Getting Closer to Publication – Editor Feedback

I’m so sorry I haven’t connected with you all lately. My days have been busy and time seems to slip away. I wanted to drop a line to say that I received the notes from my editor and the rewrites will begin soon!

My wonderful friend Nichole Gause, an amazing author, poet and playwright, is my editor. I am so grateful that she took the time to review my work and give me honest feedback. Words can not expression how much I appreciate her!

I have to admit I was a little nervous about what she would have to say. There was no need because her comments were both encouraging and enlightening. She stated, “Overall, it is a wonderful novel. Rich in drama. Maureen is a complex character that you like to watch.” Maureen is my main character and the novel is written in her words. I’m sure you will like her too! 🙂

Mrs. Gause gave me feedback regarding the places where my writing was the strongest and ways that I could strenghten the weaker areas. She also noted were there was contridiction in the plot and unclear scenes. I’m excited to rework the novel to make it the best that it can be.

I’m aiming for a summer release date. I will continue to keep you posted as things progress. I can’t wait to see my work in print and share it with the world. This is truly a dream come true!

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (New Living Translation)

Much love,

Sherry

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Another Step Closer to Publication! – Reader Reviews

Hi everyone!

Last week I sent my book to a couple of avid readers to get their honest feedback. They responded with glowing reviews! They loved the characters, story line and message. They said it was a page turner that kept them engaged. They wanted more and even gave me ideas for the sequel. I did leave it open for that. Now I guess I have to make it happen. lol But first thing first. I have to get the first book published. 🙂

They did find some typos and a particular scene that I needed to clarify, but those are easy fixes. I’m so thankful they enjoyed it and got the message I intended. That means my writing wasn’t in vain. My book is entertaining and inspiring. It’s one thing for me to think that, but for readers to agree is an amazing feeling!

My editor is still doing her review and I’m waiting with bated breath. I’m excited and a little nervous to hear her thoughts. I know she will give me great feedback that will help me tighten things up for even more impact.

My dream is closer to becoming a reality. II will keep you posted on each step of my journey. Hopefully, I will have my book in my hand soon!

I am so abundantly blessed right now! My book is a work in progress. I let go of fear and shared my presentation “Being a Holy Ghost Diva” at a women’s fellowship last month. It was such an amazing experience. I look forward to more opportunities like that. I started a new job and it’s going well. I’m stretching myself, growing, learning and becoming more of what I’m destined to be.

It makes me think about the song “God’s Got a Blessing (With Your Name on It) by Norman Hutchins. That is so true! Whatever blessing God has for you is for you. Your name and only your name is on it. I’m claiming mine! What about you?

Sherry

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One Step Closer to Publication!

Today is a day I will never forget! I completed the first draft of my novel today! The characters, scenes and dialogue that have been dancing in my head for over 7 years have been completely unleashed. The book I have been talking up is finally a reality.

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a writer and I am working on a book. If you talk to me for more than 30 minutes, it’s going to come up some how. lol I’m sure some people may have thought this book was a figment of my imagination. She couldn’t possibly still be working on that same book she was talking about two or three years ago. But, I was.

My writing process was very odd to say the least. I wrote when I was inspired and when I wasn’t I procrastinated and came up with excuses about why I couldn’t write. I didn’t have time. Devin needed me. My husband needed me. My friends needed me. I’ll do it tomorrow.

I didn’t feel so bad about this when I heard that Shonda Rhimes thought about Scandal for over a year before she wrote one word. When it was time to submit the pilot she got a hotel room and wrote for 4 days straight. If it worked for her, it should work for me, right? Not exactly. 😉

When I wasn’t in avoidance mode, I was involved in a spiritual warfare. The enemy put all kinds of barriers in my way. One particular barrier caused me to have writers block for about 2 or 3 years.

I was working in Drama Ministry when something I wrote was misconstrued and my salvation was attacked. I knew I was called to write in a way that would uplift the body of Christ, but I was being told that God didn’t receive what I wrote and it wasn’t inspired by Him.  I was devastated! I was a Christian writer and everything I did was for and about Christ.  I eventually disconnected from that ministry and allowed church hurt to block me from fulfilling my purpose. For awhile I didn’t go to church at all. I was a Christian without a home and God was not pleased.

When I finally found a new church to unite with, I purposely became a pew sitter. I was afraid to work in ministry. I was afraid to share my gifts. I didn’t want a repeat of what happened before. My salvation wasn’t up for scrutiny. My desert experience taught me who I was in Christ and no one was going to make me believe otherwise.

It didn’t take long before I was called out and thrust back into ministry. That was such a blessing! I love Drama Ministry again and enjoy presenting God’s word in unique and creative ways. I enjoy teaching Sunday School and sharing wisdom with the younger generation.

Once I got back into ministry, why didn’t I go full steam ahead and finish my book? There’s one answer, fear. I wasn’t afraid of sharing anymore. I was afraid of succeeding. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I was afraid I wasn’t worthy of success. As long as it was a dream, it was just that, a dream. Dreams are lovely and full with hope. Reality doesn’t always look like that. As long as it was a dream it was something I was striving for. I couldn’t fail or succeed. The problem was I kept the dream alive for way too long. I knew I could be doing more than I was doing. I was making progress, but I should have been closer to the finish line.

Then I heard a sermon titled “What’s Fear Got to do With It?” delivered by Minister Edward Walker. The Word resonated in my spirit and caused me to spring into action. Jesus was saying, “What are you afraid of Sherry? I got you.” It was time for me to step out on faith. It was time to cast fear aside and be who I’m destined to be.

That’s why today is so important to me. I showed myself that I can do it. I showed myself that I am worth more than a dream. I showed myself that I am the daughter of the Most High and with Him all things are possible! God bless!

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