Friday, October 31, 2008

My First Sale!

Even though this isn't my day to post, Christy graciously offered to let me blog and blabber about my great news. Yesterday I received the official word that my Scottish Medieval, Promised Blessings, sold to Abingdon Press. It was also my birthday and a wonderful present from God, or Daddy God as I sometimes call Him.

I have no idea if this title will change, but I plan to be as flexible as possible and will do whatever I can to help market it. Ideas are already swirling in my head. Also, I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions along the way.

This book almost didn't make it. You see, several years ago I wrote for the secular market and after a three-year struggle against God's will, I finally relented and declared I would only write for Him. I stopped writing completely and didn't write for three years. I became so discouraged I threw all my old manuscripts away and deleted my electronic files. I didn't know there was such a thing as Christian fiction. Someone at church prayed that God would give me the desire to write again.

A while after that, I was browsing in Borders in the religion section and found a Scottish Medieval, Embrace the Dawn, by Kathleen Morgan. I couldn't believe it! There was a Christian Scottish Medieval? Of course, at this point people were staring at me funny because I was jumping up and down, so excited and giddy to discover this wonderful gift.

I bought it and raced home to find my manuscript, which at that time was Promised Betrayal. I wanted to kick myself. I sifted through all my stacks of stuff, searched all the closets, hoping I'd missed a copy. I went through every computer file, every disk. I finally found an old copy on a floppy disk in Microsoft Word 95. It was now 2006. I couldn't get it to convert to the new version in its original format. I had to reformat it line-by-line. I spent the next year converting it to Christian fiction and revising it. In 2007 it placed second in the ACFW Genesis. And now, praise God, it has finally sold! I'm excited to be working with Abingdon!

Here is a blurb from my website:

Promised Blessings (Scotland, 1463)
Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie to honor a promise he's made to his dying father. While Akira's strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswerd questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate between their families.

Soon it becomes apparent that Akira's life is in danger. Bryce must look beyond his pain and seek the truth in his heart, while Akira must forgive, so that a simple promise can turn into God's bountiful blessings.

5 comments:

  1. Yaaaayyyy, Jenn! We're all so excited!!

    And by the way, I just went in and corrected yesterday's post. I had put 2009, when it's actually a 2010 release.

    We can't wait to hold it in our hands!!

    Missy

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  2. I'm so excited. And I just can't hide it . . .

    Okay, I'll stop singing :-) We're so proud of you, Jenn. WE knew it was gonna happen.

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  3. Jenn!! I am very excited for you.
    This is your day girl. Smile and enjoy.

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