I traded emails last week with an editor at a small publishing house who wanted to know more about “Signs and Wonders.” So I sent off the first chapter and we continued to exchange emails.
Eventually, the editor asked if the novel had any romance in it — she was the editor of a line of Christian romance novels.
No, I told the editor, and the story didn’t lend itself to a romantic subplot. I do have future novels in mind with romance in them, but this isn’t one of them.
And so that was that. It wasn’t a hard decision for me to make, not that the discussion at any time was close to becoming a publishing deal.
Turning the novel into a romance would have gotten away from the main reason I wrote it in the first place. I wanted to tell the story of someone forced to re-examine the core of their faith and figure out what it really means to have faith. There are tons and tons of Christian romance novels — many of them featuring the Amish — and I wanted to give readers something different.
So stay true to the instinct that led you to start writing your novel. Well-meaning people will offer advice and critiques and most of them will be very helpful. Just don’t forget why you started writing in the first place.
One response to “Stay true”
Very good advice!! You can’t please everyone. You just need to please God. And if you are writing the novel He gave you to write, you are honoring Him. And that is pleasing the Him!!!