Before I could get today’s post written, I got word that things were ready to go and December 8 would be the release day for the Kindle version. (The paperback will follow soon after.) Just four more days! Circle the date! Tell your friends!
(Not convinced? You can read the first 7 chapters to whet your appetite.)
You might think after going through the release process a number of times, it would get to be routine. Not so. Each book is different, and just as every pregnancy is different, each process of bringing a book into print is different, marked with unique challenges.
Here are the things that make me nervous:
This book starts a new series. The other books depend on this one.
It’s in first person. I’ve never written first person before.
The subject matter is difficult. Writing about things people have experienced always makes me anxious.
I started a part-time job in June, so time has been tight, and I don’t feel prepared for the release.
Here are some things that reassure me:
Initial feedback has been good.
I have you. You are tremendously loyal and supportive. I love writing for you. Thank you.
Now, I’ll let you in on a little case of life imitating art…
Three years ago, my husband entered seminary. He’s working on a master’s degree in Apologetics and Worldviews. His plan, and he believed God’s plan for him, was to teach once he retired. Then the preaching classes came. Two weeks ago, he announced to our church that felt the call of God to enter the ministry, and more specifically, the pastorate.
I don’t think it’s really a spoiler to tell you that in Touched, Donna wrestles quite a bit with Phil’s call and her own feelings of being inadequate for the job of pastor’s wife. God at least has a sense of irony, if not humor, at this 100% introvert being called to this particular ministry. Of course, God has proven faithful in every other adventure He has called us to, so I’m sure He will be in this one, too. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I’ll keep typing. Right now, I’m working on some backstory in preparation for the edits on the second Encounters book.
December 8. Don’t forget. 🙂