The best part of writing for me has turned out to be the relationships I have because of this job. Maybe that's not apparent on emails, but I'm telling you, these Christian publishing people are incredible. Let me give you a sampling. Ten years' ago at Mt. Hermon, I met Lonnie Hull Dupont, an editor for Baker/Revell. She read something of mine, told me what was good and what wasn't. But I just connected with her and I knew I wanted to work with her some day.
In the meantime, we've met in San Francisco for lunch, met at various writing events, all the while knowing someday. Well, that someday is here. She's editing my first young adult novel, and she is FABULOUS! Just how I knew it would be. In fact, this morning, I had written something in the wrong context. Out of context, it was downright raunchy, but it context, which is the way I saw it, it worked fine. But my oh my, that would have brought letters upon letters from angry parents. And Lonnie? She laughed and wrote some wry comment. That is so ENCOURAGING.
Okay, then, there is Ami McConnell, who I also met at Mt. Hermon. I have the utmost respect for Ami (she's an editor at Thomas Nelson) and she can speak an idea, and my eyes just light up with possibilities. She has put my writing enthusiasm back to the keyboard. That is a gifting.
But wait, then there's Colleen Coble, who took me in when I was sick as a dog with MS and nursed me back to health while I got off the meds and went the natural route. There's Athol Dickson, who took my husband's resume, rewrote it and make my DH realize how incredibly talented he is. Angela Hunt, Karen Ball and Robin Lee Hatcher, who have guided me in paths they've already taken. There's no end to the encouragement I've received from Denise, Cheryl, Rene Gutteridge, Nancy Toback and Diann. Daily stuff that keeps the world spinning.
Writing is a hard business, filled with lots of rejection, both from publishers and reviewers and private emails chastising your very being. That's the hard part. The good part is God gives you these lights. Who are your visual lights along the path? Have you thanked them? Do it publicly. Here. We'll wait.