Janet Roller - Living Oak Ministries

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Hi. I'm Janet Roller: wife of one, mother of two, lover of coffee and writer of songs. I have just finished my first fiction novel and I'm looking forward to watching how God uses the simple story to minister to others. God is a big deal to me. My goal each day is to wake up and declare, "This day is Yours, Lord. Show me what to do with it."

Monday, May 26, 2008

Where do I start?

I have hesitated to post because I wasn't sure where to start! On Sunday, May 18, I left for the Blue Ridge Christian Writer's Conference at Ridgecrest. With guarded hopes and faith in knowing I was in God's will (even though I didn't exactly know what that "will" was) - I was off to Black Mountain, NC.

Quickly I met two wonderful brunettes from SC. We had a familiar, kindred-spirit connection from the very beginning. My life is changed because of their influence.

Each meeting and session during the week was divinely appointed. Prepared with a proposal, and informed that most publishers don't accept them at these types of conferences, I began the process of telling about my book idea. One by one the publishers requested the proposal. Blown away by the thought of 3 interested publishers, I sought the input of a noted and experienced agent. He also thought the concept was clever and marketable.

In the middle of it all, the other book I "pitched" was a children's book. The market is "soft" and most publishers aren't buying children's books right now. While that was bummer, I was lifted by placing 2nd in the Children's Book Contest!

What does this all mean? Well, today, nothing yet. What could it mean? It could mean that in a matter of a few years the book I proposed at the 2008 BRCWC could be in mom's hands throughout the country. And based on how God has lined everything up, it wouldn't surprise me.

I am just so humbled by the whole experience. Why me? Why His Favor on me? My prayer is that I never step out of the shadow of His leading. If this book deal does actually happen, I want to be able to say that God was on every page...not Janet.


Carol said...

I am so excited for you and expectant with of what He will do!

DeAnna said...

Little is much when God is in it!!!