Friday, April 04, 2008

Sometimes The Rain, Sometimes The Rainbow

The image is a "fire rainbow." For it to be formed, conditions have to be just right. I don't know how many rain events it takes before one of these occurs, but however many there are, it seems to be worth it. Truly, "the heavens declare the glory of God."

In writing, some days are rainy--actually, lots of days are rainy--but then we get a rainbow and it inspires us to plod on. I got a rainbow when I was privileged to do an autograph party (with 39 other authors) at the Gathering of Church Bookstores. If you haven't already done so, you might check out my last post, which talks about the experience.

Then came the rain. A publisher turned down a proposal for a non-fiction book I'd like to write. As if that weren't enough, they'd already turned it down once. This just came from a different editor. I guess they wanted to be sure!

Unfortunately, this isn't a new experience for me. A well-respected Christian publishing house did the same thing to me when I first started writing. I sent a proposal for a novel, they requested a full, then they turned it down. Not long after, I got another request for a full manuscript (from another editor at the house), and they turned it down again. There's a lesson there, somewhere. Like Steve Laube's story of an author whose rejection notice came FedEx. Talk about kicking someone when they're down!

But then I got another rainbow. I get about one email a week from someone who's read The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse and been blessed by it. I received a couple of those this week and was reminded that, even if I never have another book in print, this one has touched multiple thousands of lives. And for this I am grateful. I thought I was going to relax and work on my golf game when I retired. God had other ideas, and so now I pound away at this computer, working on both fiction and non-fiction and hoping for a rainbow amidst all the rain that goes with writing.

Thanks, God, for another rainbow. Now, since I'm ready for a bit more rain, I'll get back to my writing.

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