Two years ago this week I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon. There I met my then-to-be-publisher Miralee Ferrell, of Mountain Brook Ink and agreed to write a three-book series—a happy ending to a long journey of attending conferences and seeking publishing houses.
This week I will again attend the conference, bringing with me two of the three books I’ve written and released, An Anchor on Her Heart and Love Calls Her Home, as well as a sample copy of the third book, A Kite on the Wind, which will release in October.
How different going to this conference will be. I’m not going to seek a publisher, I have an agent, and instead of attending classes to learn some secret I needed in hopes of connecting with a publisher or an editor, I take classes solely to learn how I can improve future stories.
I will catch up with friends I’ve made at these conferences over the years and I will cheer on new authors coming up in the ranks. It is satisfying to know that I’ve joined others who made writing a priority and stayed with it until I could claim a spot in the publishing circle. The trek has been long and arduous, but the end is gratifying.
I give all the praise and glory to the One who called me to write. Without Him speaking to my heart I might never have crossed the finish line.
Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Until next time. . .