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Outside Lutheran publishing

When I pursued my MA in theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, sometimes I’d get annoyed at all the non-Lutheran books we were reading. I wanted to read all the good stuff before I had to discern other lenses. I’ve learned a few things since then. First, a person needs to discern no matter who the publisher is. Second, some people look down on books from outside Lutheran publishing no matter what. Lutherans can be so “Lutheran-focused” that good stuff can slip right by.

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Ball keeps dribbling

I thought I was heading into a good time and place. I practiced and prepped. Got myself looking good on paper and sent in a proposal to an agent. I was going to post about how good it feels to have the ball in someone else’s court for a while! Sigh. Nope. The ball keeps dribbling.

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“Decluttering”

I’m not afraid to admit I’m reading the book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your MindSeriously, who can blame me? But what I really appreciate about these tips is that they are applicable to a lot more than decluttering!

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My Why

A sentiment/scenario was sent in and it really resonates with me: “I’ve forgotten my why. I can’t seem to grab hold of it for more than a few minutes and then it slips away.”

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Who Chooses Illustrator?

When working toward a children’s picture book, who chooses the illustrator? Many traditional publishing houses prefer to pick one from previous projects. That way they can pair a better known name with a lesser known name and try to maximize visibility and lend experience to both. On the other hand, you may know people the publishing houses do not.  If you do, then “who chooses the illustrator” can become a factor in where or how to publish.

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Rejections aren’t Inspired.

Rejections aren’t inspired. Seriously. If a guy at a publishing house is having a rough day: rejection. If a market may not quite be ready for it: rejection. If a person can’t quite figure out how to sell for a big enough profit: rejection. None of that is inspired.

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Wanting My Magnus Opus

I’ve been craving more writer community lately. I daresay I’m not alone in that! Do any of you hang onto an idea for years and years, hoping a certain project or two could become your magnus opus? But, um, not put any work into it? I’m just wanting my magnus opus and prayerfully stewing a while. Sigh.

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Too Many Goals

Some quick encouragement to help us focus from the talented author/hymnist/editor Lisa Clark:

If you love to write, write. Don’t worry about all the details that can bring about an abrupt halt to your creativity. But as you write, continue to ask yourself your motivation behind your work. If for personal enjoyment, great. Write things you personally enjoy. If for your family, great. Keep that audience in mind. One of the biggest mistakes writers make is confusing their writing by adding too many different goals each time they sit down to create.

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Goals and Expectations

I have a good assortment of posts for this week already! Woo hoo! Today’s post is about the distinction between goals and expectations. It really hit the spot for me when I read it.

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Unexpected genre

I like dreaming big. And, whenever I’ve thought about getting into fiction, I’ve known what genre I wanted to write. Precisely. I mean, I have a narrow vision that captures me pretty spookily. Except. It seems like the cosmos have conspired against that for the time being. Now I’m thinking about trying a genre I’d always respected but personally sworn off. Am I crazy? I think I may go for it. I mean, 🙂 I’d sure tell you to go for it, if something grabbed your attention for a spell, planned or otherwise!

Still, what do you think? Should I start my first attempt at a novel in a new-to-me genre? Should I type up previous notes instead? Should I outline or just write away?

I’m excited thinking about writing regularly again. Making a good, old-fashioned go of it! Sure, I’ll have days of despair and knocking my head against my desk, but, well, I’d have those days anyway! 😉

I’ve been editing for a spell. Imagine a great big whoosh as I sigh in relief that I’m thinking elsewhere now.

Happy writing!

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