prod000989_lgSummer is upon us, a time for reaping the harvest of seeds sown. I dug in garlic cloves last fall and was surprised to see sprouts in March, despite our long, frigid winter. Early this spring, I sowed a mix of greens, the thinnings of which can now round out a meal nicely. Scrumptious—and healthy. My 7 tomato seedlings already have blossoms, promising a rich harvest of juicy, red globes. Two kinds of sweet corn. Do I need to go into the delights of that harvest?

     A number of years ago, I planted the seeds of a new novel—An Unpresentable Glory. I tilled the ground and watched the plot emerge, but according to three pre-readers, the story badly needed weeding. Taking their comments to heart, I did some serious cultivating and fertilizing, then watched it grow toward maturity. Another batch of readers are currently taste-testing it, and out of two responses so far (both positive), one declared it my best novel yet.

Now I’ve started constructing my produce stand and have a proposal ready to send to my agent, Joyce Hart. This Proposalincludes a

  • cover letter
  • “sell sheet” (brief overview of the story)
  • bio
  • story synopsis
  • market analysis
  • competitive analysis
  • marketing strategies
  • the first three chapters.

Joyce will hunt for a publisher, presumably starting with Whitaker House, but no guarantees there.
If/when a publisher is found, the editing process begins—one of the truly fun parts of it all. I’ve learned much from the five editors I’ve worked with in the past; they all served me well.
Next blog, I’ll share a bit about the story itself. The SuperFertilizer of prayer would be much appreciated.
In the meantime, HAPPY GARDENING! I’d love to hear what you’re planning to grow this summer.

Comment below, on Facebook, or via