Part 1: Contagious Joy Writing Series
I believe that there is a plan and a purpose for each person's life and that there are forces working in the universe to bring about good and to create a community of love and brotherhood...those who can attune themselves to these forces--to God's purpose--can become special instruments of His will.
- Coretta Scott King
At noon today my daughter, Selah will become ten-years-old. For those of you who follow me on this blog and throughout the blogoshphere know that today you are witnessing a miracle. I should have been dead ten years ago, seven years ago…shoot: three years ago. And I believe if it were not for your prayers, support, and encouragement I would have been. Moreover, if it were not for your prayers and encouragement I wouldn’t have received a publishing contract this year.
Ten years of working hard to manage and improve my heart condition, to become a better person and parent,to promote great writers, and to not just stay alive, but fight to live a better life… to see this day my cup runs over with joy. In the past ten years—and especially the past few months—I’ve received calls and emails from aspiring writers and published authors on how did I get a deal during a time like this in publishing. The economy is still down, the digitization of publishing has the industry in a quagmire, major authors are losing contracts, bookstores are closing, and agents are more selective than ever before.
How did I get across the gatekeepers and land a deal without an agent? It’s simple. Live with Contagious Joy.