Everyone’s Story gives a fond hello to author Linda Wood Rondeau. Though I’ve known Linda for several years in the circles of social media–she used to live in the Northeast and we’re still in the same ACFW local chapter–I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Linda a few years ago at a writers conference in Philly. Now we’re fellow Elk Lake Publishing authors! This week Linda shares with us why there’s still hope when “the numbers” are discouraging, pointing out to Whom we really need to place our hope in. A BIG by the way–I’ve read Linda’s novel, Fiddler’s Fling (Linda’s Giveaway) and gave it a great review! Both Linda and I look forward to hearing from you.
Linda is offering 1 printed copy of Fiddler’s Fling to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, March 18th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).
PUBLISHING’S BRICK WALL by Linda Wood Rondeau
This month, sales reached their all-time low. And I ask myself, “Why do you keep trying?”
Though I’ve had nine books published in less than five years, in so many ways, I feel as I am retreating rather than moving forward. Due to a publisher issue, I had to take five books off the market. After seven years, the Lord directed me to part ways with my wonderful agent. A tough decision, but necessary.
I know there are some that envy what I’ve done so far; yet, I am constantly struggling with feelings of failure. The hardest one is that feeling that I’ve failed God.
When I complain to the Lord, he says, “It’s not about sales.”
To which I reply…”But for book sellers it’s all important.”
It took eleven years to the date God called me to write before I was finally offered my first book contract. Yeah, I was finally launched. Then came the merry-go-round of marketing only to realize that few of my exhausting and financially draining efforts brought satisfying results.
The smart and successful writers say, “You didn’t hear God correctly.”
“God does not call us to failure.”
“If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.”
And the platitudes pile up, sometimes buoying me to keep going, but still the sales results plummet from poor to pitiful. I feel as though I’m pounding against a brick wall with a rubber sledgehammer.
And yet God says, “We’re not done. Don’t you think I know your heartache and disappointment? I know how hard the market is these days. But I did not call you to failure. Nor did I call you to success. I called you simply to tell your stories. Trust me that they will end up where I want them to be.”
I am looking forward to my next contracted book, Red Sky Promise, with Elk Lake Publishing. Beyond that, I expect my publishing path to take a major turn. I may move into non-fiction and freelance writing. More and more the idea of Indy publishing is taking root.
This much I know. God has never left me, and He continues to push me forward. Where the world may see failure, God sees obedience. And He honors me in ways I could never have imagined.
Writer, are you tired of banging against a crazy market? Have you been doing all the right things yet feeling as though you are barely treading water? Does it seem you are in a sinking boat with no resources to bail out the rising water?
Trust His plan even when you feel you’re drowning or when everyone around you starts to doubt. Keep moving forward in obedience. Ultimately, that is our calling.
Linda’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:
Author Linda Wood Rondeau @lwrondeau shares candid thoughts: Publishing’s Brick Wall. (Tweet This)
#Authors: when well-intentioned platitudes fall. Linda Wood Rondeau @lwrondeau’s thoughts. (Tweet This)
Win #BookGiveaway of Linda Wood Rondeau @lwrondeau’s FIDDLER’S FLING. (Tweet This)
Award-winning author LINDA WOOD RONDEAU writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com, her blog, Snark and Sensibility, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Goodreads.
The author’s latest release, Fiddler’s Fling, like all her fiction, helps the reader realize that with God’s intervention, our worst past becomes our best future.
Places to connect with Linda:
Elaine Sightings This Week:
(so sorry–have no idea why there’s 2 advertisements, but there’s only 1 Giveaway)
Linda and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”