I’ve been working on queries again this week. EEK! I sent out one email one last night. I fully expect it to be a rejection but at least it didn’t bounce like it did when I sent it a couple months ago – you know, before I made a bunch of edits to the book itself.
This morning I was working on my query for Steve Laube – my top choice for an agent at this point. Why? Because he’s well respected in the industry. He works with some great authors.
And he lives in Phoenix.
Where I grew up. And where, if he’s my agent, I may have to visit sometime. You know. For business ;). Yeah. That’s it =D.
Seriously, though, he’s a top choice for many other reasons, but gets a + for location.
Anyway, I was going through the submission requirements and one of the things his office wants is: If this is a Christian novel and you had to choose a scriptural foundation for the book what verse would you use?
I was talking to Jan, my ‘mom’, and was feeling a bit down. How do I really know this is what God wants me to be doing? What makes me think that I will get an agent and contracts and everything else? Me out of everybody in the whole wide world who’s written a book? I hadn’t really though too much about the scriptural foundations. Nate and Mandie are Christians. They go to church. They believe God has a plan even if they can’t see it. They read their Bibles and pray, but it’s more of an overt overtone than a quoting scripture verse every other page type thing, so this was something I was prepared to agonize over.
Then it hit me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I pasted it to Jan in the chat window. Even as I thought it, I knew that it wasn’t just meant for Nate and Mandie, but for me, too. I may not know what the plans are, but I know the Lord has them for me. Plans to prosper [whether economically or otherwise] and not harm me.
So, I have a verse for Mandie and Nate. I have a verse for me. So the sense of humor? Or timing maybe is a better way to put it.
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the memory verses from my Bible study group this summer. And probably the only one I actually remember at the moment ;).
And on the ‘prosperous’ note – today, I’m writing that check to pay off that student loan!
Edit: My pastor’s wife posted the same verse to her daughter on Facebook today! Think God’s telling me [and Rebekah?] something? 🙂