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Musings Welcomes Fay Lam!

Please welcome Fay Lam to Musings! I’m thrilled to turn my blog over to her and listen to her story. Her journey to publication. Take it away Fay!

Writing has always been my stress release. I started this form of therapy as a child, and it wasn’t until my early twenties that I began to realize that God had given me a gift, and that the gifts He provides are not to be squandered on self. They are meant to be given to Him and to others. That’s when I seriously began to ponder what I could do with this gift.

Fast forward some multitude of years,. I traversed various hills and valleys learning the writing craft, studying punctuation and grammar, soaking up wisdom from those who write the books I love to read, and attempting to write the books I want others to love to read. Through those years, I’d written quite a few novels.

In the midst of my several books comes a character named Michael Hayes. He was weary, worried, and worn out. He tells me that he knows a little boy named Cole Putnam. He’s his fiancèe’s seven-year-old boy. Time has separated him from the woman he loves, and Cole isn’t his child. However, Cole is definitely on this earth because of the mistakes Michael made, the danger he allowed to overtake both he and Issie.

That story captivated my attention and became Because of Me. The story was so clearly embedded in my mind that I wrote it fairly quickly then sent it through several rounds of critique.

When I thought it was ready, I entered it in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Contest, and I reached the finals that year. At the ACFW National Conference I brought everything with me that I needed to pitch to an agent and editor. I sat confidently across the table from an editor in a well-known publishing house who took a look at my one-sheet and told me that my work was too complex for Christian fiction.

First of all, it was a one-sheet. There’s not a lot of room for complex on a one-sheet. Secondly, I wasn’t going to argue. I smiled and listened to the suggestions, and decided that I had been handed a challenge. My next appointment was with an agent who promptly went about telling me how to rewrite the story for a serial romance publisher.

No offense to serial romance publishers, because I write those types of stories, too, but the editor and agent I had the appointments with missed the point, or I wasn’t driving my point home loud and clear. Because of Me wasn’t written as a serial romance for a reason. There are issues, deep issues meant to get both Christians and non-Christians to think about the fact that God is in the details of our lives. This story could not be written within the confines of a serial, formulaic romantic suspense.

I do want to clearly say that this wasn’t the editor or agent’s problem. I just hadn’t found the right outlet for my story. I came home, and I set Because of Me on the shelf while working on some formulaic contemporary romances, hoping that my complex stories would sell once I’d proven myself with less issue-driven fiction.

But apparently the Lord had other plans.

Not long after the conference, my friend and critique partner, Kathryn Bain, invited me to lunch with Treble Heart Books editor-in-chief, Lee Emory. Lee sat with us for three hours explaining her idea of Christian publishing.

Not to sound a little too formulaic romance, but my heart beat rapidly, my breath caught, and I nearly swooned. Okay, I wasn’t that bad, but I was excited. Lee seemed to like my pitch as well. She told me exactly how to format the story and asked me to send it to her.

You’d think that was the end of my journey, but there were a few catch-your-breath moments. The first response I received from Lee was the best rejection letter anyone will ever find. Her reviewer said things like, “I couldn’t put down the story. Well edited.” But the reviewer had trouble with Christ-like forgiveness and, well, the violence.

The rejection letter didn’t end there, though. Lee asked me my opinion on the review.

So, you can imagine my response.

My reply netted me another review. This one was returned with similar comments: “I couldn’t put down the story. Well edited.” The only difference? This reviewer added, “Write the contract.”

And that’s how Because of Me and this author found a publisher that trusted its reader to get the complexities of the story and the message that God is always working in our lives.

Because of Me by Fay Lam

Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.

Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing, a division of Treble Heart Books.

Purchase the book at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1

Or at Treble Heart Books at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html

Purchase the book at: http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1

About Fay :

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.

Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.

In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

Leave a comment for Fay! She’ll be keeping an eye here today. Or tell us about your journey to publication :)

5th Anniversary Beyond Her Book PW Bash!

Welcome to the Par-Tay
It’s all about romance around here today, so I volunteered up the moodlighting and champagne. Maybe some strawberries and chocolate.
I’m giving foot rubs to all who stay a minute and have a glass or two with me. I mean, as long as you’re not driving…enjoy yourself. Heck, stay over. We’re all friends here, eh? *waggles eyebrows*

Aside from those meager offerings, I’m also shipping a box of romance books anywhere in the continental US. Details below:

Giveaway: A box of books! Romance paperbacks & my debut sweet romance novella, Bloom.


Paperbacks include:
  • Winning it All by Catherine Mann & Emily McKayInside by Brenda Novak
  • America’s Star-Crossed Sweethearts by Jackie Braun
  • Under Wraps by Joanne Rock
  • Dangerous Magic by Devin McKee
E-book novella:
  • Bloom, A Honey Creek novella by Julie Anne Lindsey

To be entered stop by Beyond her Book and leave any comment <– This link takes you there *Poof*

Happy 5th Anniversary Beyond Her Book!

 

 

BLOOM Blog Tour: Visiting the Peanut Gallery!

Welcome to my very first ever blog tour! *Squeeee!!!!* My debut novella BLOOM has officially launched the new Honey Creek imprint from Turquoise Morning Press as well as my Seeds of Love series. You’ll find me every day (Monday-Fridays) this month blogging about writing novellas, Honey Creek, my amazing new press and getting your foot in the publishing door, all around the web. Each day I’ll update where you can find me and I’ll be tracking comments. Let me know you stopped by dropping me a Hi there comment and you’re entered for a $10 Amazon gift card at the end of the month! We all need another book or two!  So stop by and say Hi!


