Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Seekerville Welcomes Debut Bethany House Author, Anne Mateer + Giveaway



Cheryl here with Bethany House debut novelist, Anne Mateer. She's sharing her Genesis experiences and how they ended up leading to publication. Here's Anne!

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I almost didn’t enter the Genesis contest in 2009. And if I hadn’t, I might not be writing this post today.

But the reason I almost didn’t enter might surprise you. No, I didn’t fear low scores or harsh critiques. I’d had lots of those in the 9 years I’d been seriously writing and had learned to work through them, to use them to improve my writing instead of to beat me down. I didn’t even fear the let down of doing well. I’d done that, too, and learned a good showing didn’t portend a contract right around the corner. The reason I almost didn’t enter Genesis came down to motivation. Was I entering with a desire for a pat on the back and a boost to my ego or was I entering in a sincere effort to make my work better, to learn, to grow in my craft?

After much soul-searching and prayer, I decided to enter. Though I had finaled in Genesis in 2006 and 2008, it had been in contemporary categories. This work was historical fiction, my dream genre. I can remember as far back as my early teens dreaming of someday having a work of historical fiction published. But I knew I couldn’t view the results of this contest as the “make or break” point for that dream. I knew I still had more to learn, and I wanted to learn it!

I sent off my entry and dove into preparations for my first child and only girl to graduate from high school. Just before graduation, I received the news that my entry had finaled. Ten days after that ceremony, just after putting relatives on the plane to go home, I received an email from one of the final round judges requesting the full manuscript. Which hadn’t been written. (That was my summer goal: to have it ready by the ACFW Conference in September!) I’d been around long enough to know not to get too excited. This kind of thing had happened before, only to end in a nice rejection letter. But I pushed ahead, committing to walk through every door that the Lord opened and to trust every closed door as His hand shaping my career. I finished the book, sent it off as we loaded the car to take our daughter to college.

Fast-forward eleven months and many revisions. On the day we arrived at our daughter’s dorm room to pack her up and bring her home for the summer, my cell phone rang. That sweet editor, my final round Genesis judge, offered me a two-book contract. And I cried.

Never in my wildest dreams (well, okay, but only in my wildest dreams) did I imagine this scenario. But because this wasn’t my goal when I entered the contest, it made the experience much sweeter when it came to pass. And more humbling, because it was so clearly the Lord’s doing and not mine.

My encouragement to you? Keep entering those contests, but before you hit send, make sure your motivation is one of learning and growing in your craft, not a desire to hear others lavish praise on you or to relish a spotlight of success. Go in with a teachable heart each time, determined to fairly evaluate the feedback even when it is hard. (Oftentimes there is merit in the comments that at first stagger us. This doesn’t change with a contract. In fact, it makes it more crucial to learn how to deal with those!) When growth in your skill as a writer motivates you to enter those contests, then no matter how your scores compare to the other entrants, you always come out the winner.

About Wings of a Dream:
Publication Date: September 1, 2011 (Bethany House Publishers)

Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promised adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry. While she waits for the Great War to end and Arthur to return to her so they can pursue all their plans, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, seeing this chance to be closer to Arthur's training camp as God's approval of her plans.

But the Spanish flue epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's death, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebeka is torn between the desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.


About Anne:

Anne Mateer has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. A three-time Genesis finalist, her debut novel, WIngs of a Dream, releases in September 2011. Anne and her husband live in the Dallas area and have three young adult children.

Find her online:

Facebook
Twitter
Website/Blog
Amazon Link.
B&N Link


Anne is giving away a copy of her debut novel, Wings of a Dream to one lucky commenter so chat away!
Cheryl Wyatt & Anne Mateer

120 comments :

  1. Congratulations, Anne and welcome to Seekerville!

    Your book sounds so interesting and as a fellow history geek, I can't wait to read it!

    Patty Smith Hall

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  2. I can't wait to read this book. The premise captured my imagination right away.

    I'm a big fan of the Genesis contest. I know entering and receiving those critiques advanced me toward publication.

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  3. Congratulations Anne!! Enjoy your debut!

    What are you working on now?

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

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  4. Welcome ladies! In honor of Anne's Wings title, we have eggs for breakfast, however ya like 'em cooked. Toast and orange juice to drink plus your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. Turkey or pork, take your pick.

    For lunch we're having spicy wings in all flavors of barbecue plus Ranch dip. Homemade potato chips shaped like wings.

