I recently attended an event in Wausau which included a festive array of hot air balloons. As a dozen brightly patterned balloons were inflated and launched, I was reminded of the soaring hopes I had three years ago when my debut novel, Mirror Images, won the Women of Faith contest and was published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.
I had visions of Mirror Images becoming an overnight sensation. With the recent release of my second book, The Jonah Complex, I still feel the exhilaration of seeing my story in print, but I no longer have any illusions about how hard it is to market a new project without a carefully thought out strategic plan, lots of networking, and patience.
Unlike a colorful balloon on a beautiful summer day, it takes more than hot air to launch a successful book. It takes years of work, careful editing, and a great support system. I am blessed to have a bright and encouraging husband, a circle of loyal and caring friends, and a God who has taught me patience, humility, and a clear awareness that whether my book sells one copy or a thousand, He is in control.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps — Proverbs 16:9