Today I’m on Novel Rocket talking about my writing journey. Join me for a chance to win an autographed copy of Driftwood Tides! http://www.novelrocket.com/2014/10/interview-with-our-founder-gina-holmes.html
Recently I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in St. Louis and among the published writers I felt a sense of defeat and weariness. I felt it from within more than anything. It wasn’t just me though. Many writers are tired. Tired of working a day job and then coming home and writing all night, only to wake up at the crack of dawn to do it again. Writing isn’t the most wearisome part of the job either, the promotion is. We get tired of spamming our friends, posting promotions and contests, writing blog posts that may take hours to write but pay nothing as a way to get our name out there to more readers. Many authors are losing contracts all together, which makes those of us who have them feel guilty for feeling weary. We’re the lucky ones. We should be walking around kicking our heels together.
Publishing is a tough business and writers fall left and right, leaving either by choice to just live their lives without all the pressures, rejections and constant work that being published
entails, or else they’re forced out because their sales numbers just weren’t enough to entice a publishing house into signing them to another contract.
I attended ACFW in the hopes of lifting some of the weariness from my shoulders (much of this had more to do with my own battle with illness than anything else), and get a reminder of why I’m in this business to begin with.
Allen Arnold (former publisher at Thomas Nelson) showed a youtube clip of Derek Richmond, a young Olympian who injured himself during a big race. He fell to the ground . . . but he didn’t stay down.
This clip was exactly what I needed… a reminder that just because we fall, doesn’t mean we have to stay down.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful
And now the prize awaits me–the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
We’re not promised that the work we are called to will be easy, quite the opposite. The Olympian’s father said afterward that he couldn’t be more proud of his son. I can understand that and I know you can too if you’ve watched the clip. A gold medal couldn’t have made a parent more proud than watching your child limp over the finish line.
Whatever health, family, financial or other problems you’re dealing with lately, remember that God will never leave you. Continue the work God has called you to. Limp if you must, but finish the race.
To help promote my latest novel, DRIFTWOOD TIDES, I’m giving away this completely amazing book table.
Here’s how to enter:
During the month of September, 2014
1. if you buy a new copy of Driftwood Tides, latest novel by Gina Holmes Ebook or paperback), simply friend her on facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/gina.waters.372 and message or comment that you purchased it. (Receipt with date will be required if you win and the date must be by Sept. 29th, 2014.
The winner will be randomly drawn on Sept 30th, 2014, and announced on my facebook personal and author page. You will also be notified via fb message if possible.
Winner will have 7 days to claim their prize, provide a valid shipping address (continental US only) and phone # for shipping purposes and receipt of purchase during the month of August or September, 2014.
2. No purchase neccesary: You will also be entered if you post a review on any of the major book buying sites before Sept. 29th, 2014 You will still need to friend Gina at above fb address and comment with a link to your review. If you win you may be asked to prove you are the author of the review.
Prize may be substitued for prize of equal value. (unlikely)
*You may enter more than once 1 entry for review (regardless of how many sites you post review) , 1 entry per new book purchased (kindle or paperback, receipt required dated prior to Sept. 29th). *If you do not wish to purchase a book but want to enter via review, you may borrow it from local library, bookswap or friend.
“Holmes weaves a superb story of discovering how to forgive.” Romantic Times
“Holmes weaves a superb story of discovering how to forgive. The tale flows delicately when it needs to and is hard-hitting at other times. The balance allows the novel to unfold in a way that is most satisfying in the end. “
Saturday, Sept. 20th from 1-3pm.
Hope to see you there!
Wings of Glass is free beginning today (Sunday, June 13 2014) on CBD, Kindle, B&N and other ebook sites.
The INSPY Award is a blogger’s choice award for inspirational fiction. Today it was announced that Wings of Glass has won in the General Fiction category. This award is particularly close to my heart. This is what they said: “The field of nominees for the General Fiction category had some of the best books we have read this year, making this year’s selection process difficult indeed. After a lot of in depth discussion, we are awarding the Inspy to Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. A moving account of a woman’s struggle with self in the face of spousal abuse, this novel will touch your heart and soul. Powerfully personal, beautifully written, with highly relatable characters, Gina Holmes’ novel presents a message of love and hope that Jesus always offered to everyone He met.” Read about the other finalists and winners: www.inspys.com.