My “harvest” up here in the north is a bit ahead of the rest of the country. The leaves are already on the ground and we’ve already had our first snowfall. My roses are cut and covered, my porch furniture stored in the attic. But I love autumn – the crunchy leaves, the fragrance of wood smoke in the air, the sense of a great summer completed. It’s not unlike finishing a long project … like writing a book!
My favorite part of writing a book is when it’s done. I remember when I heard Robin Lee Hatcher say this very thought at an early ACFW conference, and I agree with her. Phew! Relief. Satisfaction. Joy. Amazement. There is nothing better than finishing a story knowing you’ve given your all to the page.
But, it’s not really over, is it? Next will be edits, then proofing, then promotion, and finally … reviews.
And that’s why Lisa Jordan and her MBT e-zine staff have created an issue just for … well, the Harvest! What do you do after you finish your book? Maybe it’s not published yet, but there is still work.
- Like creating a fabulous website, a fabulously informative interview with Website Ministries owner, Jason Walker.
- Like getting your professional photo taken, as explained by Roxanne Sherwood.
- Like Self-editing! — a can’t miss post by Carrie Pagels.
And, if you’re wondering when and how you’re going to do it all, don’t miss Edie Melson’s excellent advice.
As usual, this issue of Voices blows me away as it equips the MBT Voices for another step in the journey. Encouragement from our Prayer Coordinator, Reba J. Hoffman, a recap of what an amazingly fun group we are by Beth K. Vogt (I agree!) and Rachel Hauck brings her insights with the Therapist Thought. Don’t miss anything in this issue!
Congratulations to the MBT Staff for another great e-zine, and thank you to all the contributors for their insights and wisdom. Now, I’m going to go get my blankie and re-read all the articles!
Then, of course, comes reviews…but that’s out of my control.