Thirty Days to Glory
by Kathy Nickerson
The Waiting Room
In 1983, I stepped into a local bookshop and purchased my first copy of The Writer’s Market. I trembled at my own audacity. Who was I to aspire to such things? Yet, every afternoon while the children napped, I devoured the mysteries of query letters, book proposals, and the now-out-dated SASE.
Thirty years later, someone published my first novel. If you are an eager, young novelist, such news might seem dreadful. I might sound like a failure. But let me tell you what I did while I waited:
The first thing you do in a waiting room is flip through magazines. The pictures are distracting, and sometimes you learn a thing or two. In 1986, I attended my first writers’ conference, and I learned a lot. An editor encouraged me to keep writing. A Pulitzer-winning author told me I showed promise, and the conference host signed me up for his college course. I kept attending conferences ever year and met lots of editors, authors, and friends. I read books about writing, subscribed to magazines, and followed several blogs in the writing world. Eventually, I took a twelve-month online course in writing fiction.
Nothing tests one’s character or faith like waiting. Especially if you are waiting for the results of a biopsy or the birth of a grandchild. For a writer, waiting is a lifestyle. When I look back at early drafts of my novel, Thirty Days to Glory, I am so glad no one wanted to publish it ten years ago! That would have been a premature birth. As I grew, so did my characters. We are all better people than we were in those early days.
So, if you are in The Waiting Room as a writer, take heart. Keep learning, keep writing, and keep growing as you enjoy this process. Eventually, a nurse will step into the room and announce, “It’s a boy!” Or a book. Or script. Or a poem.
You will be so glad you waited.
Kathy Nickerson writes from her home in rural
Missouri, where she
lives with her husband of nearly forty years. They are the parents of four
children who grew up to become their best friends and who have given them a
dozen grandchildren, so far.
Kathy’s writing credits include magazines such as Discipleship Journal, Angels on Earth, Focus on the Family, Proto, and Kyria.com. Some of her stories have also been published in collected works by Bethany House and Guideposts Books. Her novel, Thirty Days to Glory, will be released by CrossRiver Media in October 2013. You may connect with Kathy at: