• Valuable scripture reference, Tim. If we don’t get out of the entitlement mindset, we’re failing to keep the right perspective. Most of us begin the writing journey with it whether we care to admit it or not. And when we read what we consider inferior published work, we grumble about how much better our work is. But until we fully yield to God’s plan, however He plans to use our work, we’ve missed the mark. We must work to pleasse the Master. He’s alll that matters. 

    • Typing blind again: please, all

  • Brian Vallotton

    I enjoyed your article very much Tim. I am at the beginning stages of my first book proposal and am seeking out an agent. I will save this article and look at it more than once as I make my way through… and as you said, doing what God has put in my heart to do is reward in itself. I become the man I am made to be by doing what He has put in my heart to do! God Bless all that you do for His glory.

    • @facebook-100000221075405:disqus Welcome to the journey. Look with expectancy toward that first rejection. It means you’re living and writing and daring to do what most only dream about. Know that I am praying for you and will be glad to help any way I can.

  • Lisa Mikitarian

    I agree with everything you’ve written, Tim. 

    I’ve also think that our gifts are one place where God meets us to continue His process of perfecting us.  That should be enough reason to continue in our pursuits, and as you said–to do so with excellence–it’s not about the worldly success.

  • Catrina

    You wrote this for me, didn’t you?  Fear of rejection; fear of failure, fear of making a mistake – that is my theme song. God’s working on it, I know, but……

    • @aa5385a2b83af575c9757c9702bd2968:disqus  Truthfully, I just try to write what I need someone to tell me. As a bonus, a few others get some benefit as well. Fear is not a bad thing – just a real thing to be dealt with in God’s power and His timing.

  • dianadart

    Yep, you’ve got it (again). Examining our motives and the heart behind our relentless pursuit is so…. freeing. Love the application of that Scripture – mostly cause it’s difficult to argue with the very words of our Lord 🙂

    Thanks, Tim. Once I get to that rejection stage (which is difficult to do when you haven’t actually finished a full manuscript yet, nevermind submitted it) I am going to have this on hand as a firm yet gentle reminder.

  • “Then I will have done what God put in my heart to do…”

    Beautiful truth, beautifully expressed, Tim. I’m saving this one…

    (On a more prosaic level, this topic also reminds me that agents and editors are just fallible people, like me. They make the best decisions they are capable of, in the moment, according to the gifts and talents God has given them. While I have little sympathy for “gatekeepers” who couch their rejections in caustic language, most of them are better human beings than that. I have a nice little of collection of respectful, thoughtful, and *kind* rejections. I wouldn’t want to stand over their tombstones if God blesses…but I would love to sit down with them and share a laugh.) 

    • Thanks for dropping by Alan. Good words about editors and other in the industry. I too have received rejections that hurt but were helpful. Any time an editor takes the time to offer encouragement and advice is a special person indeed. I do hope you know I was being tongue in cheek about the tombstone thing.

      • Oh, yes…. I took it as humor on your part.

  • Thank you for the post. I am encouraged to keep trying. 

    • If we don’t encourage each other who will? Took a look at your blog and it seems you are laying the right foundation. Good luck on your queries.