    Wing and airplane shaped cookies decorated with icing for dessert.

    Dig in!
    Cheryl

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  5. This was a really good post, and so timely. I sent in last-minute entries to the Golden Pen. And I debated a few weeks (right until the last minute) because I wanted to be sure that it would be 'worth my while'. By that, I mean, did I have the time and the energy and the inclination to go through the comments and apply them. So, in the end, I went for it! I don't have a critique group or partner, and the contests I entered this year were the very first time ANYBODY had read my WIP. *whew*
    Thanks for sharing your story!This is the sort of post that keep me coming to Seekerville!

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  6. Okay, I had a special, huge pot of coffee flown in just for Seekerville. Help yourselves.

    Congratulations, Anne.

    Helen

    P.S. I got a request for a complete today.

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  7. Anne,

    You have such a beautiful and exemplary attitude! It reminds me of one of my dear blogging friends who recently finaled in the Frasier contest - she was just as shocked as you were when she got the news, despite her talent and effort, because she went in with the attitude that she was going to learn, with no other expectations.

    I confess that I want to have that same attitude - meaning that I'm not sure if I have it now. I haven't entered any of these big writing contests, and I'm not sure if I'm ready. I hope that if I ever do enter any, that I'll model the humble example you and my dear friend have shown me. :) God's timing is always perfect, and I know I do have a lot to learn!

    ~Amber

    stokes[dot]a[at]suddenlink[dot]net

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  8. This set-up sounds MARVELOUS, Ann-with-an-E.

    Great twists and turns of fate, timing and God's plan. Wonderful! Thanks so much for being in Seekerville today!

    The Genesis was always good to me, too. And I love the people I've met through it, the friends I've made, the impetus it gave to a fledgling career. Wonderful contest.

    And Cheryl brought breakfast. I'm totally in!

    HELEN!!!!! DUDE!!!!! Happy dancing in the streets of upstate my friend! And thank you for the coffee, I'm on cup two and loving it.

    Virginia, I'm so stinkin' proud of you. It takes guts to put things out there. And were my original contest entries humbling beyond belief????
    Ha.

    Yes. Yes. And yes! Go get 'em!

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  9. congratulations anne...i would love to read your novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. Congrats Anne (with an E - I'm with ya Ruthy!)

    Lovin' your premise. It sounds like you emphasize personal responsibility in life too. Great post. Thanks for sharing another example of God's faithfulness! Would love to read your debut - may at maythek9spy dot com

    Yay Helen! Keep us posted!

    Cheryl, super yummy b'fast, and fun!

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  11. Congratulations Anne! I wish you much success! I enjoyed your interview. Such Faith you have had! When we let go and let God look at where he takes us!! Awesome!

    Your book sounds so interesting and I can't wait to read it. I would love to win a copy!

    Blessings!
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  12. Congratulations Anne!! I love the premise of your book. Can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for your blog today. I agree that entering to get feedback (both good and bad) is the best way.

    --Kirsten

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  13. Congratulations! I love historicals and am looking forward to reading yours.

    Jamie

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  14. Thanks, Patty. I love to meet fellow history geeks!

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  15. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraAugust 16, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Congrats Anne and thank you for taking the time to share with us. I love historical novels and yours sounds very good.

    Would love to win a copy. I brought some scones and tea to share. Enjoy everyone


    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  16. It's so true, Erica. The critiques make us better writers when we choose to learn from them.

    Looking forward to reading A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas!

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  17. Thanks, Eva. I've actually already turned in my completed second manuscript--which involves missions and auto racing in 1916! Currently I'm polishing a couple more story ideas in hopes of continuing the trend. :)

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  18. Good for you, Virginia! (Hear me clapping!) It takes so much courage to send your baby off for someone else to evaluate--and even more courage to take their feedback and apply it! You've taken a huge step forward!

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  19. Way to go, Helen. (And pass some of that coffee!)

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  20. God's timing IS perfect, Amber. You'll know just when you are ready. The Lord had to do many years of internal work with me before I could be at a place where I could even hear feedback on my work. And the internal work He began in me through my writing journey continues on. Thank you for your kind words.

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  21. Ruth--

    Do you remember that you called me for my first Genesis final in 2006? I don't ever think I'll ever forget your name because I was so completely shocked! :)

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  22. Thank you, karenk, KC, Judy, Kirsten and Jamie! I hope you win it! ;)

    And can I just say--y'all eat good around here! :)

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  23. Anne, thank you so much for joining us today! What a wonderful story!! I imagine that request helped you deal with the pain of letting go of your daughter (speaking as one who had a really hard time when my oldest moved 6 hours away to college!). :)

    Congrats!! This sounds like an amazing story. I can't wait to read it. Though I write contemporary, I love to read historicals!

