Interest and enthusiasm wavered as the months passed by but finally I had the completed manuscript in hand and was ready to find a publisher. I prayed for the Lord’s guidance. I had no idea what to do and that big discouraging word, “Liable,” flickered in and out of my thoughts.
The Lord led me to a publisher but before submitting my long hard work in typed form I called the publisher. I explained to the man on the other end of the phone line that I had been sexually abused as a child and even though the book is not about that it is mentioned, it was my Dad who abused me, and I had changed names. Would this prevent me from having it published? “You’ll have to get a legal waiver from him.” The voice on the other end of the line stated. “He’s dead.” was my reply. “Oh! Dead people can’t sue!”
That’s what “liable” meant! I finally got an answer and excitedly sent my manuscript. It was accepted and months later I had an appointment for my yearly mammogram and had just raised the garage door to leave when the UPS truck pulled up. He began unloading box after box into my garage.
Looking at the return address I suddenly yell, “It’s my books!” I think I scared the poor driver half out of his wits with my sudden excitement. Apologizing, I said, “It’s my very first published book!” Of course he congratulated me and went about his business.
Tearing open the top of one box I grab four books and hug them close to my chest, after much admiring and dancing around the garage. My excitement level is out of this world! Glancing at my watch I throw the books on the passenger seat and speed off to get the “girls” squished.
Sitting in the waiting room with the top half of my body wrapped in the infamous blue hospital gown I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I have four books in my lap and I have to keep jumping up to go to the ladies room. Two ladies are in the waiting room with me and make a comment about my frequent rushing to the bathroom. “Are you okay?” One lady asks? “I’m just so excited I have to keep going to the bathroom. Maybe I should have wore a diaper.” I laugh. Holding up one of the books for them to see, “I just got my very first published book!”
The lady who had asked if I was okay replies, ” You wrote a book? Let me see.” The other lady asks to see also so I hand each one a book. “Have you shown these to anyone?” the first lady asks. “No, You’re the first.” “I want the very first copy and sign it saying this is the first copy.” “Me, too. I want the second signed copy.” the second lady states. I sold two books within an hour of receiving them!
I was shaking so bad I could barely write my name. In my wildest dreams I never ever imagined someone would want my autograph, much less in a book the Lord and I wrote!
God keeps His promises!
NOTE: This book is now out of publication but if you would like one as my FREE gift (I’ll pay the postage – USA only) e-mail me your address and I will happily send you one. I DO NOT SHARE YOUR ADDRESS! If you want it signed to a particular person, include that. One free copy, any more than that is $10.00 + $5.00 postage each. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org