Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Ups than Downs

So, I just heard from my agent, Joyce Hart from Hartline Literary. Remember that great endorsement? Well, Harvest House requested the entire manuscript of The Master's Wall!

Pray they like what they read. Actually, pray they LOVE what they read! Pray they're so WOW'd by what they read that they HAVE to publish it. LOL

One thing I learned is it doesn't hurt to ask. The worst God can say is "no." Right?

Anyway, the proposal to The Master's Wall is sitting on six editors' desks, having already been rejected by Bethany House. Here's what they said about it:

Thanks for passing this one along. We feel that, while Sandi is a strong writer, this story isn’t the best fit for us. There seems to be a fair amount of violence and the romance is between characters who are quite young. Please do keep us in mind if Sandi has anything else come up in the future.

Really, the "romance" between David and Alethea is comparable to the "romance" between Anne and Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. They were also "quite young," in my opinion. And, there's a lot less violence in The Master's Wall than in many of Francine Rivers' books. Honestly, I thought my book would fit Bethany House the best. But oh well. I don't see anything like The Master's Wall at Harvest House. So, we'll see. I'm asking God to put my book in the right hands.

I do have a small press interested in it, but Joyce thinks I can land a bigger house and would like to give it a shot. Our goal is to land an editor by September; otherwise, we'll go with the small press.

Oh, and it's finally safe to announce that The Master's Wall was a finalist in the Genesis! Because of that, Zondervan would like to meet with me at the ACFW conference in September. It's there that I'll find out whether The Master's Wall will place or not. Either way, being a Genesis finalist is totally awesome! Whoo, hoo!

And so . . . I wait.


  1. Congratulations on the progress toward a contract. I'll add my prayers to yours. :)

    I'd wondered which of your manuscripts was the finalist and now I know. Being a finalist is amazing ... and scary. I'm working hard to get the rest of my manuscript up to the level of those first pages.

    And doing lots of situps so I can fit back into the dress I would like to wear to the awards banquet. Just in case, you know. ;)

  2. This is so wonderful. I am so excited for you. I'll be praying and praying. I'm getting soooo excited about conference. I am so proud of you. I'll cry if you are first in Genesis.

  3. Wonderful news, Sandi, I'm praying for you.

  4. GREAT! I'd write more but keyboad is dyin. urck.

  5. Goooooooood news! Hang in there and you'll see it published!

    I received your email while I was out of town and can't remember if I responded to it. Will you have more articles in Rocky Mtn. Christian?

    I have a selection posted on Family Fountain today from my forthcoming book on Proverbs devotionals if you get a chance to visit. wb

  6. God will get it to the perfect publisher and it will be accepted. Sounds very exciting!

  7. Great direction. It's always so satisfying to have outcome from effort.

    Well done.

  8. Your writing is great; some lucky publisher will pick up The Master's Wall.

  9. Congratulations on all of your good news, Sandi! You're going to get a contract soon. I just know it. :) You go, girl!