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  24. Oh, Cheryl, do you know how much I love wings?! My favorites are at Buffalo's, Ruby Tuesday and a local place called Smokin' Po Boys (where they have a dry butter rub to die for). :)

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  25. Yes, Missy, it certainly did--especially since we sent her 8 hours from home! Now we're getting ready to send #2 (our oldest boy) 5 hours away, so I'm glad I have my book releasing to assuage that pain, too!

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  26. Welcome to Seekerville, Anne! Congratulations on your debut! I love historical fiction and your story sounds terrific. Is your second book part of a series?

    We believe in contests here in Seekerville and have experienced the ups and downs. Love the reminder to check your motivation before entering. Like you, I learned a final does not a sale make. But I've learned so much from contests!

    Wahoo!!! Congratulations, Helen, on the request!!!

    Thanks for breakfast, Cheryl. Will be back for lunch. And those cookies!

    Janet

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  27. Welcome to Seekerville, Anne.

    And congratulations on your sale.

    What a great story! I am so impressed you can walk the contemp and historical line and excel in both!!!

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  28. Oh Anne, what a sweet story. I know you feel the Lord has blessed you so much. I believe when we humble ourselves the outcome can only be from the Lord. Thanks for the chance to win your book.

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  29. Thanks, Janet. Book #2 is a stand alone, but set in the same general time period.

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  30. Tina--I tell people that the Lord gave me three contemporary stories to teach me how to write! My very first finished novel was historical and I had no idea how much I had to learn.

    I think I needed to be out of the genre I loved to see all the places where I was falling short (and still often struggle with!) before I could write the genre of my heart. Now that I've made it to historicals, I'm sticking here unless the Lord does something unexpected!

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  31. Thank you for your sweet words, Patsy!

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  32. Wow, Anne. Your testimony drew me. Thank you for sharing. I love how God works and I loved hearing how He worked for you. :)

    How far along were you with the book when you entered it into the Genesis Contest? I'm picturing a lot of writing before you were able to submit the MS. :)

    Please enter me into the drawing for your book. It sounds wonderful!

    Sheri dot salatin at gmail dot com

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  33. Looks like a good book to sink my mind into. Please enter me in the giveaway, and thank you.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  34. I really like to read historical inspirational fiction and have been excited about reading this book!!
    Please enter me in the drawing!
    Thank you,
    Lisa Nelson
    storyreader617(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Congrats to you. Your book looks like a good one to read. Thank you for the chance to win it.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  36. This book sounds so interesting!! When does it come out? I can't wait to read it! I love historical fiction! It sounds kinda like a Grace Livingston Hill book! :) I like the Anne with and "E" too! :) That is my daughter's middle name (Zoe Anne - with an "E")
    ~Joanna

    ZachandZoesMom@att.net

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  37. It's been a blessing and a privilege to walk alongside Anne in this process. Her book is beautiful, and whoever wins it will be blessed!

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  38. Congratulations, Anne! I love hearing stories like this. God's timing is always best. =] This sounds like a fantastic read--I love historicals.

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  39. ANNE!!! Welcome to Seekerville and SUPER CONGRATS on your debut novel -- it sounds WONDERFUL!! But then, I'm a little partial to the time period of WWI ... :)

    What a great attitude to have and SO much healthier on the psyche!! It's especially gratifying to see someone like you have their dreams take flight (pun intended)!! God bless you on the journey.

    And, YAY, HELEN, on the request for a complete!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. And you'd be right, Sheri! I had about 15,000 words done when I got the manuscript request. I don't know how I got it written that summer except that the Lord supernaturally cleared my schedule! And my sweet critique group went over and above getting it read and critiqued for me before I sent it off. Couldn't have done it without those girls (Mary DeMuth and Leslie Wilson).

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  41. Wfnren, Lisa, and Anglea--you are entered! Hope you win! ;)

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  42. Joanna--I love Grace Livingston Hill books! I still go back and re-read them sometimes. :)

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  43. You are huge part of this story, Mary! Bless you, dear friend! :)

    Yes, Patty, I prefer His timing to mine! :)

    Thanks, Julie! This time period is so very fun. Glad to join you in it!

