This popped up in my FB memories today. Something I wrote four years ago this month. The manuscript that kept being rejected became The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck.
God brought me together with the right editor (
It didn’t happen the way I thought it would. It didn’t happen in the usual way. God took the “normal” order of things and made a glorious mess of it all.
So if you’re still waiting for that first “Yes” or you’re thinking there’s only one way it can be done, or you’re just not sure if you can handle one more rejection…just keep your eyes on Him. Stay true to what He is telling you. And if you aren’t sure what it is that He wants you to do, don’t you think it’s time you ask? And then just keep on building.
January 25, 2015
I received the most wonderful, personal rejection today. Honestly, it was wonderful. And frustrating and depressing, of course, but that’s not the agent’s fault…
I was told that I am ahead of my time. My novel, she said, echoes the sentiment of many Christian women, and Christian fiction authors. “Unfortunately,” she wrote, “the Christian market hasn’t gotten there yet.” In the next paragraph (Yes…paragraph!) she wrote, “And I’m afraid it is too Christian for the general market publishers too.” She went on to say that she is sure there is a publisher out there willing to take a chance, but that she doesn’t believe she is the right agent to find them.
Fair, honest, thoughtful, encouraging, and discouraging all at the same time.
I told you. I told you that this is what I was going to run into. Why can’t I just write something which fits in the mold? Just once?
I’m okay with this rejection. In fact, I loved this rejection – despite the fact that the agent and her agency were high on my list of dream agents.
The point is that Christian readers are ready for this book. And you know what? I think that non-Christian readers are ready for it too.
“If you build it, they will come.”
So I’ll keep building. Right now I’m standing alone in my