The past forty-eight hours has not gone smoothly for me. This becoming a new author at 58 has been a challenge to say the least. I have great "ideas" for books to write but the publishing process is challenging. Every step the past few months or so has been a new adventure. This must be why so many people quit.
I am not going to quit.
And considering I am a person riddled with self doubt, I am amazed I am going to finish this journey. But I knew in my heart that this book, Not Really A Princess, had to be written. And I have been continually amazed how with each new step I have been shown what to do and how to do it. And as it has become clear now that it really will actually happen--there are still many steps laid out before me that I am not familiar with doing.
Between marketing, social media, publicity and edits... I feel like I am learning a foreign language. However, I am good at foreign languages.
I have had a date of November 1 for all the content edits to be complete. Yes, that is next week. The past couple weeks I have felt a bit of pressure but still kept up with home and church responsibilities. Yesterday I began panicking. How could I possibly add my final touches if I am still waiting for the content editor to finish the last set? And the REAL concern is -- have I included all God has intended for me to include? Is there something that I should include that someone hurting desperately needs to hear? Have I used the right Bible passages? Is there anything I shouldn't include? I have prayed for these things for months if not years.
I was close to tears last night working at AWANA at church. But tried to focus on the kids. I put tissues next to my bed in case I woke up at night. I slept soundly. As I sat outside with my chocolate lab, Ginger, this morning. I felt a sense of calm. I will stay the course. I KNOW God will take care of every step just like He has the past year. He has assured me repeatedly that He wants this done. He has blessed me over and over. And I feel He has pushed it ahead as if to say, "Look, I've taken care of it," or maybe there is someone out there who needs it soon. I have no idea why but there have been so many things that have happened that tell me I am on the track He wants me on.
The day was not without challenges but I received my edits and truthfully--IT IS ALMOST DONE. My editor says this book is EPIC! Such great words to hear. A few more tweaks then off to the copy editor next week. Yes, I am still having some tech issues tonight but it will get done.
Stay the course. Don't give up.
Publish date April 1, 2018. Yay!