12 books. That’s how many inspirational romances I have contracted and/or published with Pelican Book Group. Twelve.
Over the last year or so, I have alluded to a tug to write mainstream romance, stories minus a distinct faith element. Sometimes I feel as if I’m the middle of the rope in a tug-o-war. Each side jerks my arm in their direction with equal intensity.
So, last year I dived in to clean and wholesome romance. No sex scenes, no cursing, no need to hide the books from your kids or grandkiddos. But definitely a tad more heat than most Christian books.
I finished the first book in the Kester Ranch Cowboys series, Roping the Cowboy, and sent it to four mainstream publishers and two agents. Nine months, four rejections and two no responses later, I finally acknowledged defeat.
Because after reading through the story again, I deserved the rejections. Yes, the romance lacked fullness. Long sentences slowed it down. The first kiss came too late in the story. The heroine wasn’t likable. I could go on…
One publisher cited a detailed list of where it fell short, and awesome crit partners offered critical input to strengthen the story…
We’re not just talking a few hours of edits. This involved a total remodel and would take an entire month, probably more.
At this point, some writers toss their manuscript in the recycle bin or hurl it into the deep recesses of their closet, and wave the white flag. Others sob buckets and fling fiery insults toward the publisher/agent who rejected them.
Not me. I am forever grateful!
Because their valuable input…
1. Pointed out serious flaws in my manuscript and offered the chance to fix them before throwing my baby out into the world.
2. Provided the impetus and lit a fire for me to go indie.
3. Proved that I can do this. That I’m in this writing gig for the long haul. That sometimes the old way is not necessarily the best way for me. That rejection isn’t necessarily a bad thing…
God uses our negatives, our perceived failures, and creates something beautiful, life-changing, and totally mind-blowing.
Like a new author name for my non-inspirational titles. And why not a publisher, too?
Coming OCT 1 with
Grace Legacy Publishing
More on my new name and the steps to create a business later. For now, just know that rejection does NOT have to mean the end of your dreams. It could be the beginning!