Linda Wood Rondeau: What’s God Saying About My Writing Success?

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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. 

 

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

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.”

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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:

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Author’s Bio:

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:

Website

Snark and Sensibility (blog)

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Goodreads

Amazon

Elaine Sightings This Week:

(so sorry–have no idea why there’s 2 advertisements, but there’s only 1 Giveaway)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always with You by Elaine Stock

Always with You

by Elaine Stock

Giveaway ends April 02, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Linda and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”

 

41 comments to Linda Wood Rondeau: What’s God Saying About My Writing Success?

  • An honest and true post many other authors will relate to, Linda.

    • elaineadmin

      Autumn, thanks for visiting. I was still getting the last minute kinks straightened out when I saw your FB message shoot into my email inbox… and to think we’re several thousand miles apart, over an ocean, and a huge time difference. Wow! I love the advantages of technology! Thanks so much for sharing on FB. And now I have the Tweets all set 🙂

  • LINDA/HOTCHA1

    Hi Linda, not read you before and hope to see your babies as soon as get credit at Amazon. Good Luck with your writing!

    • elaineadmin

      Linda, thanks for the visit. Oh, how I wish I had tons of “play money” to spend on the books I want and then all the free time to read them! You can try winning Linda’s novel right here–just respond back in another commentary with your e addy or send it to me via the Contact Form.

      Hope to see you again.

    • Thanks Linda. I do hope you enjoy my books. If you do, I’d be honored if you’d leave a review. And please be sure to enter this giveaway!

  • Thanks Elaine for allowing me to share my heart.

    Thank you Autumn for your encouragement.

  • Darlo Gemeinhardt

    Linda,, remember me. You were the person who read my story and told me it cried out to be written first person pov. I changed it and found my true voice. But I’m still waiting to be published. Have an agent now. Your message inspires me.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Darlo. Welcome to Everyone’s Story. I love 1st Person POV stories–love reading then and writing them. I’m thrilled that Linda has inspired you not to give up!

      Hope to see you again.

    • Yes, I remember you Darlo, and I believe you won a writing award at a conference I attended.

      Wishing you well with your writing. Called to obedience!

  • Thank you for sharing your struggles with honesty, Linda. It is a tough market out there
    and as authors we need to focus on the Lord for sure. I appreciate the reminder.

  • Karen C. Prough

    I can understand the “lows”. Yesterday I walked into our local bookstore to just check how many of my books were left. Women from my husband’s 50th class reunion were going to stop in and look for it. I was pleased to see that all of them were gone! Then the punch in the stomach happened. The young man working there recognized me and came over to tell me that they would no longer put my books on the shelves…even though they had been selling. Higher ups said only books published by the “big names” would be allowed. He went and got the remainder of my books from the back room and gave them to me. He kept apologizing. 🙂 Maybe, it was the oar from the “sinking boat” that hit me! Ha. Have a great day tomorrow!

    • elaineadmin

      Oh, Karen, my heart lifted and then dipped for you when I felt your “punch.” It’s such a vicious world we live in: can’t make it as a BIG author unless our books sell, but can’t sell our books unless the consumer sees them, gets excited, and picks it up to buy. I really enjoyed your debut novel, THE GIRL CALLED ELLA DESSA, and hope you keep penning the stories you must write.

    • Also a reflection of our times. It’s not about quality but name recognition. I am working on a non-fiction. A larger publishing house requested a proposal. On the guidelines it says, “Platform is more important than content.” That is the age in which we live. But if God wants it out there, it’ll get out there. His way. His terms. We are called to obedience.

  • Thank you for sharing from your heart. Your words and honesty, blessed and encouraged me. As a new Indy author, I, like you, have asked myself that very question numerous times. And just like you, God reminds me often that in His eyes my success is based on my faithfulness to His calling, not to the measure of my book sales. His ways are definitely higher than my ways which is something my finite mind has difficulty grasping. You’re right, He asks for our obedience above all else. Thanks again for sharing. I wish you the best and may God bless your obedience to His call. Your books will definitely be on my list of books to read in the near future!!!

  • Ivani Greppi

    Linda, you are a talented writer and God is using you to encourage others in their own struggles. You are a source of inspiration to me. God bless you my friend.

  • Linda, You are respected in the Christian writing community and you are a positive influence on many. I do understand your feelings. (((hugs)))

  • Hello Linda:

    Your comments about not achieving sufficient sales success reminds me of a famous bible quote:

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,” Isaiah 55:8-9

    Or to quote Garth Brooks:

    “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

    I’ve given success and motivational seminars over the years in which I loved telling this story:

    A man was never very successful in the career he believed God called him to follow. When he finally got to heaven he asked God why he wasn’t more successful living according to God’s own plan.

    “What do you mean, not successful? You’re here aren’t you?”

    Sometimes being a Christian means getting answers you’d rather not. But then again, at my advanced age, maybe I’m just a Christian who has settled.

    “Let go, let God”.

    But you know what? I’ve come to believe that earthly stuff, like material success, is up to our own earthly efforts. As a famous general was fond of saying, “God is on the side of the big battalions.”

    And before these thoughts can leave me a little less ‘this worldly’ optimistic, I’ve just downloaded your, “It Really IS a Wonderful Life”, to cheer me up.

    Vince

    • elaineadmin

      Vince– thank you, thank you! What wonderful words to hear!

      I always enjoy when you visit.

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Vince. I keep trying and trying and trying. Like knocking on a hundred doors before you get to the one that will finally open. But, God keeps reminding me, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” I do believe He expects us to put feet to our faith; but ultimately, without Him, success is meaningless.
      Thanks for ordering IRIAWL. If you liked the classic movie, I trust you will enjoy the book. It is a tad autobiographical as I met my husband doing Community Theater.

  • It isn’t easy letting go and letting God. We are too human. And publishing is just so hard. Do hope you keep on writing, Linda. Your books have inspired so many, me included. Praying blessings on your writing today!

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for sharing those thoughts, Pat. I agree!

      I’m personally learning how true it as about how “it never gets easier” and that’s why I’m so grateful He has my back!

    • Thanks for stopping by Patricia. If my words have inspired or helped anyone than I am grateful for God’s leading me into this profession. Recently read that Abandonment for God is not doing something expecting God will respond in a way we’d like. Rather Abandonment is a response to something God has already done.

  • Hi Linda! A friend shared your post with me today after I complained at our writing group that I was frustrated with the publishing process. And yet, I know that God has called me to write at this time and I need to be obedient. Thank you for your timely words and encouragement to stay true to God’s calling despite the ups and downs.

  • Toni

    Keep following where God leads and you will find the “success” you have been looking for! I love the books that I have been privileged to read so far, and looking forward to reading more. Finding “good reads” can been a challenge in today’s market. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

    • elaineadmin

      Good advice, Toni! I’m glad you visited and hope to see you again.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and for your words of encouragement. God is good. I’ve recently learned that the word translated “good” in most scriptures means “perfect and sinless.” Understanding that makes God’s love and intervention in our lives more amazing.

  • elaineadmin

    Another great week has sailed by on Everyone’s Story. Thanks smooch, Linda Wood Rondeau, for making it a very special and lovely week. I’m not quite sure who lifted whose spirit the most: you helping your numerous viewers or your thoughtful viewers encouraging you… or perhaps a lovely mix 😊

    Thanks too, Linda, for the generous BookGiveaway of FIDDLER’S FLING. And the winner of Linda’s novel is…

    Darlo!! Congratulations, Darlo! Both Linda and I will contact you in direct emails. Happy reading.

    Blessings to all.

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