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  44. Congratulations on your debut novel, Anne. Thanks for sharing your story. As another who is contracted because of a request from a final round contest judge, I enjoyed hearing how your Genesis final led to your First Sale. Contests are a great way to go.

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  45. Love that we have similar stories of publication, Kelli!

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  46. Congratulations Anne. How exciting! Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm taking the plunge and entering a contest next month as well as Genesis next year.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe

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  47. Congratulations Anne that's so exciting! Can't wait to read your book it sounds so interesting. I love historical fiction:)
    My dream is to get my historical fiction book published too...working through the critiques from the last Genesis contest:) Thanks for sharing your story...I needed to hear that!

    Lorna
    lornafaith at gmail dot com

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  48. I love the story behind your new novel, Anne. God knew the desire of your heart; His timing is perfect! I'm looking forward to reading Wings of a Dream - congratulations!

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  49. Good for you, Jodie! It's a huge step, but a faith-building one!

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  50. Anne (with an e), thanks for sharing your story!

    I'm so glad you shared your motivation for entering the Genesis contest. I entered last year for the same reason - to learn. And I did! I love contests just for that reason.

    And I can understand your feelings as your children go off to college - although for us, our two oldest children stayed behind while we moved 700 miles away. I'm glad they have each other!

    I love historical fiction and I'm looking forward to reading your book!

    jandrex(@)juno(dot)com

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  51. Thank you for sharing with us today, Anne. LOVED reading about your journey to publication, and the fact that you know this was the Lord's timing! You seem like a sweet person and your book sounds wonderful. Congratulations!! ~ Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo
    p.s. I brought some nice, COLD Georgia Peach Punch for those of you still dealing with HOT temperatures! ;)

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  52. P.P.S. Even though I brought Punch, I'm STILL having a cup of Helen's awesome COFFEE!!! :) PJ

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  53. Hi Anne, Thanks for joining us here in Seekerville. It is always so inspiring to hear about the journey. It amazes me how different our paths are and yet how much the same.

    Best wishes.

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  54. Virginia, are you a member of ACFW? American Christian Fiction Writers has an online critique group that many people love for the feedback. I hope you will check it out.

    Good luck with your stuff! :-)
    Cheryl

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  55. Helen, wahooo! DETAILS GIRL! Keep us posted! We'll keep all of our prayer fingers and toes crossed.
    Cheryl

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  56. Anne, being a racing fan, I LOVE the premise of your second book! Can't wait to read it. :-)
    Cheryl

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  57. Hi Anne!!! I'm sorry it took me so long to stop in today. It's so nice to have you on Seekerville!!!!!

    YAY! And your book is out. Mine too! Did I know our books were releasing together? Or did we have release dates when were met at Bethany House??? I can't remember. Anyway, fun!!! :)

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  58. Anne,

    What a wonderful, inspiring story! Congrats on your debut! You must be so excited.

    The Spanish flu epidemic caught my eye. My great-grandfather died in that epidemic and left my great-grandmother pregnant with her fifth child - the oldest, my grandfather, being only 10. So it would be interesting to read about it.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Cheers,
    Sue
    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

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  59. Patti Jo, I have a friend who has a pet squirrel! A seriously wild one they tamed and I thought of you.

    Geaorgia peach tea sounds SO yummy!

    Got a glass of that in my left hand and a cup-o-Helen's coffee in my right.

    Anne, I love your heart. Thanks for being with us today.

    Cheryl

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  60. Now, you see??? Anne has a much more positive spin on it, but fundamentally, I think she adopted my own attitude of hopelessness.

    It's a great mindset for an author. Plan on defeat, rejection and failure and you can handle everything much more easily. It's much easier to CHEER UP than it is to have your hopes high and have them slammed to the ground. That hurts.

    That's what you meant, right, Anne?

    :)

    It's my Eeyore Theory of Writing

    Embrace it.

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  61. So glad my story encourages you, Lorna! Keep working!

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  62. LoL Mary. I love your Eeyore Theory.

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  63. Jan--we keep threatening to do that to our kids! :)

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  64. Cold peach punch sounds awesome for this 100 degree summer we're having in Texas, Catmom!

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  65. LOL Cheryl! I learned a ton of fun stuff while I was writing it. Hope you (and other racing fans!) will enjoy it!

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  66. I know! So fun, Mary! Can't wait to read yours. It was such fun meeting you!

