I’ve been keeping a secret from you.
Even now a little voice whispers that I shouldn’t say anything. It advises me to just keep it to myself, lest I make a big deal out of nothing. Still, my very small circle of confidants has continued to grow over the past few days. I just don’t think I can keep it in any longer. And you know what? It’s not nothing! This is actually a very cool something.
In July I entered a writing contest sponsored by Tyndale House Publishers. I didn’t win. I didn’t even make the top ten, but I did get noticed. An agent saw my proposal (a nonfiction book I’ve fiddled with for a number of years) and it piqued her interest. A couple weeks ago she called to invite me to San Diego. She said she “loved” my proposal and really wants to discuss it with me face-to-face.
And so I’m going to San Diego.
In eleven days.
To talk with an agent who is interested in my book.
Can I get a little exultant whoop in here? Perhaps a jubilant dance?
I am completely torn emotionally on this. Part of me wants to go crazy with confidence that this could be a very big break for me. The other part of me wants to temper excitement and continually remind people that nothing is promised here. It’s just a little cross-country flight to attend a conference and and rub shoulders with some great writers. I want to convince others — mostly myself! — that this is no big deal and I shouldn’t hope for too much.
The truth is that the whole experience has already exceeded my expectations. I am so honored that God gave me the opportunity to participate and progress this far! While I don’t know exactly where my proposal ranked in the over 200 contenders, I’m quite proud that my piece withstood the pressure. Not only that, but it stood out enough for someone to pick up a phone and call me about it. That’s pretty spectacular.
It turns out that my proposal competed with projects from several published writers including bestselling author Peter Kerr, money guru Jack DeBoer and a fellow named Timothy Keller. (I don’t think its THAT Tim Keller.) Other top ten finalists include a megachurch pastor, a recording artist and a multi-published theology professor. I’d say I found some pretty good company and I don’t mind losing to the likes of them.
Would you join my prayer team?
I know some of you are tremendous prayer warriors. Some of you pray for me on a regular basis. I cannot tell you how much that means to me!
Over the past six years, since I first shared my writing publicly, I have solicited prayers on a number of occasions. I have a little team of people that I email when I feel particularly discouraged or simply don’t know what it is God wants from me or where He wants me to go next. I want to open that up to you. I firmly believe that most of us far undervalue prayer. We would rather “do something” than sit in a room and talk to an unseen God. However, that unseen God has far more power in His baby toe than all of humanity unified might possess — if we could ever actually become unified, which we cannot do without the help of that unseen God! I covet your prayers.
Yesterday I read Isaiah 52:7:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
This is what I seek to do. I want to publish salvation; I want to bring good news to those who need to hear it. I cannot do it on my own. I need God’s empowerment to do that, which is why I covet your prayers.
If you would like to join my Prayer Team, email me or leave a comment to that effect. I’ll add you to the list and be sure you get my next SOS. In the meantime, here are a few specific requests for this upcoming adventure:
- that travel will be uneventful — I’ve never been to California and will be on a rather tight schedule. The conference is only for the weekend; one nasty bump at the airport could cause me to miss the whole thing.
- that my meeting with this agent will be fruitful — This could be HUGE for me … or it could be a simple time of sharing God’s love with her. Either way, I want to be at peace knowing God is in control.
- that I will capitalize on this opportunity to network with other writers and professionals within the publishing industry so that GOD may be glorified and I will not escape any chance to serve Him, whatever that might entail.
- that I will be faithful in all He has called me to do, big and small.
I know God has a plan and I am nearly giddy in anticipation of what that might be and how it will unfold.
Your Turn: How can I pray for YOU today?