Writing Update

First off… a big thanks to everyone who follows this blog. This past week I hit the 100 follower threshold! That is pretty exciting news for this little blogger. As much as I enjoy writing fiction, I seem to struggle when it comes to finding things to blog about on regular basis. I am so thankful for each of you! It is a true honor knowing you are willing to read my blog, so I   try to respect your time and only post when I have something I truly want to share. That may be once a month or once a week, which means I am continually blown away by the response to my blog. It just goes to show that God can use anyone or their words.

the end

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The biggest news I have to share today is that I have finished my book. I actually typed “The End” last month, but have been knee deep in revisions. This is the first time I have allowed myself to go back to read it from the beginning. It has been quite the journey to experience Aline’s love story, all over again, while editing it. I love the person Aline becomes by the end of my book, but experiencing this journey again from the beginning has been amazing. I hope to have my edits finished by the end of the summer, although, as the last month has shown me… that is pretty optimistic.

On another writing note, a few months ago I entered my book in a writing contest. I only entered because the final three entries would be reviewed by a major publishing house. It was a total shot in the dark, but I clicked send on the email and sent up a prayer. A few weeks later, I received an email that Love for Aline was a finalist. Then this last week, I found out that I placed third. Along with a certificate stating I placed 3rd, I received valuable feedback from the senior editor at a publishing house. That is what I was hoping for when I entered the contest.

I have faith that one day I will send my finished manuscript (book) to an editor (publishing house) and they will read it and fall in love with Aline. I believe with all my heart this story will be in print. I have to hold on to this dream as I spend hours on end editing and writing. Like so many other writers out there, I believe that God has blessed mopen booke with a story to tell and I am merely His pen. If that is true, then wouldn’t He want to see His story used to its fullest potential?

There are moments, like this contest, where I find encouragement that perhaps I am not too far away. It is encouragement and I am thankful for it. Of course, then I hear about how publishing houses are burned out on civil war era romances and I wonder… will anyone read it? It is a crazy world in publishing and each day brings a new opportunity and a new challenge.

I just know that God has given me this dream and with it came this story. I will write it to the best of my ability and pray one day it will find the right home. I know that will only happen through His perfect will. I thank each of you for supporting me and cheering me on. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.

God bless each of you as you pursue your dreams.

12 thoughts on “Writing Update

    • Thanks, Terri. That means a lot! You have been here since the beginning and I count you as a special blessing. When my book is ready for readers… I will give you a call. 🙂

    • Thanks, Nancy. You bless me by reading my blog! Happy to be on this journey with you. Praying for you as you wait to hear back on Genesis. I couldn’t be more excited for you!

  1. Stacey, I am so proud of you and love that God has given you the gift of writing. Am excited to be able to read it and say, “I know this sweet, godly mom and wife who wrote this~”. Love you!!!

    • Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement! You walked beside me when I first started this blog and I appreciate you so much. Very thankful we met you and Dick at Grace! Much love to you both.

  2. The first in the series called….. what are you calling it? Let me know when i can get it on Kindle!!

  3. I am so proud and happy for you. My heart is filled with joy for you. I know the right publisher will come along. Can’t wait ti read the read I will buy a lot of copies for my friends.

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