Readers, I need your help with my new writing project. I’m not asking for your editing expertise. I don’t want you to finance my writing. I’m asking for something much more precious–your prayers.
Back in June I published the short ebook, Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life. I told you that future writing projects would depend on its success. Besides creating a PDF version, I made a Kindle and Nook version for my readers’ convenience. I was not expecting to sell more than a handful. I even joked with one reader that I would buy my kids a gumball from the proceeds.
Well, it looks like God had other plans. In June and July, I sold over 900 copies on Amazon. The ebook reached as high as #4 on Amazon’s Top Catholic Books. Since I started offering it for free at Smashwords, Amazon reduced the price to free on August 1. So, I am not making much money on it any more (it’s still selling for a small amount in some foreign countries), but over 1800 people have downloaded it for free through Amazon. That’s besides the hundreds I have given away through Contemplative Homeschool and other venues.
I am flabbergasted!
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded a copy, whether free or for $.99. Thanks again for all the reviews on blogs and Amazon. You have been a blessing to me.
Now I am writing a full-length book on one aspect of Carmelite spirituality. I hope to self-publish it both digitally and in print form some time next year.
Over the next several months, I will be looking for beta readers to do in-depth critiques, then reviewers. But right now I’m just asking for your prayers.
Writing a book while implementing my own homeschool curriculum, maintaining two blogs, and being a good wife and mother is not easy. My house is in a perpetual state of messiness. (Okay, let’s be honest, it would be anyway, because I like neatness, but I don’t like to clean.) Sometimes I get discouraged. Sometimes I wonder if this is really God’s will or I’m just catering to my desires. Other times I get writer’s block, sore muscles from too much typing, or too little sleep.
I need prayers for humility and listening to God. I need prayers for patience with myself, my children when they interrupt me, and new technology I must learn before I’m done. The devil never misses an opportunity to bring us down, especially when we are spreading the Gospel.
I will reveal more details about the book as time goes on. I don’t want you to get bored with the subject before it’s finished.
Thank you to all who will be my partners in this project, even if I never know your name. God bless you with great closeness to Him in Heaven.