Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
2017 Blog Number 123
May 4, 2017
I remember receiving a child’s typewriter as a Christmas gift when I was very young. I think I was perhaps in Kindergarten or maybe in first grade. It took hours but with my typewriter I wrote things that I heard from the radio news and wrote a short “newspaper.” I made copies of this “newspaper” and put in on the porches of my neighbors. It was quite time consuming and I soon lost interest in doing this but my love of writing was established at an early age.
Over the years when I relayed some of the adventures that I have had in pastoral ministry people would often comment, “you should write that down.” Well, I have. I’ve been writing for years. One book in particular, records some of the more traumatic instances that I have had in ministry dealing with people under very difficult and sometimes tragic circumstances. A monthly writer’s group that I belong to has been helping me edit the book. After the manuscript was edited I put it aside, afraid to send it in to publishers. Why? Because I’ve suffered rejection before.
This is my third completed book. The first received sixteen rejections. The second received three. After this second set of rejections I took a twelve-year break from submitting manuscripts. Well, I am ready to try it again. After having two short stories published in a journal and three years of (almost) daily blog writing I am trying again. What am I feeling? Anxiety, of course. I now sit and wait for an agent to decide if I will have another rejection or a project to be pursued by an agency.
If you see me praying more than usual there is a reason. Prayer is a great cure for anxiety. I request your prayers as I await literary news. Please also pray for the literary folks at: ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com