Pam’s Publishing P’s: Part One by Pam Hillman


For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.

We’ve all heard that there are three P’s to publishing. Well, I’ve come up with a lot more than three!

I purchased an interesting book titled Where to Find It in the Bible by Ken Anderson, published by Thomas Nelson. I thought it would be a wonderful resource for devotionals when I bought it, but then realized it’s also great for writing related topics.

I searched the entire section under “P”. Words popped out at me, and I immediately thought of ways to apply them to writing. I’ve taken some of the scripture references out of context to shine the spotlight on publishing, and the writing life.

I won’t quote these scriptures because of time and space, but will only excerpt short pieces. If a particular section speaks to you, feel free to look the scripture up. Maybe some of these vignettes will be helpful and encouraging to someone today.

Partnership: Ministry partnership, 2 Corinthians 8:23
In some ways, writing is a solitary occupation, but at some point you will experience a partnership with agents, editors, and publishing houses. Relish this partnership. Embrace it. Learn from it. You’ll be glad you did!

Patience: Patiently see what God will do, 1 Samuel 12:16
We’re all anxious to see something happen with our writing. We want publication now. We want recognition now. We want our efforts to be rewarded. Now. But sometimes we have to be patient, and “…stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.” Stand still, and wait on the Lord, but while you’re waiting, write!

Penmanship: Writing with clarity, Habakkuk 2:2
Before I read this verse in Habakkuk, I thought that penmanship would be to write carefully, clearly, and concise, to make every word count. However, the verse states, “Write the vision, and make it plain… .” I realize that Habakkuk’s vision was more terrible and dreadful than my fiction, but I do need to write with clarity, and make every word count. Or, in the words of Habakkuk, make it plain.

Perfection: Aim for perfection, 2 Corinthians 13:11
On the heels of penmanship is perfection. Same thing, maybe? 2 Corinthians 13:11 tells the brethren to “Be perfect”. Let’s aim for perfection in our writing. Many times we do this through studying the craft, working with critique partners, going through the editing process. It’s not a one-stop-shopping experience. Keep learning. Keep growing, and … keep aiming for perfection.

Persistent: Never give up, Luke 18:1-5
You may have read the story of the persistent widow who kept petitioning the unjust judge to grant her request. Finally he gave in, because she had just about worried him to death! No, we shouldn’t worry industry professionals, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be persistent in our desire to perfect our writing. Write, write some more, then turn around and do it again. Persistence for some of us might mean it takes years to see any fruit from our labor, but take courage. The persistence you display today might yield fruit tomorrow!

And, when you’ve perfected that piece through persistence and penmanship, it might be a good time to petition that judge (editor/agent) again!

I’m listing several more “P” words from the book below, and I can think of many ways to relate them to the writing life. What about you? How can you apply some of these words to your writing life?

Productivity: Time to enlarge, Isaiah 54:2

Progress: Staying too long in one place, Deuteronomy 1:6-8; Growth takes time, Mark 4:28; Progress toward perfection, Philippians 3:12

Project: When God terminates a project, Genesis 11:1-9

Prolific: Prolific wisdom, talent, 1 Kings 4:29-34

Proposal: Fear of refusal, Genesis 24:5

Protocol: Going through proper channels, Philemon 12:14

Well, apparently, I was having way too much fun with this, and my “P” words and ideas kept growing and growing. So, I’m splitting this into two blog posts….

For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.


~

Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,
Claiming Mariah


 Amazon purchase link 

To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders
(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)
Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Facebook Drawing: Kindle/Nook Giveaway
Newsletter: Pam’s newsletter.

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.

And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

Pam is especially excited about this week’s giveaway:
A horn fountain pen handcrafted by Herbert Johnston
Clinton, MS


PREVIOUS STOP ON TOUR
January 15th: Blogging with Cheryl St. John
http://cherylstjohn.blogspot.com/
Wallflower Writer to the Rescue


NEXT STOP ON TOUR:
January 17th: Blogging with Jenny Blake
http://ausjenny.blogspot.com
Make Hay While the Sun Shines



Click for a Complete List of Stops Along the Tour

www.pamhillman.com

For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.

About Pam Hillman

Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel. www.pamhillman.com

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Fiction Faith & Foodies: Pam’s Publishing P’s: Part One by Pam Hillman

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pam’s Publishing P’s: Part One by Pam Hillman


For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.

We’ve all heard that there are three P’s to publishing. Well, I’ve come up with a lot more than three!

I purchased an interesting book titled Where to Find It in the Bible by Ken Anderson, published by Thomas Nelson. I thought it would be a wonderful resource for devotionals when I bought it, but then realized it’s also great for writing related topics.

I searched the entire section under “P”. Words popped out at me, and I immediately thought of ways to apply them to writing. I’ve taken some of the scripture references out of context to shine the spotlight on publishing, and the writing life.

I won’t quote these scriptures because of time and space, but will only excerpt short pieces. If a particular section speaks to you, feel free to look the scripture up. Maybe some of these vignettes will be helpful and encouraging to someone today.

