Last fall, after a long dry spell during which I dealt with some health problems, I started writing again. Then in December I posted here on NRJW that I was about to submit a book proposal to my editor. I did submit, and last month I received her reply.
The story, she said, did not fit the tone of the Love Inspired line.
Okay, I knew I was taking a chance. I even told her that. But I really liked the story, so I had to give it a shot. And as it turned out, that "bad news" from my editor opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
I decided to publish this novel myself, as an e-book.
I want to say that I've enjoyed writing for Love Inspired, and that I'm deeply grateful to them for publishing my first four books. But I have often wished I could write a longer story and perhaps color outside the Love Inspired guidelines. And now I have that chance.
I plan to release my e-book in July.
At this point I don't know whether I'll submit to Love Inspired again. The door is still open; my editor invited me to send something else, and she said they were eager to have me back under contract. I'd be honored to write for them again, but right now I want to finish this e-book. After that, if a story suitable for Love Inspired pops into my head and I can get a proposal on my editor's desk before she forgets my name, I'll do that.
I can't wait to see what happens next!