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The Day Pigs DID Fly (The Day I Stumbled into a Publishing Contract)

Pigs fly “One day,” I journaled, “I will be a published author. (When pigs fly? Ha!)” It was 1985, I was 24, and there was nothing in my life to indicate that I was author material.

* I was the kind of kid more likely to be seen running around the yard with a bucket on my head, than cuddled up with a good book.

* I was far from a spelling prodigy at age 6 when this was penned:  “un day, i m gon too b Persident!”

* I did not keep a journal or pen dark, angst-ridden poetry as a teenager.

* I cheated in my middle school English classes.  (They were experimenting with self-testing, self-grading, “student-led” curriculum. We responded by experimenting with “student-led” cheating.)

* In high school, I did well in creative writing and enjoyed it, but my English grammar was below average (yeah, due to middle school cheating). I even failed some parts of the “Functional Literacy” test Florida gave us in high school. (I was “dysfunctionally illiterate,” and had to be “remediated” in several areas.)

Back to 1985. I never dreamed that just three years after I made that entry in my journal (one of only three entries), pigs would fly, and I would see my publishing dream come true.

Here is the short account of how I stumbled into a publishing contract: It was 1988. I was a youth pastor. I attended Group Publishing’s Youth Ministry University (a conference). I responded to their open invitation for people with book ideas to come forward and meet with Group’s editors. I met with Joani Schultz and told her about family devotions I had written for parents of the teenagers in my ministry.  They were based on my weekly youth group sermons/ lessons. I told her the devotions had three parts: Get Ready (fun opener), Get Set (Bible discussion), Go! (life application). Joani went nuts! She promised an editor would call me. A long week or two later, he did.

Our conversation went like this:

Editor: Do you ever write–even a journal? Me: No. Well, once I did. (I did not say, “three entries.”)

Editor: Do you know how to use a computer? Me: Yes. (This was not exactly true. There was a little Mac 2 in my youth ministry office, in a corner, dusty and unused.  I figured, “How hard could it be”? 🙂

Editor: Can you send us samples of what you’ve written, then write us ten new pages and send it to us on computer disk? Me: Sure! (I’ll get to that next week after I “learn computer.”)

Editor: And mail it to us by tomorrow? Me: Um…(Yikes!)…sure.

A week after he received my samples, the editor responded to me with two pages of perfectly crafted critique of what I had written, thus shredding my self-confidence. Just as I was making the decision to never ever bother any publisher again with my drivel, I experienced a grace! In his last two lines he wrote, “the writing sample looks good!”

Fun Devotions cropped final Two weeks later, I received a publishing contract to write the book which would become, Fun Devotions for Parents and Teenagers. (Note the “1980’s cool” cover.)

I will never forget the INCREDIBLE feeling I had when my publishing dream came true!

Here is what you can glean from all this:

1) It is likely that you have a long list of BUTS! Kick those BUTS!

You may have tons of reasons why you think you are not “qualified” to write and publish a book. Join the club! None of us are.

If you WANT to write–have a desire deep within you to do so–then you have the ability, not just the potential, to do it. Let go of your “Buts! (“But God… I am not smart/spiritual/special/ gifted enough to…”). Kick those Buts!

2) Writers worth reading are those with great ideas, NOT those who simply have great grammatical skill.

So many writers get hung up on grammar, and let their writing dream stop there. Do not make that mistake. Must you be able to form sentences and paragraphs? Sure. But none of that matters if the ideas are not great.

Leave the grammar for the grammarians. You can hire an editor. You cannot hire someone to recall your life experiences, capture your outlook, or frame your ideas.

3) There are hundreds of ways God can make your publishing dream come true.

If you could only see all that God is doing right now to make your publishing dream come true, you would not be worried or fearful…you would be in awe.

I could not have orchestrated my publishing dream–no way! I was simply doing what God called me to do as a youth pastor. I just wanted to bless families and bring parents and teenagers together. God took care of the rest.

4) I will never forget that incredible feeling, when my publishing dream came true…and I wish the same for you. I love helping authors to realize their publishing dreams, knowing they are feeling that same great top of the world feeling I felt.   This motivates me to do what I do every day, serving authors with coaching, consultation, manuscript shaping, editing, marketing and more.

Blessings as you write!

Jim Kochenburger

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