Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Perfect Flower and the Right Fit for Your Writing


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

This flowering bush stopped me in my tracks. I was first struck by the rich purple of the blossoms. As I studied the plant, my photographer’s eye searched for just the right flower in just the right setting. It took several minutes before I chose this particular one.

It wasn’t that the other flowers weren’t as pretty, some had even more vibrant colors, but they weren’t at the correct angle or had too much sun or shade. I wanted to get a picture of the entire bush, but it was too large and busy to get in one shot. The flowers showed best when I focused on just one.

All of this made me think about my publishing journey. My manuscripts are each like one of the flowers on the bush. Each publisher has to study everything they get and decide on a perfect fit for them. It’s not that there is always something wrong with the ones they don’t choose, they’re just not right for them at that place or at that time. And no publisher can publish everything well. Each one does much better when all the attention is focused on it. 

The fact is that God is the one who's in control of my writing and publishing journal. And He can be trusted to find the place where my writing will be treasured.

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram

12 comments:

  1. Edie,

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of who controls our publishing--our Heavenly Father. We celebrate God's control in our lives--yet we also have to be on the move, creating excellent work and pitches, then reaching out to editors and agents with our work. Years ago I heard Paul Little say "God can't steer a parked car."

    Terry
    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

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    1. Terry, such a good addition! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Blessings, E

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  2. The flower is absolutely gorgeous and the analogy is spot on, Edie.

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  3. It's a beautiful flower. And I'm with you. If we have faith, God will direct us to the publisher where our writing will "fit." Truly enjoyed you words this morning, Edie.

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    1. Diane, I'm so glad I was able to encourage you! Blessings, E

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  4. In my writing, I think this insight has blessed me more than any other. Thanks so much for the reminder.

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  5. Several years ago a devotional magazine with a large reach published a devotional I sent to it. I looked on the blog that day to see the reaction. The general theme was, "This is what I needed to read this morning". I could see God's timing in it. I've submitted other devos. since then; none were accepted, so I've accepted that God is the One in control of my writing. Obviously, I have to work at it, but the end result is up to God.

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  6. What a strikingly beautiful photo! Thank you for that beauty from God's creation and for your reminder that God is in control of my writing and submissions!

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  7. Great analogy and wonderful reminder! Thanks, Edie!

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