I did not write my book, it is an inspired work from God, and I give Him all the credit and Glory. This is what must happen to become truly successful. Using God as your teacher in all things and staying in tune with Him is a must.
After that course ended, I concentrated on my manuscript that I had begun some time ago. I rewrote parts, editing it until I was pleased with the words. I then wrote a "personal" and from the heart query letter. Now, I needed a publishing company. I prayed for God to guide me to the right one. I got on the computer and Googled Christian publishing companies and Tate Publishing was number one on the list, being one of the top Christian publishing companies in the country. I thought, "Okay, why not go with the best." I researched their web site to the max and loved everything about them... Especially when I read, "Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization with a mission to discover and market unknown authors." "Join the Tate Publishing family today and make your dreams a reality!" I thought, "Oh, this could work." My faith told me that God brought me to them for a reason and I was at rest with my decision. Then, I read, "We receive tens of thosands of submissions and author inquiries each year, but we choose to accept only a small percentage of the authors who submit manuscripts to us." Wow. More doubt, but still pressing on through faith, shaking that doubt off.
I went on to complete my manuscript, and the next step before submitting it was the most important step. I held my manuscript, got down on my knees and blessed it, asking God to direct it to the right people who will love, nurture and accept it. THEN, and ONLY THEN was it ready for submission.
I received an email right away that confirmed they had received it. Then, I waited about two weeks and received another email saying that it had been given to an Acquistions Editor who was assigned to me and she would be reviewing it within the next few days. All this time in waiting, I continued praying, having the distinct and confident feeling of faith and expectancy that I would become published.
Finally, on a Tuesday night around 7pm, the doorbell rang. I thought, "Who could that be at this hour?" I opened the door and the UPS man was hopping back in his truck. Inside the door he had left a Next Day Air envelope from Tate Publishing. I immediately knew my manuscript had been excepted. Why else would I receive such a package? I opened it and read the words which began, "We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to issue you a formal offer for your book "A Man Named Noah." and that my book was "chosen on the basis of writing ability, concept and most importantly - marketability." I then read the words written below by the Acquisitions Editor, "I enjoyed receiving your chapter book! Great fit for Tate Publishing." ...and God knew it would be, all along!
Excitement and joy spread over me. All I could think of was to thank God for His promise, which I did, and I wept tears of happiness for the blessings I had received. I ran into my daughter's room, who, at my appearance, thought something was tragically wrong. I handed her the letter and she danced around the room with me in great joy.
Always remember not to let doubt from the enemy creep in through negative people stating things against what you're working toward. "Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." I, very humbily, became published with my very first submission, and with a "personalized" query letter, through the Grace of God and the people he led me to.