Saturday, June 15, 2024

How Taking Photos of Flowers is Like Getting Our Writing Published

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

This flowering bush stopped me in my tracks. I was first struck by the rich white 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 perfect shapes and petals, 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.

This metaphor can be applied to many things in life and I for one, will try to remember this lesson the next time I face disappointment.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16


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.

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