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  67. Sue, it affected so many families. Some people don't even realize that was the cause of some of the twists in their family history!

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  68. Your book sounds like a great read, Anne. I love historicals set in the first half of the 20th century. Congratulations on its debut. Thank you for sharing your story about its entry into the Genesis. You have such a humble attitude. The feedback from the Genesis and other contests
    has been invaluable. I feel that thanks to the comments that judges have given me, I'm improving. Your journey been an encouragement to stay the course. And congratulations to Helen, too.

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  69. That's exactly it, Mary! If I am not expecting it I won't be disappointed, but I might be surprised!

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  70. Anne, it's great to have you in Seekerville today, and I'm really looking forward to reading your book! I've grown quite fascinated with the Great War era, especially personal stories from the people who lived through it. Hard to imagine what they endured!

    Besides the detailed feedback you get, I love that the Genesis offers so many categories rather than lumping everything into one big group like the Golden Heart and other RWA contests with inspy categories. It's helpful for the judges, who can give better critiques by reading in their preferred genres. And it's good for the entrants because they're competing with their genre peers instead of having a contemporary romance up against a time-travel fantasy, for example!

    So, Anne, what one piece of judge's critique or editorial advice would you say you found the most enlightening or valuable?

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  71. Anything can happen. Your story proves that. Congrats, Anne!

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  72. Lunch, lunch, lunch....

    Chicken salad.... shrimp salad.

    Croissants, lightly toasted or fresh.

    Peaches and plums fresh from the roadside stand up the road a piece. Sweet tea. Fresh coffee. Cooler of Cokes, all varieties.

    What a great and engaging guest to have in Seekerville! Yay, you, Anne!

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  73. Ruthy, what a yummy lunch! Thank you.

    Isn't Anne, great!
    C

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  74. Y'all make me laugh! I'm just thankful I'm hidden in cyberspace typing replies! I fear I'm not nearly as engaging in person! :)

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  75. Ms. Mater, I'm glad you entered and was inspired reading your story. I hope to be able to read your book soon :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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  76. Thank you, Faye, for your sweet words.

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  77. Sounds like a great book, please enter me.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  78. Myra--I've been noodling on your question (and waiting until I got home so I didn't have to try to type anything long on my phone!), but I think I have an answer.

    After the first round of judging when I entered this story, 2 of the 3 judges suggested I chop off about the first page and a half. Now understand--I loved that bit! Being a first person story, I thought it set the tone and the voice. So did my critique group. But the judges both mentioned that the point at which they suggested the story start was a point of action. My crit group and I all (though grudgingly) admitted their point to be a valid one. But we all loved the beginning. It felt kind of like chopping off waist length hair into a pageboy cut--terrifying, but ultimately freeing. Once I'd done it, I acknowledged the stronger beginning to my story. So I sent it on to the final round without that beginning character monologue, so to speak. And you know the rest of the story. :)

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  79. Anne,

    I'm so excited to read your book - especially as it starts out in Oklahoma!

    Thank you for sharing your publication story. I love your sweet spirit. You are an inspiration.

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  80. sure glad you persevered and made it Anne, Looking forward to this new book, I think I saw there were wings being served today and I love hot wings. congrats on the new book and keep on keeping on, would love to be in your drawing, Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  81. Thanks, Anne--and great analogy! Making a cut like that can be scary, and we do get so attached to our own words.

    You made another good point as well--that if you get the same comment from 2 or more experienced readers, it's wise to take it seriously.

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  82. I love your sweet spirit, too, Regina! And can't wait to read your book this spring!

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  83. Thanks, pol. Wish some of those wings would appear on my table so I didn't have to cook tonight!

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  84. Cheryl!! Am LOL at your comment about the pet squirrel!! Would love to see him(or her)! Hugs, Patti Jo :)

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  85. I enjoyed your post, Anne.

    I skimmed down and appreciate that nugget you gave in response to Myra asking the most important advice. You said it was chopping off the first-person "monologue." I needed to hear that.

    So, this book I'm going to win is in first person POV?
    :)

    Fingers crossed that I win. lol

    cathy underscore shouse at yahoo dot com

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  86. Love your confidence, Cathy! And yes, it is first person POV.

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  87. Congratulations!! God Bless

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  88. Congratulations, Anne! I also finaled in a contest (the GH) and sold my manuscript because of it. I definitely a fan of contests, the feedback and the opportunity of getting your work in front of editors.

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  89. I think that makes at least three of us here today, Cara Lynn! Love that God uses all kinds of different paths to publication!

