The Year I Went Off Course

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I have run the Picture Book Marathon since 2010. But after 9 years of successfully completing the race, in 2018 I went off course for a very exciting reason.

November 2017, I had participated in my ninth Nannowrimo, (National Novel Writing Month). The fantasy middle grade novel that I wrote that month was one I knew I wanted to spend time and effort to revise and rewrite in the coming year.

The holiday season was a time to put aside the novel and enjoy family and friends. In January an opportunity arose to test the level of interest my novel would gather. Hurriedly, I rewrote and prepared the first six chapters to apply for the opportunity to appear on Kindle Scout for one month. 

Four days into February 2018, with 4 picture books completed, I learned that Kindle Scout accepted my submission. Starting February 5, 2018, the first six chapters of my book were available for people to read. 

 I was overjoyed! 

For the rest of February, people were reading my book! It was even called  “hot and trending” several days. There’s not a better feeling to a writer than to have his work read and enjoyed.

The rest of February was spent sharing this event with friends and family. That’s how I went off course in Picture Book Marathon of February 2018.

The positive feedback from that month supplied the energy to work on the novel to its completion. That’s the year I went off course from the Picture Book Marathon.

And that’s the year a whole new adventure began.

2 thoughts on “The Year I Went Off Course

  1. Mary Marsack

    In reading “The year I went off course” you said (not verbatim) other people’s comments inspired you to finish another writing you had started. It is amazing how we can surge ahead in an area of life when we are encouraged by positive words and gestures of others. It is not that we are looking for praise or glory, but rather affirmation and conformation that we are on the right track. Sometimes detours are necessary for us to get to a desired destination. Just like the train tracks, there can be even a short sidetrack, in order to make way for something or someone in our lives. It is so good to know that our steps are ordered by the Lord. With Him as our engineer, we will never go off the track , nor be derailed!
    💞MM

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