I don’t know about you, but I often feel tiny, especially in the writing world. Sure, some people know who I am. I’ve got “connections” here, on Facebook, and several other places. But why would someone look at a biblical fiction book I wrote if they could read one by, say, Francine Rivers? Or Jill Eileen Smith? Or Bodie Thoene? And why would an agent or editor want to take a chance on a newbie like me when they have solid authors they can count on?

I have to improve my craft. I have to get my name out there. I have to make connections. I have to be willing to put myself out there. I need to listen to what God wants me to do.

September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman would have been 237 years old today. (Did you know he was also a missionary?) He introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. One plant at a time.

And that’s what we need to do. Each improvement we make to our writing craft, each rewrite we do, each bit of criticism we take to heart, each connection we make, each lesson we learn is a seed. And it can bloom into a tree. And that tree can become an orchard: an orchard that agent, publisher, or reader just might notice. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be on that shelf next along with Francine Rivers. And/or many will be touched and moved by your writing.  And, like John Chapman, you’ll make a difference – on both the physical and spiritual realm.

What seeds are you planting? What kind of orchard are you trying to grow? Are you beginning to see it bloom?

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