September 16, 2013

The Blessings of a Do-Over

By Lisa Lickel

When a certain small publisher accepted my manuscript, Healing Grace, in 2007, I was thrilled.
I knew it would be 2009 before the book released, but I’d been told patience is necessary in this business. Healing Grace came out with so many typos I was too embarrassed to market it. I eventually got the rights back and submitted it to my new favorite publisher. The acquiring editorial team said it lacked depth and strength of character. I was crushed. That emotion should have gone on the page.

In the same death sentence, however, the publisher overrode them: Lea believed in me and the book. I got off my pity pot and took this challenge. I knew there were things that could have been better, and I believed in the editing team that had done such great things with my other books. I was glad for this Do-Over chance with Healing Grace, a favorite and personal story.

Here’s what I learned.

1. Never assume.
Just because Healing Grace had been published, I shouldn’t have simply thought another publisher would jump at it. There were plenty of reasons why it should never have been published in the first place.

2. Be better.
I've learned a lot in nine years. It’s time to apply that knowledge, but also to accept guidance. Take every opportunity to challenge yourself.
releases then more interviews and spots and signings. Use the opportunities to mention other work.

Treat the Do-Over as a blessing in disguise. We authors don’t always get the chance.
Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer and reader, writing mentor, freelance editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new authors and is the editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine.Web:

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