Partnership: Ministry partnership, 2 Corinthians 8:23
In some ways, writing is a solitary occupation, but at some point you will experience a partnership with agents, editors, and publishing houses. Relish this partnership. Embrace it. Learn from it. You’ll be glad you did!

Patience: Patiently see what God will do, 1 Samuel 12:16
We’re all anxious to see something happen with our writing. We want publication now. We want recognition now. We want our efforts to be rewarded. Now. But sometimes we have to be patient, and “…stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.” Stand still, and wait on the Lord, but while you’re waiting, write!

Penmanship: Writing with clarity, Habakkuk 2:2
Before I read this verse in Habakkuk, I thought that penmanship would be to write carefully, clearly, and concise, to make every word count. However, the verse states, “Write the vision, and make it plain… .” I realize that Habakkuk’s vision was more terrible and dreadful than my fiction, but I do need to write with clarity, and make every word count. Or, in the words of Habakkuk, make it plain.

Perfection: Aim for perfection, 2 Corinthians 13:11
On the heels of penmanship is perfection. Same thing, maybe? 2 Corinthians 13:11 tells the brethren to “Be perfect”. Let’s aim for perfection in our writing. Many times we do this through studying the craft, working with critique partners, going through the editing process. It’s not a one-stop-shopping experience. Keep learning. Keep growing, and … keep aiming for perfection.

Persistent: Never give up, Luke 18:1-5
You may have read the story of the persistent widow who kept petitioning the unjust judge to grant her request. Finally he gave in, because she had just about worried him to death! No, we shouldn’t worry industry professionals, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be persistent in our desire to perfect our writing. Write, write some more, then turn around and do it again. Persistence for some of us might mean it takes years to see any fruit from our labor, but take courage. The persistence you display today might yield fruit tomorrow!

And, when you’ve perfected that piece through persistence and penmanship, it might be a good time to petition that judge (editor/agent) again!

I’m listing several more “P” words from the book below, and I can think of many ways to relate them to the writing life. What about you? How can you apply some of these words to your writing life?

Productivity: Time to enlarge, Isaiah 54:2

Progress: Staying too long in one place, Deuteronomy 1:6-8; Growth takes time, Mark 4:28; Progress toward perfection, Philippians 3:12

Project: When God terminates a project, Genesis 11:1-9

Prolific: Prolific wisdom, talent, 1 Kings 4:29-34

Proposal: Fear of refusal, Genesis 24:5

Protocol: Going through proper channels, Philemon 12:14

Well, apparently, I was having way too much fun with this, and my “P” words and ideas kept growing and growing. So, I’m splitting this into two blog posts….

For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.


~

Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,
Claiming Mariah



To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders
(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)
Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Facebook Drawing: Kindle/Nook Giveaway
Newsletter: Pam’s newsletter.

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.

And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

Pam is especially excited about this week’s giveaway:


PREVIOUS STOP ON TOUR
January 15th: Blogging with Cheryl St. John
Wallflower Writer to the Rescue


NEXT STOP ON TOUR:
January 17th: Blogging with Jenny Blake
Make Hay While the Sun Shines





For Part Two of this article, visit Mary Connealy’s blog on January 21st.

About Pam Hillman

Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel. www.pamhillman.com

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14 Comments:

At January 16, 2013 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Who would have guessed so many "p" words spoke to publishing? Thanks for sharing an encouraging post, Pam, and a huge congrats on the release of Claiming Mariah!

 
At January 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Pam Hillman said...

Thank you, Dora! I just scratched the surface on the "p" words. I guess I can find a correlation to something with any word....

I'm relating to the word coffee right now. lol

 
At January 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Pam Hillman said...

Dora!!! This is TOO funny, but my word veri for your blog just now was.....

pondari

Isn't that cool?

Oh, and I love your name... Dora. Now where have I heard that before???? :)

 
At January 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

I hear ya. Just finished my second giant mug, but I think I'll need more this afternoon. What is it about Wednesdays??

 
At January 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fun blog tour.......really going fast!!
Jackie S.

 
At January 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Hey, Jackie. It is, isn't it? And I love the way Pam set it up, seamlessly flowing from one stop to the next.

Thanks for stopping by. :-)

 
At January 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thank you, Pam.

 
At January 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Pam Hillman said...

All that flowcharting from computer science surfacing! lol

I've encouraged my bloggers to go back and insert the permalinks so that the tour will flow perpetually into the future. I know that's a lot of work, but wouldn't it be fun to be able to click through all the stops later?

 
At January 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Tina Radcliffe said...

I just have to find a P scripture for Plot. :)

 
At January 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Oooh, that's good, Tina. How about Jeremiah 6:16? Would that work for you?

Appreciate your visit. :-)

 
At January 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Pam Hillman said...

Tina, I think the Bible says something about "plotting is good for the soul and the finished manuscript." But I might be wrong about that. :)

 
At January 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM , Blogger Pam Hillman said...

Ezekiel 4:1-3, Drawing a plan for battle. :)

 
At January 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Tina Radcliffe said...

I found one, "Thou has made me to have dominion over the works of my hands..." Psalm 8:6

 
At January 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Tina, that's PERFECT! lol, thanks for stopping back by to share. :-)

 

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