Wednesday, January 11, 2012


My heart overflows with gratitude to God.

Something I have tried to keep in mind is that God’s timing is the perfect timing.

I was meant to be in this place at this moment, self published. Relinquishwithpencil

Kristen Lamb has a wonderful blog post on self-published authors here: Why We Should All Hug a Self-published & Indie Author

She says the self-published are blazing a trail. I don’t feel I am one of those.

The bushes and briars and weeds have been whacked away. I’m not blazing a trail but simply following it. Many have already gone down that trail, and I’m running to catch up.

I have said it before—publishers need to awaken to this fact: Publishers are not needed to publish a book. They need to begin to reinvent themselves before they are left in the dust.

It is ridiculousy easy to submit to Createspace and have a book published. All you need is a manuscript.

I have had a tremendous amount of help from the true trail blazers. And I am thankful.

There has been wailing and gnashing of teeth. (I’ve been joking that my brain broke along the way. There might be some truth in that. I started typing gnailing and washing of teeth.  However, I did visit the dentist yesterday, and, yes, I suppose you could say I had my teeth washed. So, maybe that’s not so far fetched.)

The healing process has begun. A kind friend glued my brain back together, and I believe it is mending nicely. Yesterday was a great day.

The first time someone (who is not a close family member) asks for an autographed copy of your book is mind boggling and humbling. I’m reminded of the pencil analogy:

(1) Everything you do will always leave a mark!

(2) You can always correct a mistake you have made!

(3) What is important is inside of you!

(4) In life, you will undergo an occasional painful sharpening which will only make you better and more functional!

(5) To be the best Pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you! ~Anonymous

I pray I allow God’s hand to guide me as I continue my journey.

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.