Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Journey - The Celebration Continues

Mindy here, thinking back to a balmy July day in 2006 when I first met Jennifer Hudson Taylor at an RWA conference in Atlanta. In reality, I had "met" her online in previous months. But that summer, Jennifer, Angie, and I were roommates, learning things about each other that only women can :-)

Jenn had recently made the shift from writing for the secular market to the Christian market. Since then, I've watched her struggle to find to the right agent, enjoy the bliss of a double Genesis final, and subsequent win, and shout for joy the day she got THE CALL.

Each step was a part of her journey. And every writer--every person--has a journey. Most are filled with hills and valleys. Rejections, contest finals, more rejection . . .

So what defines your journey? The peaks? The valleys? What did you learn? How did you overcome?

Don't forget, there's a drawing at the end of the week for your very own copy of Highland Blessings. And I hope you'll stop by my personal blog, Divine Imagination. This week's author interview is with our very own Missy Tippens!
Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. I think the interesting key to my journey is writing despite all the challenges of every day life AND finding the nugget of the story that makes it complete. My story didn't start off being about a little boy with a blood disorder, but I believe the Lord has other ideas and led me through my research. The story didn't come together until I had found that one nugget.

  2. Mindy, I remember that conference! Getting to know each of you better. So fun!

    Mine has been a looong journey! :) In fact, I used to promise my kids a swing set with my first advance if they'd let me write. And by the time I made that sale, my oldest was about to graduate from high school! :)

    Lots of highs, lots of lows. But I guess I was just too stubborn to quit. And I have to say, every down has been so worth the ups! There's just nothing like getting The Call.

    I'm excited to be celebrating Jenn's release this week!

  3. Hi Mindy:

    About Marketing:

    If the readers of this blog don’t win a copy of Highland Blessings, I suggest they order it from Jennifer’s website. I did and the book came with nice personal comments, autographed of course, book marks, a nice personal note on really beautiful Highland Blessings stationery, and a post card.

    My wife read the note and said, “Do you know this woman?”

    Now, that’s marketing!

    Maybe Jennifer will show a photo of her stationery. It’s really first class.


  4. Christy, I've noticed that same pattern - that God usually has different ideas than me. And His are always way better :-) No One can make a plan come together like He can.

  5. Missy, that is too funny about the swingset. But I am curious what you did/gave them instead.

  6. Alright, Vince, you've piqued my interest. I may have to order a copy from Jenn's website just so I can see what all your talking about. You can never go wrong with a personal touch.

  7. Oh, how cool! Thanks for telling us about that, Vince. I didn't know Jennifer was doing all that. Great idea!

    And Mindy, my daughter teased that she still wanted that swing set--even though she was about 10 and almost as tall as I was. :) What I ended up doing was taking them out to The Melting Pot when I got my first significant royalty check. :) They'd waited ten years already, so they'd grown pretty patient by then. LOL

  8. I also remember that conference. Salt and light, remember Mindy?
    Like Missy my journey has been long. What kept me going was God, knowing He had a plan for the timing of all things, and knowing and being reminded through several events and happenings that He has called me to do this. And if He calls, we answer.
    I don't think I would have stuck all this out this long if I didn't have God in my life.

    No only have I had God in all this I also have good friends who have encouraged me all along the way.

  9. I remember the salt and light, Lindi. That was my calling. It'll come 'round again. I'm confident of it. And what fun it was to meet you, Missy, Angie, and Jennifer. That conference still stands out as one of my faves.

  10. I remember that conference too! I didn't realize how much of this road you all have walked with me until I read Mindy's post. Thank you, Mindy, for taking us down memory lane! I can't wait to see you all at ACFW--you HAVE to come!

  11. Vince,

    I'm so glad you liked all the "extra" goodies that came with Highland Blessings! Thank you so much for promoting my book.

    I have a matching banner that I've framed and set up on an easel at book signings. At my book launch party at Barnes & Noble we served two different hot teas and cookies. My daughter and I both dressed in authentic Highland gowns and we plan to do so at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in July if I don't roast in the heat before then.

    I'll tell you a secret--my banner, the stationary, the business cards, the magnets, and postcards were all free from Vistaprint. All I had to do was design them myself and pay for postage. Keep this in mind for those future debut novels!

    I've considered doing a Marketing series on my blog since Marketing & Communications is what I do for a living at my day job. I've been holding out, waiting to see if my efforts are successful before I go around promoting them. There are so many things on my list I haven't gotten around to doing as I'd planned.

    I'm like a kid whose eyes are bigger than my tummy as I stare at the dessert menu--but in this case my ideas and plans are bigger than my bank account and my available time.

  12. It's been a joy to see almost all of my CPs get The Call ... I wanted them to get the reward they so deserve, and it sounds like this was the case for you.

    It's a journey all right, one that isn't over even with The Call. I think I'm like Missy ... just too stubborn to go away.

  13. I do believe that what ever comes my way, there is a lesson to be learned!
    Sometimes, I fight it, but eventually accept it. I read a humorous line that said I know God doesn't give me more than I can handle, I just wish he didn't trust me so much!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  14. Hang in there, Cynthia. It'll happen for you.

  15. WindyCindy, I've heard that one too. I guess it means God has more faith in us than we have in Him.