A few days ago, all my daughter’s puzzles fell from their perch. The pieces mixed together. Unraveling that mess so that we could make pictures out of the pieces, frustrated my girl and me.
Turn the clock a few years back and it is good example of how I felt when I decided to step into the publishing world. I remember that I only knew of two pieces of the writers’ world that fit together: authoring a book and getting published. Yet the more I explored the more I encountered confusing ideas and suggestions about what to do with my writing.
In 2015, I went to my first ever writers’ conference, the CLASS Writers Contreat. That weekend a fiction author, Cynthia Ruchti, spent blessed time with me, talking about what I could do with my writing. Her advice was amazing. She has already been down the road of writing and publishing and has several books on the shelves of most bookstores around the nation. As we spoke, I felt like someone had come along side me and helped me find and fit together pieces of my own publishing puzzle.
Those days were priceless. Since then my writing career has exploded. I have a successful blog, a self-published devotional, and an active online ministry.
But, my puzzle isn’t finished. There are still many pieces that are missing, ones that cannot be placed until time and experience have revealed them to me. Still others I will excitedly move into place when hard work and dedication pay off.
Writing is a beautiful calling, but one that needs help from the experts and experienced. We are all trying to put our publishing puzzles together. We lose valuable time and waste precious energy when we struggle alone. Those authors who are ahead of us in the game are better at seeing the big picture. That is why conferences are essential to our growth. We are eager to commence, but we are frustrated by the complex task before us.
I for one, am grateful that I don’t have to struggle alone. This year, at the Writers Contreat, I will be able to hear from and pick the brains of successful authors and publishers of the Christian industry. I will also have a chance to receive teaching from ministry leaders who have hearts to encourage Christian communicators.
What an amazing opportunity. Get your publishing puzzle boxes ready!