Thursday, August 18, 2011
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. - Bob Parsons
For those who don’t know, after almost twenty years, the Heartsong Presents book club is coming to a close. The publisher, Barbour Publishing, is still publishing and will continue to publish a lot of wonderful books, but the specific line I’ve written three books for will close at the end of the year.
Several people have asked me how the changes will affect me. My second book in the series, Canyon Crossing, will still come out to the Heartsong Presents book club this year. I turned in book number three, Canyon Café, on July 1st, but I’m unsure of how it will be released. They’ve told us that books that were scheduled to come out after the line closes will probably come out as ebooks or as part of a collection.
I’ve only written Heartsongs (45,000-50,000 words) but I’ve always had ambitions to someday write trade-length books (80,000-100,000 words). While I’m disappointed that the line is closing, it is pushing me to take a leap of faith and work on a novel I may not have had the courage to write. Because the Heartsong editor was willing to work with me without an agent, I never aggressively pursued finding one. So it does feel a little like I’m starting over, but that’s okay. It’s exciting and a new test for me. I’m feverishly working on a new novel, and soon I’ll begin the hunt for an agent. I’m trusting God to lead me where He wants me to go.