Receiving Rejection

IMG_0038I was hoping to post that I would be attending the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in July, but I was declined. I was discouraged for about two minutes and moved on. I’m going to receive many rejections. If anyone had told me last year that I’d have my own blog site sharing the journey of my fledgling writing career, I would have laughed out loud. Something that made me recover easily was a book I picked up, When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti. On paragraph three of her “Acknowledgments” page she said “My Abington editor, Ramona Richards, blessed me deeply during this process, championing the book and the way it was written, encouraging me when I needed it most, and introducing me to the joy of working with editor Jamie Chavez for the substantive edit.  Much gratitude to you both and to all of the brilliant and talented Abingdon Press team….” I always read the “Acknowledgments” of any book because I want to know if they mention their editor or agent. If I like the book and it’s of a similar style to my own writing, the agent or editor might be someone to consider in the future. I was encouraged because the editor she mentions, Jamie Chavez, is my editor.  See Jamie’s blog from last week  “Stacking the Deck in Your Favor.”  Cynthia Ruchti also mentioned that it was an eight year process to produce When the  Morning Glory Blooms. God’s timing is always perfect. I’ll apply to the Sewanee’s Writers’ Conference again next year. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing.

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Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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