Keeping Up

Hi friends!

I've joined Twitter (and I'm still feeling a little adverse to it, but the more social networking I can pack into this blog, the better!). Follow me @ladynunnery!

I'm going to add a gadget soon which will keep a running tally of my query letter rejections (and my future requests!). As of right now, the list stands as follows:

6 Nos (7 if you include the one I haven't heard's been more than 6 weeks since I submitted and that is, according to the agency's website, the "no response means 'no'" cut-off date)

(out of the 6 Nos there have been 2 form rejections and 4 personally addressed rejections)

4 No Responses

0 Requests

But the queries are still going out! I don't know what my limit is for repeated rejections, and I'm not even certain I should have one. At what point does a person accept their continued failures? Should they ever? As a Christian, I find myself wondering if being a novelist is simply not in God's plan. But, perhaps, failing is a means to an end, and perseverance is the key to seeing my novel on bookshelves across the country.

This question is the most difficult to answer, simply because we cannot know what the specifics are for God's will. I know that my role as His child is to bring glory to Him, to make His name known among the nations, to love others as I would love myself (even more), and to allow His Spirit to work through me so that I am a reflection of Jesus Christ. But I always wonder what that means in my daily life. What's the difference between writing and not writing? Between sending out queries and moving on to something else?

I'm reading Deanne Gist's Deep in the Heart of Trouble (sequel to Courting Trouble), a wonderful novel about a feisty, unique, God-fearing woman named Essie Spreckelmeyer living in Texas oil country in the late 19th century. She rides bicycles (scandal!), and loves the outdoors, but she's 30-years old (spinsterhood) and longs for a husband and a family. In Courting Trouble, Essie sets out determined to find herself a man, and, eventually, it comes to ruin.

There's one scene where she's praying and asking God why he would give her the desire to be a wife and a mother and, in the darkness, she hears His voice.

You should have no other gods before Me.

I know this command, and since reading Gist's novel, I've begun to think about what it means for my life (though I probably should have been doing that a long time ago...). This section of the novel felt very timely because it made me pause and consider whether my dream of becoming a novelist has become my top priority, rather than an outlet for bringing glory to my heavenly Father. As I've said before, I fully believe that God has given us our passions and talents, and that pursuing them is not a sin. He wants us to dream big and live big, but not at the expense of sacrificing the purpose He created us for...Essie's dilemma mirrors my own. Eventually, she gives up chasing the dream of a husband and family and pursues a love story with Christ, where He is her total provision. She acknowledges the struggle, but allows God to be the One who fufill her needs, rather than mankind. I have a feeling that He blesses her obedience with a husband at the end of Deep in the Heart of Trouble, and I believe that He will bless me. But just like Essie's husband will probably turn out to be someone completely unexpected, I am aware that my blessings might come in other forms as well.

Hope you're enjoying this beautiful day!

Until next time,



Mary Beth Morgan said...

ok so the answer is def "I have not failed i have simply found 700 ways that it will not work" ~Thomas Edison~

THe number ranges and the validity of the author is often questioned, but the truth your perseverance is in that quote! .

THere is an awesome site that has all of his quotes but not including this one that really encourage you!

ok so that was the first quote of encouragement that came to mind with a little reference background and the second is an outstanding quote from an OUTSTANDING friend!!!

"Perseverance the greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it!' ~Moliere~

HOpe these help and I know you are gonna get it!
I love you Wendi Kay! :)

jennifer hendricks said...

When I read: At what point does a person accept their continued failures? The first thing that came to mind was Matthew 18:22
It is referring to forgiveness but I believe it applies to failures as well
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Then I remember when I was so enthralled by The Help and I was reading about Kathryn Stockett. Here is her story:

"In the end, I received 60 rejections for The Help. But letter number 61 was the one that accepted me. After my five years of writing and three and a half years of rejection, an agent named Susan Ramer took pity on me. What if I had given up at 15? Or 40? Or even 60? Three weeks later, Susan sold The Help to Amy Einhorn Books."

What if you give up after 10 or 15....then no one would ever hear...err, read, your wonderful thoughts. I am lucky enough to hear them every week but not everyone is so lucky and I think they should be graced with your stories.

Another piece of advice from a real estate agent: Rejection is Gods protection.