August 27, 2012
WAS IT LUCK?
By Linda M. Penn
Welcome to Linda’s Blog! Continue with me on the journey to being a writer of children’s books. Was it just luck that I “happened” to meet Peggy DeKay, who became my Book Coach?
I used to use the terms, “good luck,” “bad luck,” and “it just so happened that…” often. I have heard celebrities and inspirational speakers, however, say we make our own luck by putting ourselves in a position to receive “good luck.” On the other hand, some poor choices could be a factor in “bad luck.” Maybe it is just that God closes one door to open another door for us.
If you haven’t read the “Part l Was it Luck?” blog, you might want to click on that before you read this blog. I was telling you my goal of five years ago was to write children’s books. I prayed about the goal, read books on writing, read inspirational books, took writing classes, and received critiques of stories.
After four years of studying and writing, “it just so happened” that I saw an ad for the University of Louisville Continuing Education class titled, “How to Self-Publish Your Book,” taught by Peggy DeKay. What “good luck,” right?
I took Peggy’s class and was immediately hooked on the idea of going forward with self-publishing some of these stories. Then I enrolled in Peggy’s second class, “How to Market Your Book.” One thing led to another and I contracted with Peggy to be my Book Coach.
Our search for illustrators for the books led to several dead ends. Wow, what “bad luck,” right? No way! I believe God closed some doors and opened the door for Peggy to meet Donna Hardy and Jara Coe at a writers conference. These ladies, (who said they almost cancelled going to the conference) became the illustrators. Was it luck? Don’t think so.
Here I am, a year later after contracting with Peggy, with “Is Kentucky in the Sky?” a reality and “Hunter and the Fastcar Trophy Race” being released soon. Great! All this “good luck” just dropped in my lap? Not!
I believe every person has God-given talents and then we have a responsibility to develop skills to perfect those talents. With trust in God, prayer, and hard work, miracles (those “good luck,” “it just so happened that…”events) are a result.
Sure would like to know your opinions or any “it just so happened” stories that you don’t mind sharing!
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