Friday, June 22, 2012

Almost an announcement

This is not an official announcement exactly- but I thought I would share the news on my novel and the journey to get to this point (of not quite publishing…… yet).  

It has been an interesting process starting almost a year ago.  Last August, I stumbled upon a brief reference to novel writing and “NaNoWriMo” while reading a home school blog that I have never since visited and cannot even remember the name of.  Nevertheless, my interest was piqued.  I went straight to the website for NaNo and was intrigued by the idea of writing a novel in a month.  

It was summertime though, months away from November, national novel writing month, (which, if you have not figured out is what NaNoWriMo refers to). I thought about it, and prayed about it and mulled the idea over in my mind.  Could I write a novel?  Could I do it in four short weeks?  And more importantly could I write a novel in a month and still manage my home, care for my 5 children, home school them -- you know, maintain a relative amount of real life responsibility at the same time?  

The whole idea sounded completely crazy!  But, I decided, now that I knew about it, there was no way I could not at least try.  And, I actually did have a story idea.  An idea I felt God had sent me.  I prayed and promised God this would be His project, not mine, and I let Him know He would have to guide it all.  

So for months I thought about plot lines, character names, and how to fit in novel writing between cooking dinner and folding laundry.  Over and over, I reminded God I would need His help if this was to be and asked again and again for His guidance and reassurance.  

I did not write down one single word of my story before November lest I break a NaNo rule and render my novel illegitimate.  But very early on the 1st of November, I finally sat down to write, competing with my two oldest children for computer time because they, too, chose to participate in NaNoWriMo and had stories to compose as well.

Three weeks into the month, I reached the goal of 50,000 words.  By month’s end, I finished the entire story- beginning, middle, and end.  

Then, the real work began….editing, editing, editing.  Rewriting, reworking, revising.  But, God answered my prayers and so many things fell into place.  Along the way, I have been blessed with the support and assistance of many wonderful professionals and friends.  Through the grace of God (and the help of a friend), I was put in touch with a professional copy editor who agreed to edit my story free of charge.  Later, a friend who is a brilliant graphic designer, generously designed my cover, also for free.  Perhaps the most valuable thing I received, though, was the support of my wonderful family who allowed me the time to work, believed in me even when I doubted myself, and enthusiastically cheered me on every step of the way.  

Today we ordered the “proof copy” of my completed work of fine literature.  Assuming the proof copy contains no major errors or problems, the book will then be ready for publishing.  Hopefully, by June 30th it will be available through Amazon for purchase.  I will keep you all posted……


  1. oh my goodness. this is so awesome Kari. dyin' to know when it's done!! I'll certainly buy a copy.

  2. Congratulations Kari! I can't wait to share your novel. Perhaps your good example will spur me on to finish editing my own book.

    God bless!

  3. You are amazing!! I can't believe you wrote a book, and I am looking forward to reading it soon! Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication to a dream!

  4. Thank you all for sharing in my excitement. Writing my story has been such a wonderful experience and it makes it even more special to share it with others.



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