Hi there, Shannihilators,
We’re twenty-three days into January 2019 and I’m thankful for the fresh new year, aren’t you?
But before we dive into what we’ve got planned for you in 2019, I want to take a minute to recap the blessings God provided in 2018 of our writing journey thus far...
Meet my amazing agent Tamela Hancock Murray. She works with the Steve Laube Agency and has been a great resource for me. When I finish an unpublished project, she is the one who submits the novel to the large publishing houses. Otherwise, my work would be trashed if I tried to send them an unsolicited manuscript. Tamela reads over my work in progress and my proposal then sends it off.
- Two new short stories published-set to release in 2019
- One of top three finalists in the ACFW Genesis Contest – didn’t win, but excited to be included.
- Published in Spark and Splickety magazine, as well as the Lightning Blog
- Monthly contributor for Jordyn Redwood’s Medical Edge blog
- Monthly contributor for Seriously Write blog
The ACFW conference was held this year at the beautiful Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. I was able to attend as one of the top three finalists in the Genesis Contest for my work in progress, Inked. This contest awards new authors for their unpublished works and often supplies them with some much-needed clout with publishing houses. Another amazing author took home first place and I was blessed to be able to meet her. The one thing the writing community has taught me is to celebrate and support all striving authors. We celebrate each other's successes even when we have to wait a little longer for ours.
There have been many writing and life lessons along the way that I plan to share in 2019 and hope they will inspire those of you still dreaming of being a published author. The progress is slower than I would like, but at least we keep inching forward, closer to a published novel!
On a lighter note, my husband bought us fishing kayaks for Christmas. They have been so much fun and now that we’re home, we are waiting for the weather to warm so we can take them out on the beautiful creeks and rivers of Western North Carolina. More to come on that. Take a look!
May the New Year bring you much joy and love as we continue into 2019!