Today on the BLOOM Blog Tour You can find me:

Musings From the Peanut Gallery Blogspot! <– Click here and visit me today!

WELCOME TO HONEY CREEK

Honey Creek, Ohio is a place where anything can happen. Nestled in the lush green of rolling Midwestern hills, crops, combines and crows pepper the landscape, but inside Honey Creek there’s a whole lot of mischief going on.

In January 2012, my debut novella, Bloom, will launch the Honey Creek line forTurquoise Morning Press. I’m planting Seeds of Lovein Honey Creek.

The Seeds of Love series will be sprinkled throughout the year.

I hope you’ll drop in and enjoy the bouquet.

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.
Available now on Amazon!
 

BLOOM Blog Tour Day 29! *Lindsey Bell’s Blog*

Welcome to my very first ever blog tour! *Squeeee!!!!* My debut novella BLOOM has officially launched the new Honey Creek imprint from Turquoise Morning Press as well as my Seeds of Love series. You’ll find me every day (Monday-Fridays) this month blogging about writing novellas, Honey Creek, my amazing new press and getting your foot in the publishing door, all around the web. Each day I’ll update where you can find me and I’ll be tracking comments. Let me know you stopped by dropping me a Hi there comment and you’re entered for a $10 Amazon gift card at the end of the month! We all need another book or two!  So stop by and say Hi!

Today’s stop on the BLOOM Blog TourLindsey Bell’s Blog! <– Click here and visit me today!

WELCOME TO HONEY CREEK

Honey Creek, Ohio is a place where anything can happen. Nestled in the lush green of rolling Midwestern hills, crops, combines and crows pepper the landscape, but inside Honey Creek there’s a whole lot of mischief going on.

In January 2012, my debut novella, Bloom, will launch the Honey Creek line forTurquoise Morning Press. I’m planting Seeds of Lovein Honey Creek.

The Seeds of Love series will be sprinkled throughout the year.

I hope you’ll drop in and enjoy the bouquet.

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.
Available now on Amazon!

 

Writer Wednesday Welcomes Meredith Zeitland

Meredith has come my way through the fantabulous Wow! Women on Writing blog tour. I love them. If you’re not familiar with their awesome blog, please stop and check them out. She has graciously offered to blog for us today on Writing as a Second Job. I am so thankful for this because I struggle to support and encourage writers who try to keep up when they just aren’t home. I can’t imagine the stress that can create if you let it. So, I curtsy to Meredith who will shine a little inspiration our way today!

Writing as a Second Job

I’m a very lucky gal, because I have not one but two jobs that I can do wearing my pajamas 90% of the time. Do you have any idea how long that contract with the devil took to negotiate?!

Well. It took a VERY long time, I’ll tell you that much.

My first job – my “real” job, if you will – is being a voiceover artist. I’m one of those ladies on your TV and/or radio who is always insisting that you go buy stuff. Which you should totally do, by the way, because you definitely need it. Go get it right now! (If you’re interested, you can check out my voiceover website here: www.mzspeaks.com, or feel free to ask any questions about v/o in the comments section.) Anyway, my schedule is pretty flexible and varies from day to day, which means I have lots of time to write… and have become an expert in procrastination as a result.

I’ve always written – articles, blogs, reviews – in my spare time, but I didn’t really call it a second job until Putnam bought my book. (A book that I’d written in the same slapdash fashion as everything else, by the way.) Suddenly I was faced with a sudden realization: I was a real writer! I had to be serious about it and write every day and stuff like that! And… I totally didn’t do it.

My friends who are full-time writers have these very impressive, set writing schedules, which I think is amazing. They have to be so focused in order to earn a living and keep on top of deadlines and other important things. It’s proven much harder for me to follow suit, partly because I am the world’s laziest person, and because I always fall victim to negotiations with myself. Like, if I’ve already earned money doing voiceover stuff that day… don’t I deserve to watch 16 episodes in a row of “Law and Order” as a reward!?

Maybe the real truth is that I’m not quite brave enough to have just one career. The security of having another job gives me the freedom to relax and enjoy writing instead of feel pressured to produce, and I’m really grateful for that.

That said, I should probably get down to business. (Right after this episode of “Law and Order.”)

What do you guys do when you aren’t writing???

You can follow my daily adventures on Twitter: @zeitlingeist

Freshman Year and Other Natural Disasters by Meredith Zeitland

Let’s say you’re fourteen and live in New York City. You’d think your life would be like a glamorous TV show, right? And yet . . . You don’t have a checking account, much less a personal Black American Express card. You’ve never been to a club, and the only couture in your closet is a Halloween costume your mom made from an old laundry bag.

In other words? You’re Kelsey Finkelstein – fourteen and frustrated. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled. Kelsey wants to rebrand herself for high school to make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. But just because Kelsey has a plan for greatness . . . it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary and sardonic narration of her freshman year will have readers laughing out loud – while being thankful that they’re not in her shoes, of course.

About the Author:

Meredith Zeitlin is a writer and voiceover artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles. In case you’re wondering whether any of Kelsey’s experiences are based on Meredith’s own, the answer is NO WAY. When she was fourteen, Meredith looked and behaved perfectly at all times, was never in a single embarrassing situation, and always rode to school on her very own unicorn.

Find Meredith online:

Meredith Zeitlin’s Twitter: @zeitlingeist

Meredith Zeitlin’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FRESHMANYEARBOOK

Meredith Zeitlin’s website: www.kelseyfinkelstein.com

Meredith Zeitlin’s blog: http://www.kelseyfinkelstein.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=2&Itemid=3

 

 

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