Thursday, November 02, 2006

When God Opens A Door...

When God opens a door, He really flings it wide!

As you may or may not know, very small pool of faithful readers, I have recently decided to really pursue a writing career. It was half a decision of desperation (aka I don't really have any practical skills outside the creative realm) and half a decision of passion (I love to write and I've been told I'm pretty good at it).

When I started out on this venture, the first thing I did was pray. Good idea, I think. I asked God to slam shut the door of opportunity, so I wouldn't be laboring under any false pretenses or illusions of literary grandeur, if this is not something that He would have me do.

Cut to two weeks later, which brings us to today. I had my day off, which I of course spent writing and researching. I formulated an idea for a book (scary, large undertaking!) and wrote the first 1000 words. I have investigated markets in the Christian arena, and I had a very good feeling overall about the whole thing. I talked to my mum, and she felt the same.

And lo, and behold! I open up my e-mail this evening and find that the first article I ever submitted to a publication (first draft, probably a bad idea, but hey...) got accepted and is going to be published!! Now, it's a tiny publication about healing ministries, a little magazine produced by the Order of St. Luke. I wrote the article about praying for healing for my mother who had lupus, and the subsequent full healing she received from our gracious God. I will receive no compensation except for a few author's copies of the magazine, I believe. But my name will be in print, and I can use that as leverage for bigger things. Clips, as samples of your work are called, are essential for some of the larger markets.

This wonderful confirmation on the day I decide to undertake an entire book! Coincidence?

I know better.


Paul said...

Good for you! I have a paper that is probably about one revision away from being ready to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, but I just haven't gotten around to making the modifications suggested by my orienting professors. With your good example, maybe I'll get to it this weekend!

Freaky Dan said...

Its awesome that you got accepted on your first attempt! The rest of us, who suck, must write article after article until one gets plucked from the deluge. Ah to be Cassy....