Moving on

Friday, November 16, 2012


You know the old 1941 song made famous by Glen Miller, sung by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Beyonce.  Its love song lyrics go like this:

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song.

It goes on to say:

I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I could call my own......

Writing a fiction book is a lot like entering a love relationship with a real, live person.  You certainly have to get inside the character to the point that he or she becomes real, and you have to love that character through and through.  That's the writing part.  Then, you have to find an agent and/or a publisher who falls in love with that character.  That's the hardest part.  And all the while, you have to hang on to that dream that drove you to the writing and carried you through the desolate days, weeks, and months of waiting for someone in the world out there to connect.

This is my official announcement that my YA novel written in verse, CRAZY, will be published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company sometime in 2014. Today I've been running around the house like a mad woman singing this song, because the tune is as seductive as a contract offer, and the words lilting enough to lift my feet right off the floor.

I have lots more of the process that I want share in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, I simply want to bask in the warm glow, give all the glory to God, and keep on singing AT LAST......


  1. At last!!! Praise the Lord and so happy to bask in the glow of your wonderful news!!

  2. Excellent news, Linda! I am so pleased this has worked out for you and for CRAZY! You see? You just had to keep going! :)

  3. Yay! Congratulations! Dance! Sing! Celebrate!

  4. Happy dance! Happy dance. I wish I was there to hug you. Congratulations

  5. Thank you all for your kind words and support!

  6. Dear Linda,
    I am so proud of your perseverance and your delightful way of announcing your contract! Hip Hip Hooray for you!

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Joan,

      Thanks so much. You are such a terrific encourager, and I really appreciate it!

  7. So thrilled to hear about your happy ending!
    It just shows what can happen with talent, hard work, and glad it has happened to you.
    Can't wait to buy a copy! Miriam

  8. WOW! Praise the Lord! I'm thrilled for you.


  9. Thanks Miriam and Jean,

    I'm hoping to respond to Carol's nudge and get back to the critique group soon (or another mini retreat at her house??).