It is hard to write a book, much less get it published!
My friend’s eyes were sparkling as she told me about the book she was writing.
We were in the food court at the local shopping centre and she believed our running into each other was a gift straight from God.
It took some time to hear about the autobiography and I have to say, I was a good listener.
Then the question came. “So how will I get it published?”
My friend’s eyes were eagerly watching me, expecting.
A thought ran through my mind 'Speak the truth in love'.
Ever so gently I gave my friend some tips.
It was her turn to listen.
Everything I was saying seemed very hard for her to take in.
My friend’s eyes were darting from my eyes to my mouth, waiting for an opportunity. Her responses were fast and frequent in coming as I spoke. She didn't own or know how to operate a computer, her story was in long hand. Her friend, who is a teacher, was good at editing. Everyone she knows wants to read her book.
What could I say?
I encouraged her to keep writing, to get her story down, even in long hand.
I told her to be careful not to over use the word ‘that’. I encouraged her to go to the Library, to read lots and to have a turn of the computer there. (Particularly to look up Christian Writers Downunder blogspot)
I encouraged her to keep writing, to never lose the enthusiasm for her story.
My friend’s eyes were still sparkling as we parted. Her emotional tank was full and she felt truly blessed to have bumped into me…..a real author, with a real book.
I’m not sure whether her story will ever make it into book form but as Lucy Swindoll says ‘Nothing is wasted in God’s economy’.
My emotional tank was full too, I loved being able to share my writing journey and the experience I have gained over the years.
What do you think; did I give the right answer?
A self-published real author, with a real book.
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