Tuesday, September 28, 2010


SO I GOT an e-mail from one of the publishers that I sent the 1st three chapters of In the Picture I Have of You . They want to see the whole manuscript! This is promising. It means that they liked what they read so far & want to read more. In fact, the e-mail said, "We look forward to reading your work!" (their exclamation point).

SO I'M EXCITED. What? I don't sound like it? Inside, I'm doing my Snoopy dance. If you know me, you know I don't like to get too excited. I'm a pessimist at heart so I always expect the worst so that if/when I get bad news, I don't feel the pain as much.

BUT I'VE EXPERIENCED rejection before so I know the pain. But I don't expect to get rejected this time. I know In the Picture I Have of You is a good manuscript and it's going to be an even better book. I believe it's going to bless a lot of people, especially women who have been abandoned by their fathers. Do I sound conceited? Over-confident? A few years ago, I never would have made such statements. If getting older has taught me one thing, it's that you need to believe in yourself and that positive thinking does work. A year from now (or a little more), In the Picture I Have of You will be published. As I write this, I'm seeing In the Picture I Have of You in bookstores now, right on the shelf of "New Arrivals." Amen.

p.s. I just hope they don't change the title. I know everyone says you shouldn't cling to a title because the odds are that the publisher will change it (as they did with Choose Me, which was originally titled, Eva and Adam) -- but I love my title!