A couple of weeks ago I received my long-awaited boxes of books.
I reached in and carefully brought one out. It was pristine. The cover was shiny with no finger marks. Gently I opened the book.
The very first page began three pages of testimonials – remarks from folk who read the Advanced Reading Copy (ARC). They used words and phrases like “wonderful writing, honest, personal, compelling, comforted, encouraged, soul-stirring, modern classic, inspiring reality, live out their faith, humour, struggle, romance, courage, heartache, ultimately hope, from real life to flights of fancy, hug from heaven for a friend, vulnerable, finely-honed stories, fresh evidences of God’s grace” – and those words are only a few from the first page.
Humbled I turned to the next page. It read:
This book is dedicated to
Raymond and Lois Nelles
in tribute to their exceptional support
of Canadian writers who are Christian
Then the title page:
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider
Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit
N. J. Lindquist
Wendy Elaine Nelles
That’s Life! Communications
Another page-turn. I perused the copyright page.
The Table of Contents was opposite. I read from the top down. Second line from the bottom I saw, Surviving with a Woman of a Certain Age by Denise Budd Rumble. Here I paused.
I wrote my first book at the age of seven. It was a mystery. I was the main character who solved the mystery. My dolls and teddies loved it.
I’ve been writing ever since. And, I’ve kept just about everything I’ve ever written – short stories; articles; columns; news; book reviews; a recipe book; children’s book manuscripts – along with every rejection slip, most of them with encouraging words hand written on the form letter; and on and on.
No, I didn’t only receive rejection slips. I have a lot of publishing credits to my name – more than enough to achieve professional membership in The Word Guild, a Canadian organization for writers and editors who are Christian.
To this point in time, my published work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, but this was the first time my words nestled between the covers of a book. And, yes, the book is an anthology. And, yes, only one chapter contains my words. And, yes, being published in newspapers and magazines is important and fulfilling.
But, there’s a little more to this story – the story of these words in a book…
Let’s journey together.
© 2011 Denise Budd Rumble