I have no patience. Well, that isn’t the only reason but it does factor in… a little bit.
I began writing historical fiction ten years ago when I stumbled onto a fan fiction site called The Writing Desk. Fans of The Big Valley, a western television show from the 1960’s, this group played a big part in my start as a writer. The show was one of my favorite westerns. I was surprised to find fans had kept the spirit alive by writing and sharing short stories based on the show. At that time I’d written several short stories but never shared them. Folks at the Writing Desk encouraged me to share and gave me the confidence to seriously pursue my dream of writing.
After awhile I felt like I should be doing something more for the Lord. As a young adult I’d gone to Bible College and participated in programs to reach others for Christ. As an old married woman with three kids living in the Bible belt I really wasn’t doing much to spread the Word. I believe the Lord was leading me to write for Him.
Though I’ve been to a Bible College I’m no Bible scholar. I can’t see myself writing dissertations on scripture. Then I discovered inspirational Christian fiction. Who knew there were so many authors out there sharing their faith through romances. Women love romances!
I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and quickly learned I had a lot to learn. (still do) but the members there are so willing to help and encourage. It’s a great place for inspiring writers who want to serve God.
The road to publication is long. Unless you have an agent there are only a few publishing houses that will consider looking at your work. It’s not easy. Dozens and dozens of queries go out, most with no response and some with very interesting ones. I will make that subject a post of its own.
I did catch an agent’s eye and had two stories sent to editors that seemed very interested, asking for revisions. After sending revisions on both books (they really were helpful and strengthened the stories) I waited months and months. It’s acceptable to give the editor a nudge after a certain amount of time, which I did with no response. I’m only getting older here!
Two authors that I’ve grown close to during my journey to publication asked me to work with them on a trilogy. It’s been so fun to create with these two talented authors. Both self publish and do very well.
I decided to follow in their footsteps. Just dipping my toe in the water at first I finally took the plunge. The first story that I ever wrote went up on Kindle on May 4th. It hit the number two spot on inspirational historical fiction and has stayed there, or close for over two weeks. The number of sales each day still astonishes me.