When God gives us a talent for storytelling or writing, one of the most common comments we hear is “You should write a book.” For as long as I can remember, my goal has been just that. The stories inside my head are well thought out. I feel as if I have known the characters all of my life. I could pic any one of them and write you a complete bio right now. So when will you be able to read a book by Jenny McLeod Carlisle? Well, that is the $64,000 question.
It is not as if I haven’t been trying. I have submitted to contests, attended conferences, gotten valuable feedback. Joined writing groups, been critiqued by professionals and amateurs alike. I have been represented by an agent. Still,there is nothing you can download on your reading device, hold in your hand, have autographed at a local bookstore. So what is the problem?
Well, if you are on the same pathway, you know that this is not an easy road. There is an endless array of market research, suggestions for improvement, advice from every direction. Still, my stories are my stories. My journey to publication is not like anyone else’s.
Recently, I have been inspired to change direction. Perhaps what I am writing needs to be aimed at a different audience. Maybe the genre is Young Adult, rather than Contemporary Women’s Fiction. This opens new doors, but also necessitates new research. I will be reading more books, studying up on different agents, different publishers. And then, there is always the new and ever changing word of self publishing.
It’s all very daunting, but at the same time very exciting. Meanwhile, I am writing. I still have a monthly column in a print magazine, and I still love reaching out on this blog. I am developing an image, a presence. Hopefully, I am entertaining someone, inspiring someone, commiserating with someone. When the time comes, I may be someone’s favorite author. I trust completely in Jeremiah 29:11. God does have a plan for me. It’s a confusing road, but it’s my road. Here am I. Lord, send me.