Almost four years ago it began. An editor in my Sunday School class encouraged me to start writing. With a prompting from the Lord earlier that same day, I decided to begin. It seemed like a rather innocuous journey. How taxing, how dangerous could it be…sitting in front of a computer and typing away? With vague visions of success and fame, I began.
I sent my first book proposal out to all the publishing contacts I could drum up. And the response was unanimous. Rejection. No interest whatsoever. OK…I thought. That was discouraging.
The next summer I tried again with another book idea. I sent it out everywhere. It was a repeat performance. Unanimous rejection. My discouragement turned darker. But the pull to keep writing would not leave. I had to keep at it. And I did.
This time I scraped deeper into my soul, peered deeper into my story, pondered deeper into the strange work God had been doing in me. And something new was birthed. It became a travelogue of my soul, a kind of de-allegorized Pilgrim’s Progress. I began to teach about it in my Sunday School class again. It became organized around the idea of landmarks. A landmark is something you know you need to move towards, even if you are not quite sure how you are going to get there. So I constructed nine of these landmarks in my own journey: Story, Idols, Scars, Sex, Identity, Battle, Bond, Mate, and Quest.
The response in the class was remarkable. I had hit a nerve. These landmarks weren’t just my journey. They were universal. They were everyone’s journey.
So I sent out the landmarks proposal to publishers everywhere. And the response again: unanimous rejection. Except one tiny ray of hope. An interested party that eventually rejected it. But I couldn’t stop now. I felt I was onto something. I found a book agent who was immensely helpful. We redid the landmarks proposal and sent it out again. This time we got a catch! Broadman and Holman wanted to sign me as a new author. Today I signed the final contract!!
The adventure now continues. More editing, art work, videos. I will update you on the blog as I get more news. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me. And thank you to the special woman in my life, Heidi. Without her I would have never even gotten to the first landmark in my own life.