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  90. Hi Anne...I really liked what you said about keeping an attitude of humility and having the right motivation. It's so good for me to read the great advice all the Seekerville contributors share because I'm just starting my writing journey. I appreciate the honesty, too. It really helps to get a real picture of what could lie ahead. Thanks! Blessings~Stacey
    travelingstacey(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  91. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  92. Stacey--being at the beginning and reading what others have to say and learning from that is such a wonderful place to be! I know you are gleaning good things from all the ladies that are regular contributors. Of course we all continue to learn more and more as we walk this journey--about writing and faith and life!

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  93. So glad you stopped by, Rebecca!

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  94. How exciting! I love hearing about new authors and their personal stories!

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  95. Oh, no, I'm late!!!

    D'Ann, I can't wait to read your debut! Congratulations on landing such a great publisher! God bless you, girl. I'll never forget that conference in 2009 when we sat together at the Bethany House late night chat. BH was looking at your book and asking for changes, and Zondervan was doing the same for me. We were both so excited and yet so afraid to get our hopes up! You are such a sweet person. I hope our paths will cross again in the near future! And I'm very happy for you, as you well know!!!

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  96. That was such an amazing conference for both of us, Melanie, as we teetered on the edge of our dreams. So glad the Lord made our paths cross at that moment in time!

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  97. Helen! Congratulations! Isn't it so great to get a request, and not a rejection?? I have a folder FILLED with rejections and only a few requests. They make me feel so happy!! It's like a promise... waiting...

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  98. Hi Anne! I may be arriving late, but I didn't want to miss an opportunity to congratulate you on your sale!

    Many more to come!

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  99. Helen! Your coffee was all gone by the time I arrived, but news of a request made life all better!

    Congratulations!!

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  100. Congratulations. That is a wonderful story.

    I just finaled in a contest. You're giving me hope.

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  101. I'm so late getting here, but I just wanted to say I loved your post, Anne! It's so encouraging.

    I have about 20,000 words in my WIP so far and haven't tried any contests, but I may try one next time around now that you've shared your testimony.

    I also had to decided about cutting my prologue and half of the first chapter, but I did at the advice of a Seekerville critique and am so glad I did. It's strengthened my story and given me a new look at how the reader may view my ms.

    Looking forward to reading your book and the others you said are in the works. Missions and auto-racing! Sounds thrilling!

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  102. Walt! Do share! That's wonderful. :-)

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  103. Congratulations on the publishing of your debut novel Anne! I'd like to say that I love the cover of your book Wings of a Dream and the title is wonderful as well.

    For someone who is just starting to pursue her dream, I appreciate your words in this post. It always helps to motiviate me when I hear of a debut author's journey.

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of Wings of a Dream.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  104. Congrats, Walt! Finaling in a contest is such a great encouragement to keep writing and keep learning.

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  105. Natalie, I'm so glad my story encouraged you. That's why we tell our stories, isn't it? And good for you to take the plunge and cut to the "real" beginning of your story. It takes courage. Keep at it!

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  106. Thanks, Cindy. And blessings to you as you embark on this journey of storytelling!

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  107. Always exciting to learn of a new author and with Bethany House as her publisher it makes it even more exciting.

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  108. Thanks, Mary. I am very humbled to be associated with the authors who have written and still write for Bethany House.

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  109. What a great story, Anne! My debut book coming out next year is also set during the Spanish flu. Thanks for sharing your experience. It sounds so exciting!

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  110. How cool, Jennifer! I got interested in the Spanish Flu epidemic when I understood how drastically it changed the course of my family history--on both sides of the family!

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  111. Congratulations on your debut novel.
    Just packed my youngest off to college. You don't want to know how far away he is. I feel your pain. Also joy that they are moving forward in life as they should.

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  112. It is a bittersweet feeling, Jackie, but I do love seeing them fly on their own. One of my years of college was spent a 24 hour drive from home! I'd have stayed longer but my now husband decided to go to graduate school back in my home state, so back I went.

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  113. Congrats, Anne! Please enter me in the draw, as this sounds like a fun book.

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  114. I can't wait to read your book, Anne--I know it will be lovely and inspiring. It couldn't help but be. Your spirit is inspiring! God Bless!

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  115. Cathy! I can't wait to see you! You are SUCH a big part of this story getting written. I still get teary-eyed when I tell people about our God-encounter in the prayer room in 2008!

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