But I've been learning to rest, to trust God, that His timing is perfect. And this year, I've really sensed it all the more.
Here's a time line of my year so far:
* January - school holidays! Relaxing, wondering if my agent has heard anything from the one publisher seemingly interested in my novel...
* February - Bam! I signed a 3 book contract with US publishers Kregel. At that stage, I had one book written, with plans for two more. I was given dates for submission for those two new books (1st July, 1st October) - start writing book 2!
* March - working on novel 2 (The Captivating Lady Charlotte) - oh, and developmental edits for The Elusive Miss Ellison!
* April - finish book 2 (sigh of relief) - off to Beta readers, time for fix ups.
* May - begin writing book 3. Cover for book 1 (sigh!!)
* June - copy edits for book 1 - lots of fun (not!). Send off book 2 to publishers.
* July - book 2 name change; organise endorsers and influencers for book 1 (panic!!); finish book 3
* August - send off book 3 to Beta readers; developmental edits for book 2; refresh website; final edits for book 1; establish influencers FB page
* September - final tweaking then send off book 3
I found that working hard was essential, as I didn't know what emails would arrive from the US during the night. So I'd write to stay ahead of deadlines, feeling an internal nudge to make the most of days with nothing scheduled to write those blog posts (this blog post!), work on my website, and do my best to stay ahead of things, so when the emails with deadlines arrived I was able to devote time to what was necessary.
Along the way there were moments when I'd pop my head up like a meerkat, and see which friends were available for a movie or a coffee, say hello to my family :) or go to work at my local high school as a Learning and Support teacher. (Not so many moments taken for cleaning my house!)
God knows what's ahead on the road. Last year, I was working 3-4 days a week at my local school, working with challenging children in the Support Unit. I'd come home exhausted, barely able to help my own kids, let alone do much writing-wise. This year, the two days a week I work has allowed plenty of time to write - exactly when I needed it. Funny, that!
God is good. He provides wisdom and strength, no matter where we're at during our writing journey. This year, I've really learned the importance of listening to His internal nudging, and seen His faithfulness in providing what's needed - at the right time.
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of the Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novel 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' will be published in the US by Kregel in February 2017. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
Connect with her: www.carolynmiller.org