If you were with us last week, you know I had some breaking news! Catch it HERE, if you didn’t.
I know I spent at least 40 hours last week preparing for a 10 minute meeting on Friday at 4:15pm. It sounds crazy, but this was a whole new realm for me. I tried my best to be prepared for the unknown!
How do you prepare for the unknown?
Good question… that’s an oxymoron! I didn’t have time to ponder such theologies last week. I was a woman in motion, mostly on the internet and YouTube, hoping I’d hit on gold and everything would fall into place!!
I counted, mostly, on prayers and divine intervention! A huge “THANK YOU” to all of you who took the time to think of me. At one point, tears surfaced, reading your encouraging words and sentiments! They were welcomed and perfect!!! Seriously!!! 😘
I laugh now at things I did to prepare, but since so much was unknown, I tended to details I could control after my research and paperwork was done.
I worked on my camera angle, background, lighting, and what I’d wear. Isn’t that what we always do when there’s a big deal. Spend time on what we’ll wear!! I knew the person on the other side of the zoom wouldn’t be preoccupied with my clothing, but I didn’t want to give her reason to be either! If all else failed, I could feel confident in my attire.
My daughter took on the roll of “Stylist”. We tried several outfits and accessories on camera. I have four different pairs of earring pics on my camera roll.
Ok, just for fun, here they are….
Which one is your fav?
Which pair did I wear?
I have an immense advantage in the camera, lighting, video area. I’ve invested lots of money there. My son owns a media business, making videos for companies. My daughter owns a photography business; majored in digital media. I collected on a bit of that college money payed out. (Hehe) Their comments and suggestions helped make confidence arise. I did the best I could with what I had.
The funniest thing I did to prepare was on Thursday? I knew you’d ask!
My daughter and I practiced on FaceTime. At my computer, smack dab in the spot, I would be Friday at almost the exact time. (light testing) She played the publisher, and I rehearsed like she was. We had one problem. The first four times she asked me about my book… I broke into giggles. I mean the kind that makes your eyes water!! My book is a pretty serious topic, so this made no sense. Then she’d giggle and then we’d try to compose ourselves and start over. Nope, I’d giggle again and then she would too!! About the fifth time, I got through the presentation. I suppose it was nerves or the unbelievable idea that this was going to happen.
I have to say; it was perhaps the best medicine for my spirit; giggling with your daughter!!! If nothing else happened like I prayed, those memorable moments will go down in our history. I giggle, thinking about it!
Friday afternoon rolled around. I was nervous. (all day) There is no way I could have asked and gotten this appointment in my own efforts. This publishing house does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you either have to have an agent (which I don’t) or a miracle must occur. Said tongue in cheek, but that’s pretty much how it is.
All the technology WORKED🙌🙌🙌🙌 The answer to many prayers!
At 4:15, I was cast from a zoom “holding room”, we could call it “the green room”, into a zoom meeting with a publisher who was nice and welcoming. I found it easier than I thought to converse.
I “pitched my book.” She replied, “Wow! I want to hear more. Please send me the first three chapters and a book proposal.”
Friends… this is a miracle! Truly, I believe it! The very best outcome anyone could expect!
It’s another step forward with no guarantees, but we are moving. Thank you, Lord!!!
I will be very busy finishing up the proposal and getting all the documents to her soon, asap.
I’ll update you when there is news to share!
Thank you for encouraging me! I’d love continued prayers and thoughts.
If anyone needs assistance selecting earrings, I am happy to be your consultant.
I’ve got some valuable experience!!
Ps. I chose earrings #3!
There’s always a backstory,🇺🇦