Thursday, February 21, 2013

Special Guest Pam Hillman!

Unanswered Prayers?
by Pam Hillman

Are you old enough to appreciate unanswered prayers?

That was the question posed by the evangelist at our church in his sermon one night. As usual, his question sent me off on a tangent (ahem!) and I started thinking about how many of my prayers regarding my writing career haven’t been answered when or how I wanted.

And, more importantly, how I felt about those unanswered prayers three or four (or more!) years later.

So, I asked some of my writer friends about unanswered prayers and how they viewed them after a period of time had lapsed.

“Everything that has happened in my publishing career has been a God thing . My agent was due to a connection with another author, I had pretty much given up on finding an agent when it happened. I love her. I love that I can talk plain to her and she is normal. The genre I ended up selling in was a God thing. I wasn't sure where I was supposed to be but it's like I planted the seeds and this is what grew. He knew the harvest and the timing. And my Seeker sisters were a total God thing, because I was not looking for another group to join. If there is one thing I have learned in this journey it's to cast my cares on Him.” Anonymous 

I can so relate to the above. Every sentence has my name written all over it, even though I didn’t write it. God shook his head many times for me, and said, “Not yet, beloved. Not yet. You’re not ready.” It was hard to accept at the time, but looking back, I know He was right. He always is, isn’t he? Thank you, God, for unanswered prayers.

“My unanswered prayer was that the first manuscript that I sent out to agents, The Corinthian Rules, did NOT get bought. At the time I didn't realize how inane the writing was, although my voice was strong. Voice is not everything--the writing has to be good, too, and that manuscript definitely was NOT. If it had been bought, I'd have either had an absolutely horrible revision or I'd have been heartily ashamed it was published after a few years, or I'd have gotten reamed in Amazon ratings. Well, I still got 1-star reviews on Amazon with Sushi for One, but at least with Sushi, I'm confident the writing is as strong as I could make it, and although people don't like it, well, I know did my best.” Camy Tang

I look back at some of the projects I submitted, even projects that were almost picked up by a publishing house and cringe, knowing my writing wasn’t ready. Yes, at the time, I thought it was great, and maybe it was the best I could do, but now I know it could have been so much better. Thank you, editors, for not publishing my work way back then. And thank you, God, for unanswered prayers.

“Through twelve years of struggling to make a sale of one of my novels, I actually gave up a couple of times. But God always gave me some encouragement to keep me going (like positive editor feedback or a contest final). And though it seemed to take forever, once I did sell--and jumped right into revisions and art fact sheets and line edits and copy edits and promo--I realized I would NOT have been ready for all that years earlier. I'm now a firm believer in God's perfect timing. So hang in there and trust that God knows what He's doing! (Yeah, I know. That's one of those "duh" things, but something I had to learn.)” Missy Tippens

I love this quote from Missy! You know why? She brought something out that I hadn’t thought of before. Even though God has said, “Not now,” many times during this writing journey of mine, he’s always given me something to encourage me, to keep me going and believing as I perfected my craft. Thanks, Missy, for that wonderful reminder, and thank you, God, for unanswered prayers.

“Years ago when I finaled in the Noble Theme, I had an agent appointment with a well-known agent - well, actually two of them who said exactly the same thing: "Congratulations on finaling in the Noble Theme. So you write about cowboys? Well, sorry to say, but no one is buying cowboy/western right now. But good luck!" Talk about bursting my bubble! I won the Noble Theme in Contemporary Romance that year and ended up talking to Joan Marlow Golan. She congratulated me and asked what the book was about. I gave her a quick two sentence pitch. AND THEN told her she wouldn't be interested in it because cowboy stories are dead, so I'll have to write something else. Can you imagine the look she gave me? She gave an encouraging/indulgent smile as she handed me her card. She loved cowboys and if the ms was complete, told me to send it to one of her editors. Wow. That book didn't sell, but the next one Steeple Hill. I love Joan for knowing what I’d been told and making an effort to correct the error of information : )” Audra Harders

As Missy and Audra told us, timing is everything. God’s timing. God is the best advisor, agent, editor, and manager we have, and he’s looking over our shoulders, shaking his head at our determination to rush ahead of his plan for us.

This article was written over two years ago, and I’ve since signed contracts for two books with Tyndale House Publishers. I’m even more thankful today than I was then for God’s unanswered prayers.


Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,
Claiming Mariah

To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders
(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)
Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.

And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

This week’s giveaway:
Anybody remember Gomer Pyle?

Today is a Two-for-One day!
Blogging with Margaret Daley

February 20th: Blogging with Emilie Hendryx

February 22nd: Blogging with Donna Winters and Mary Vee

Claiming Mariah Blurb:

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

Some links...

Claiming Mariah on Amazon
            Claiming Mariah on B&N 
            Claiming Mariah on CBD 
Claiming Mariah on Goodreads 
Claiming Mariah 1st Chapter


  1. Pam---Love this post. Resting in who God is and in His promises is the only way I can get through the trials of this business. The years of waiting for 'the call' were nurtured by Him. I do believe in His perfect timing.

    The tour sounds fun.

  2. Pam, thanks for being with us today!

  3. Missy, thank you and The Faith Girls for inviting me to visit. :)

    Lindi, God's timing is indeed perfect. He doesn't make mistakes, does he?

  4. Pam, welcome to my area of the US....Georgia! I'm just an hour away from Missy.
    Loved the post/comments...yes, HIS timing is always best!
    Have Claiming Mariah on my Kindle...will read it sounds fantastic.
    Have a safe tour!