to speak through the book to them? I’m not going to dwell on that thought too long either at the risk of sounding prideful. 🙂

Anyway, the last reject letter from Kimberley Cameron said something that I’ll probably hang on to for a long time, and that is: “You write with such beautiful emotional depth . . .” and she went on to encourage me not to give up and she believes that there is a home for this book out there.

I’ll admit, I was in a tough place for about an hour after getting her email, and then I heard the words, “die to self,” and I was reminded, it’s not my book; nor is it about my timing, but it’s all His. The next morning in my quiet time — cuz that’s when He speaks the loudest, when I’m my quietest! 🙂 — I received further confirmation through my Joyce Meyers devotional which was based on the scripture in James 5:7, which confirms that impatience is a root of pride. 🙁 Yikes!

Well all of this has given me the boost I needed to query other agents without the help of our editor. That process has been crazy overwhelming because every agent wants it done differently. Last week I queried six and a half. What I mean is the seventh is a biggie! 🙂 I’ve got about 12 hours invested and have about 12 more to go. (Incidentally, one of the six has already rejected and one has requested to see the entire manuscript!)

Anyway, the query that I’m currently working on is for a huge agency, one that has worked with two of my favorite authors, Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers! This query/proposal has been good for me because it’s caused me to stop and not treat it as just another thing on my long list of “to-dos.” I’m taking my time and praying over every step, because there’s no way I can, nor do I want to, do this without Him. In fact, I really want to do this unto Him. I have to keep ignoring the voices that say “You’re not good enough,” and I’m getting better at ignoring them because the truth is, I don’t have to be good enough; it’s not about me! 🙂

I’m learning to slow down and patiently do each thing required in this book proposal the very best that I can and not try and multi-task and accomplish anything else while I’m doing it. It’s like working on a thesis and this is my assignment and thereafter, I get to wait on Him because if I get at all impatient, then pride enters the picture and suddenly I make it about me, because what’s in the middle of pride? I, I, I, I, I . . .

So, would you stay strong with me in your support as we continue to look for an agent to get the first book out? Somewhere, someone wants a book written with beautiful emotional depth, a book that will resonate in women’s hearts the truth that we can be free from our “Old Testament” life and wrong choices by embracing a “New Testament” attitude.

Joyfully and patiently,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

P.S., Join us tomorrow for coffee hour and for more of Chapter 3! 🙂

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9 Responses to “What’s in the Middle of Pride? (part 2) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Sherrie says:

    Hello my dear friend, The prayer will continue for God to get this book published on His great timing and not before as His timing is ALWAYS perfect.
    Loving hugs,
    Sherrie

  2. Evinda, we are praying for you, and we can feel your enthusiasm. We’ve just submitted our first non-fiction proposal to an agent we met at a writer’s conference. She’s had it for a month, and we don’t know what will happen. She wrote last week and said that she hasn’t forgotten about it and will be in touch this week. As you can imagine, we’re checking every email with the eager anticipation of a kindergartener on her first day.

    Our prayer for you is that there will blessing in the journey, and that when your book hits the shelves, you will rejoice that it happened exactly the way God planned it.

    Be blessed!

  3. Jan Bachelor says:

    I totally agree with Sherrie. This is all unto Him and He has just the perfect place He intends for the book to be accepted and a blessing. I never cease to pray for CPM and all its’ need met!
    Blessings of Love and Success, Nanny=Mom

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