It’s first thing on Saturday morning. The mail arrives: two unpaid bills and an ominous self-addressed envelope. Yet another rejection letter from a publisher. I turn them over while I make a coffee to calm my desperation.
“Lord, help my finances. Guide me to the right publisher. Amen” As the hot water hits the coffee and the aroma rises, I recall the verse:
“May my pray be set before you like incense…” Ps 141 v 2
I imagine the coffee vapour carrying my prayer heavenward into the Father’s hands, and I am comforted.
“Mom, you’ve got mail.” My son waves the letters right in my face. I try, unsuccessfully to hide my grimace.
“What’s the point of even opening it? I know what is says.”
“Hey, I’ll do it.” He opens the envelope and reads out: “Unfortunately, we are unable to publish this time…How manys that now, Mom?”
“Nine. And it’s always the same response. ‘The book is well written but due to an overwhelming number of quality manuscripts we do not currently have the resources to publish yours.’”
“So why not self-publish? Mrs Simon self-published a recipe book online.” Mrs Simon is an elderly neighbour. My son has been helping her use the internet to publish Christian articles and book a holiday online.
I’m ready for the self-publishing question. “You need time, patience and technical ability to format and upload your book. I don’t know how to market it online.”
I rub my eyes and will my brain into action. I may still be half asleep but he seems to be talking a whole different language.
“OK. Please. Slow down and explain for me. What is ‘Zoo-lon?’”
He talks fast and waves his hands around. “Xulon. It’s the biggest Christian publisher of print-on-demand and digital books. They sell publishing packages that include editing, formatting, cover design, ISBN number, listing with major distributers, marketing…”
“Marketing? They’ll market my book too?!” Now I’m excited too.