Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Me & My Invisible Guy & Years of Waiting
I have news. That pretty book cover you see above? That's my brand new YA novel and it releases in just a few weeks. I don't have actual copies yet but the release date is getting closer and closer!! (February 5th!)
And yes, that's a different name on the cover, but it's still mine:-)
But this post isn't really about sharing my book with you, it's about waiting.
I first sketched out the idea for this novel - title and everything - back in 2006. The original book was written in 2007 and in the fall of 2008, I met my "future" editor at a conference. She liked the story idea and asked to see it.
In 2009, she asked to see the whole manuscript.
Later that year, she suggested some revisions.
In 2010, she asked to see the full manuscript again. More revisions.
In 2011, they were happy enough to take it to committee and then purchased the book.
Through 2011 & 2012, there were even more revisions. So. Many.
And now, FINALLY, the book is coming.
A SEVEN year journey with this one novel. That's a really long time, and I often didn't think I'd ever see this book published. I love this story. I'm thrilled that I will finally get to share it with others. And even though the 'waiting' is now over with this journey, I'm still waiting in other areas of my life.
Right now, you might be waiting on lots of things. and we can often think that once those things become reality we will be able to relax and focus on God and school, etc...
But it's a lie.
We will always be waiting on something. Waiting on college letters. Waiting on a guy to marry. Waiting on a job. Waiting on a move. Waiting on a baby. It just never stops.
The key is to really focus on your relationship with Christ and search for Him in the midst of the waiting and wondering. It's not always easy. But it's a skill we have to learn. Why? Well, if you aren't continually waiting on and looking to God for His will, then it's easy to get impatient and go running off in a wrong direction. And that definitely isn't worth it!!! God's plan for us is ALWAYS better than our own.
So here's to new books, new years and a God who is ever faithful!
What are you waiting on? Let's pray for each other!
Sarah Anne Sumpolec - www.sarahannesumpolec.com
Me & My Invisible Guy - find out more here!