in which i am caught between avoidance and a whole bunch of other stuff

The thing is, I don’t like stringing people along.  I’m typically a rather blunt rip off the bandage type … peeling it off in tiny painful increments just doesn’t work for me.  I don’t wade carefully into cold (or hot) waters.  I jump in and get it over with, gasping for breath until I become acclimated.  So when I found myself in a holding pattern regarding the publication of Mercy, I began avoiding this blog.

I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve begun and abandoned.  They all ran along the same theme.  “No news yet on Mercy, but I’m working on it … I promise!  Will let you know as soon as I know anything.”  Variations on a theme.  And it’s a true statement, but one can only say it so many times before it begins to ring of emptiness.

In some ways, the struggle to get Mercy published is not unlike the struggle to get Grace, my first novel, published.  I’m starting from scratch, and I’ve had to learn the submission process in a world which has been deeply altered.  When I first began pushing Grace out into the world, everything was handled by mail.  Snail mail.  As in, write a query letter, stick it in an envelope, and send it to all the places I highlighted in my ridiculously dog-eared copy of the tome that was The Writer’s Market.  Then, after a number of weeks, came the deluge of form letters.  “Thank you for your submission.  Unfortunately, your novel does not quite fit our list.”  Occasionally, one would ask for sample chapters, which I would then dutifully print out, package, and mail.  After a number of months, another rejection letter would come, though this one would be more personalized, sometimes with a handwritten note of encouragement.

I kept all those rejections from all those years.  I treasure them, actually.  They are like battle scars, to me, and I sometimes take them out and thumb through them, smiling at the knowledge that I survived each battle to finally win the war.

So, I truly am moving forward with Mercy, though it may not appear that way from your end.  The wheels of publishing turn more quickly than ever before, but the world has changed and, with it, our needs for faster gratification.  Email replies take days instead of weeks, but it still never seems fast enough.  It is sobering to realize I once waited an entire year after sending a completed manuscript to a publisher before I finally contacted them to tell them I had another interested party.  The response was quick that time.  “Please give me the weekend to read it and I’ll get back to you on Monday.”  LOL.  A year, and it hadn’t even been read.

I want it all for Mercy, for myself, and for you.  I don’t want the book published in just eBook format.  I want to see the book on my bookshelf beside the stories of her sisters.  I have begun the submission process again, and it may or may not work out for me … right away.  But it will happen.  I didn’t give up when the process was more arduous and when I didn’t have a bibliography.  I won’t give up now.

As always, thank you so much for your emails, messages, tweets, and comments.  I treasure every interaction, and do try to respond as time permits.  And thank you for your patience.  I think I can stop avoiding this blog now.  Be beautiful, my friends : )

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18 thoughts on “in which i am caught between avoidance and a whole bunch of other stuff

  1. I’m so happy to read this! I want Mercy on my shelf, too, along with her sisters. All I know is that when it happens, I also look forward to rereading Grace and Charity as preparation for the pure pleasure it will be to sink into the read paper pages of Mercy.

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  2. Glad to hear your moving forward with Mercy, I read a lot and love the series I have a few books that I read over and over yours are with them……….I read Faith first and couldn’t wait to find Grace I ordered it online and couldn’t wait for Charity………I don’t understand the publishers there is so much junk out there and the virtue series is so great it has everything it makes you laugh and cry……well I just wish you luck your very talented, I’m glad the book may be in paperback, I enjoy paper books so much more, I use my nook when I cant get something in paper or when i cant get out, again Good Luck…………

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  3. I just finished reading my first book from your hand “Grace” and I completely fell in love with it. I love the way you have written the story and I am intrigued to read the follow up story of all the ackerly sisters. So intrigued I started to immediately search on the internet for possible follow-up stories and got to this blog first. I am relieved to read that most of them are already out there and very thrilled to read that Mercy is in the making, surely cannot wait for that one, but yet I agree fully with you that the beauty of reading a book is to hold it in your hands, the smell of the paper and the soft crisping sounds of turning the pages is what makes me relax and truly enjoy reading a book, especially so well written by a surely excellent writer. If there is anything I can do from a reader’s point, sign petition to make sure the book is printed, please be sure to let me know. Well now I will continue my search on where to find your books on the european continent in a nin-english speaking country😄. Thank you for the joy you have given me so far with your work.

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  4. I love this series and have been just dying to get my hands on the final story. You are an amazingly talented story-teller.

    Honestly though, please consider self-publishing it as an e-book. I am a frugal reader. I have to be, because I literally read hundreds of books a year (I don’t watch TV). I used to borrow a lot of books from my library, however, now I rarely read hard copies, only books on my Kindle.

    I was hooked on the first book of this series, which I got free on Amazon.com, but I immediately bought the other two books. I would read any and every book you write.

    Just do not under estimate yourself or your stories. I never look twice at the book display at the grocery store and could not tell you the last time I stepped foot in a brick and mortar bookstore. I did however look up 10 books on Amazon, B&N and my local library’s digital book shelf.

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