Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hold on to Patience and Hope

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

Today I’m going to talk a bit about a writer trying to get published these days. This is in no way a plea for sympathy and I’m not having a “pity party.” Just looking at one of the dynamics within the publishing world.

As you may know I’ve finished my first novel, a historical romance titled That Summer. My agent, Lavonne J. Stevens, is sending info to publishers about my book. Two publishers have said “No because they want a previously established author with a history in mainstream inspirational fiction.”

I fully understand the publisher’s position here.  I’m published in mainstream inspirational nonfiction. Therein lies the culprit: this is my first try at being published in mainstream inspirational fiction. And I’m not an established author of fiction. I have no record to prove to a publisher that my book will sell because my previous books have sold.

My position here with my first novel is the same as a kid trying to get his first job. Nobody will hire him because he has no experience. But if someone won’t hire him how is he going to get any experience? If you’ve been there or near a young person in this situation then you can relate to his woes. That’s about where I am: I can’t get my first novel published—yet—because I’m not established. But how can I get established if no publisher decides to publish my first novel?

So, what would you do in my shoes? What I am doing is using every patience muscle in my body to stay calm and wait this out. I’m certain there’s a publisher out there who, when they read my manuscript, will feel the emotions of my characters and will be eager to give me my first “job” on  the way to becoming an established author with a history in mainstream inspirational fiction.

I have faith and trust in my agent and know that she is looking out for me and That Summer and that all this troublesome time will turn out okay. In the meantime I'm strengthening my hope by writing my next novel. Why work on a second novel when the first one hasn’t sold? Because when that certain publisher says Yes, I’ll be able to tell them that of course I can get a second book to them in a very short time!

"God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope."
--Catherine Marshall 

Till next time ... keep on smiling.

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