Hello world from an unpublished nobody!

My first blog! I’m soooooo excited (can you hear the ex-cheerleader coming out?)!!! Dunno if anybody will actually want to read this, but I’ll bribe as many people, vampires, werewolves, angels, as I can:):)

So I’d like to share an ephiphany I had at the Romance Writers of America national conference. It was held this past Thursday until late Saturday night and I met many wonderful writers, learned lotsa stuff, stalked top authors, agents and editors, ate way too much ice cream, etc . . . BTW, I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one of those I was kidding about;)

Me and NY Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong-bff's (HA! What can I say? I'm a writer, I make stuff up:) But my sister Misty is!

Anyways, the whole conference I sorta freaked b/c most of the top agents/editors don’t want young adult inspirational style novels . . . sure Nicholas Sparks can pull it off but an unpublished nobody debuting their first novel that they hope will become a NY Times Bestseller? Yeah, not so much. So I was thinking of how to rework it, and even figured out a way (a pretty good way if I do say so myself) to make it paranormal since that’s what everyone and their grandma is reading right now (mine included).

RWA Conference

Me at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando for the Romance Writers of America Conference.

Then in the last session on Saturday (yes, I am hardcore. Wasn’t at the pool, and didn’t miss one workshop opportunity all 3 days), my epiphany came. In the workshop I was previously in, Writing the High-Concept Inspirational with writer Beth Pattillo, she said as a Christian, she became successful AFTER she took the profit motive for herself off the table and wrote the books God led her to write. Her words resonated with me as I sat in the next workshop: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict in the YA Novel. I thought, what are my own goals, motivation, and conflict right now with my book? My goal all along was to write the story of my heart, my motivation being what God has done and continues to do in my life, and my only conflict is all of a sudden losing sight of that admist hanging out with debut authors scoring huge 3-4 book deals for a series.

RWA Conference Awards Dinner

Me and my new fo real b.f.f, author Marisa Cleveland, she will be a NY Times bestseller soon!

God reminded me of Matthew 8 when he healed a man with leprosy. Jesus was already a big deal by that point, having just preached his Sermon on the Mount. Yet, this “untouchable” of society had the courage to approach him and say, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out and responded, “I am willing! Be clean!”  I thought of how I felt like an “untouchable” growing up, b/c of all the difficulties I went through (that’s a blog for another time), but Jesus healed my emotional wounds. That’s why I wrote Sarah’s Crossroads, to use the talent God gave me as a gift to the world to empower the next generation and if I’m not gonna do that, as Beth Pattillo put it, go get a part-time job for extra money b/c it’ll be a helluva lot easier! Ironically, we had Pastor Bob Hulett at our church as a guest speaker from PA today. Guess what his message was about? God writing our stories. HA! Coincidence or not? Once again, you decide:)

Comments, thoughts, questions, anyone??? Use the leave a comment link at the top of the page.

18 comments on “Hello world from an unpublished nobody!

  1. Jamie! How cool! A blog and a book! You keep going, girl! God will honor your efforts.
    And, I’ll know a soon-to-be-famous writer myself.

  2. Hey girl.. Loved the blog. I know as long as you follow Gods path everything will work out. Pastor Bob’s message was great and I am so happy to get to watch you write your story! Cant wait to be one of the first in line to read your book!

  3. Be encouraged ! A college friend of mine was led by God to write a book basically about his life… and now they are doing a movie about it ! He just wrote how God led him and the movie has been a God thing every step of the way !

  4. Hi Jamie, Great to hear about your writer’s conference. Sounds like it was a great experience. Nice new BFF’s.I guess you can have more than 1. Also, you are not an unpublished nobody. You are an unpublished somebody! When you get published. I’m buying 10 books! Love you.

    Tara Morales.

  5. Homie! I love it! And I am so proud of you! 🙂 God has a very special plan for you and ur book! Just as today’s message was so inspirational/motivational so will your book. The Lord is using you in so many awesome ways! I love ya and I am so very proud to consider you one of my very best friends. Thank you for being such an amazing example for me and all those around you.

  6. You are an inspiration to me. I love you so much and am so proud of you. I am so glad you got to attend this conference. Best of luck and God Bless! Love MOM

  7. Nice reading your blog Jamie! You are so inspirational and I can’t wait to read your novels! Looks like you had a good time and sounds like you got a lot out of the conference!

  8. Way to go, girl. Now a nobody, soon to be The Somebody with the press beating down your door, your books flying off the shelves. I’ll be there to point at you and say: “I knew her yesterday, when … ”

    Keep on keeping on.

  9. Hi Jamie, Love your web site, very chatty, very warm, very you. One thing I ‘m not too crazy about, though. Ready for this? Your headline “an unpublished nobody.” Yes it’s modest; yes, it’s self-effacing, but one of the rules of speech making is never begin with an apology. Start off positive! That’s the “rule”, but then, they are made to be broken. See you soon at SWFRW. BTW, your photographs are beautiful. Jean

  10. Loverly blog, Jamie. Congratulations! Btw, there are no coincidences, and everyone is a SOMEBODY. You can bet your boots God didn’t put you on this earth to cruise through unnoticed. We’re all individuals with something to offer. A little aside… My dh says after meeting so many writers we could all inhabit a loony bin! LOL In my case, I’ve met and made so many friends during my long and less the illustrious career , I’m happy to be one of his loony-bin population.

    Glad you joined Southwest Florida Romance Writers, and so glad you were able to attend National. It’s an eye-opener, isn’t it? I remember my first conference, 1989, happened to be a local chapter across the state, and Sandra Brown was the keynote speaker. My eyes wide with wonder, I soaked up all the information, and discovered I’d been “writing” romance for five years and didn’t have a clue how to write fiction that anyone could make heads or tails of–or would want to read!

    Here’s to a long and happy career writing, and hopefully publishing in the not too distant future. Cheers…

  11. Thanks for all your comments/suggestions . . . so grateful you took the time out of your busy day to read words from an ‘unpublished somebody’ (that was for you T & Jean:) About to write my next one . . . stay tuned!

  12. Ha!!!! Did Misty fall over when she saw that you met Kelley???

    This is all so awesome, and I’m very proud of my littlest sister!!!

  13. Great post!! You need a “Follow” icon for your blog…it’s what helps my blog along!! That way people can know when you do updates!

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