It is with great pride, oh who am I kidding. I'm so excited if I was a puppy I would be wetting the carpet. I just received an e-mail from my editor telling me that in two short days she will have completed her editing efforts on....my manuscript.
That's right, my long-awaited debut novel is alive and kicking. This has been a labor of love, to borrow a cliche. My life-long dream has been to become a published author. Not a famous one, nor a rich one, simply a published one.
A couple of years ago I had a poem published (didn't earn a dime) and in the writer's bio I wrote the following: To me, a writer's words are his or her voice. There is no greater gift from the LORD than being able to have one's voice heard and received with power and impact on people's lives that can lead to transformation of their mind, body, soul and ultimately their lives. If anyone listens to my voice and it has power, impact and the ability to transform, it's not of me it is of the LORD. I will continue to have a voice, and I pray someone will listen.
This manuscript is 45 years in the making. I've been writing since I learned how but, life, marriage, kids, work and a bunch of other excuses always got in the way of me completing a manuscript. Then I decided that I would wake up my slumbering dream and give it the life that it deserved. Because a dream is still a dream, no matter the age of the person or the dream. So yes at this stage it hasn't been published yet, however that is a mere formality. I'm going to self-publish my novel and use the skills I've acquired over the years in sales and marketing and present "my dream" to the world.
I believe that GOD blessed me with the ability to write and that in doing HIS purpose, my dream may inspire someone else to awaken their own.
I will keep you updated on my progress in putting my voice into print. Dream my friends, live my brothers and sisters and in doing so, always give GOD the glory in your story.