I finished at 9:45 p.m. Saturday evening and sat staring at my computer.
Is it really done?! After starting “the book” over four years ago, setting it aside–thinking it wasn’t going to be puslished–for 18 months, and having it edited and reworked three times, the writing and editing is done.
I really can’t believe it. Four years of a project being in the wings, you get used to think about it from one perspective. Turning a corner and coming at it from another angle is a bit jarring. I was alone and it was night. Somehow the quiet of the evening and it just being me, the book, and God after the slug fest this wonderful project has been, was the appropriate reverent response. No crowds, no big moment, not even ice cream (!). Just silence and stunned awe.
Now, I’m not done, done. Still need to work on the cover, the back cover, the acknowledgments, the formatting, the marketing plan, and figuring out tax stuff. But still, what makes a book, a book are written words that have been cleaned up from too many thats, justs, things, and not enough commas (my eternal flaw!). A huge hurdle after 14,597 attempts, has been been cleared.
I have so many of you to thank. If you read my first draft and this final draft, you’d see tremendous improvement in my writing. This space and your kindness to comment and share and just do life in the messy middle with me have grown me as a writer and observer. Thank you.
I’m aiming for a January release. Looming Transitions: Finishing well on the road to or from serving cross-culturally will be in the hands of those getting ready to go to the field, leave the field, or be teamed with someone in major transition. Isn’t “Looming” a fun word?!
Since there wasn’t ice cream, let’s go with my second love, a book giveaway! My friend Amy Sullivan is launching a book book series this week called “Gutsy Girls: Strong, christian women who impacted the world.” Amy sent me an advance copy and here’s a gutsy girl I know reading book one about Glady Aylward.
Can I tell you the truth? I’m a bit of a book snob and at times Christian books, children or adult, make my skin crawl at how cheesy they are. It’s embarrassing. So, when Amy asked me if I’d look at the series and see what I think, I wanted to help her for three reasons. 1. She has an awesome name, Amys need to stick together. 2. She was the first person who trusted me to guest post back when I was nobody. I’m still nobody, but I’ve never forgotten her kindness or the I compared myself to Mother Theresa (yikes!). 3. I’m all for gutsy girls (and boys).
But I also knew it was a risk because, you know, of the snob part.
Guess what?! This book is well written, the lay out is great, and the illustrations are engaging. Even Marsha Young, the expert on all things children’s books is impressed.
Amy has kindly offered to send one of you and electronic copy! Leave a comment and on Thursday, I’ll randomly choose one of you. Let’s celebrate :).
But this is a book worth buying and not just hoping you win because it comes with a card game and curriculum you’ll get free you free if you buy is this week. If you home school, work with Sunday School, lead Pioneer Girls, want some added material for your own kiddos OR know someone who does any of the above, this is an excellent resource. If you buy it before September 25th, for the freebies. Below this I’ll put more information about the freebies and how to get them if you’re interested.
Cheer with me, will you, that gutsy girls aren’t just a thing of the past as I’m feeling a bit gutsy myself (and scared that Looming Transitions will move from idea to reality).
Grace and Peace,
EARLY ORDERING FREEBIES:
- You get the book early! Yay! But if that isn’t enough (what?), here are the other shockingly fabulous incentives.
- A PDF of Gabfest, conversation starters for girls. Simply open-up the PDF of Gabfest and print it. Later this fall, Amy will sell a printed version of Gabfest from this site, but for people who order Gutsy Girls early, Gabfest is free, free, free! Here are a few sample cards.
3. You will be entered to win one of two Live Gutsy paintings completed by the illustrator of Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World, Beverly Wines.
4. You will receive a PDF of a five page enrichment packet which includes activities to extend Gladys’ story long after you finish reading the book. This packet of enrichment activities is perfect to use with Sunday School classes, students who are homeschooled, small groups, or at the kitchen table with your own kiddos.
HERE’S HOW TO GET THE FREE LOOT:
- Go to Amazon and order either an ebook or a paperback copy of Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World.
- Email Lisa at LisaVanEngen@gmail.com by Friday, September 25th, and let her know you purchased a book. We are using the honor system, friends. No need to send Lisa the Amazon receipt. She just needs to hear from you via email. Again, you must email Lisa for the freebies or we won’t know you purchased a book.
- Lisa will send you the shockingly amazing freebies. The winners of the Live Gutsy paintings will be announced via social media on Monday, September 28th.
Now back to the Amy who writes The Messy Middle ;)! Leave a comment — about anything: high fiving me, high fiving your favorite gutsy girl, high fiving the weather. Today is a day to celebrate!