2017–The Year of the Book!

Last night about 8:00, I finished my last run through of The Dream of Shiloh.  Even after five go-throughs…I still find things I want to change.  I have decided that no one ever finishes writing a book…it is an eternal process of revising, rewording, additions, and subtractions.  Regardless, I am going to put this one in concrete.

On Monday afternoon, I am going to talk to a publishing consultant at Create Space and decide on a time for publication.  The decision came after a lot of back and forth with myself.  I would have loved to have the book published by a Christian book publisher, but I couldn’t cut enough of the story out to make it fit their “parameters” for a historical romance.  I tried and did cut a few thousand words, but I think to remove any more would alter the story I am trying to tell.  So, I’ll publish this one and try to make the next one “short” enough to offer for publication.  I am just vain enough to want to see if I can write a book that someone wants to publish!

I have learned so much since I began this process of writing, editing, and thinking about publishing a book.  I loved the writing part.  At times I could hardly get the words on the page fast enough.  I do believe that the Holy Spirit was pouring out the story for me and I was a scribe.  Of course some of those productive times were followed by the bane of “writer’s block” when I could put two sensible words together for days at a time.  I found real joy living in the world of Mac and Laurel MacLayne in this state I love in the days leading up to the Civil War.  When I found my new home site back in May of 2016, the story took on even more meaning for me, as my new and final home is only a quarter of a block off Old Greensboro Road, which is the Old Military Road I talk about in the Shiloh books.


Moving and publishing The Dream of Shiloh at the same time…truly a dream coming true.  I am blessed.  The Lord gave me a dream and a story.  He also has taught me a lesson.  If I will persist in His calling, He gives me purpose, joy, and a sense of significance.  I wish all of you the same gifts!  Happy 2017!!!  And God bless us everyone.


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Writing has become my second career. Learning to put my stories in a format to be read, interacting with other writers, and seeing people enjoy my books make my days busy and purposeful. Blessed by God, I have a gift that allows me to follow a new path during my retirement.

One thought on “2017–The Year of the Book!”

  1. Pat:

    I can’t imagine that anyone would not want to publish your book or any other writings. I find myself caught up in your emails and explanations about the progress of getting your book published. Keep up the good work!!

    Brenda J Thakkar

    Chief Financial Officer

    Universal Companies LLC dba Universal Scaffold & Equipment LLC

    PO Box 2195

    Memphis TN 38101-2195

    901-942-1511 FAX: 901-942-0778


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