"Don't let anything be greater than the fact that you are a child of God!" (Advice given to Murray when he signed his first book contract.)
In his opening session, Murray gave us two personal examples of why it's important to persevere as a writer.
-This was Murray's first novel
-He sent queries out and received 3 rejection letters
-He wanted to quit sending queries, but his wife wouldn't let him
-The manuscript was accepted for publication, but Murray didn't like the cover
-The publisher was sold
-After waiting, he was told the new company would not be republishing the book
-After many years, Regent College offered to republish the book
-When they sent the cover art to Murray, he was startled to see they chose his favourite painting as the cover picture
-The book is still in print today
-Murray's second novel, based on two of his aunts
-Publisher rejected the book because the writing was "too good"
-Agent gave manuscript to 4 large publishers who all rejected it
-Another publisher liked the manuscript, but two experts had a problem with the Christian content
-Became a finalist in the Paraclete Contest
-Publisher offered to publish, but declined after 2 weeks
-20 years later, the book was finally published! and was shortlisted for a $25,000 prize
-The sequel was published two years later and won The Word Guild Award for best historical novel
|Sunrise near Wetaskiwin on Saturday, September 29, 2013|
Here are some of my favourite quotes from the weekend:
"You have to go for 'the long bomb'."
"God embodies everything he wants to teach us in story."
"Treat your stories with respect and honour - you don't know where your stories will end up."
"Take any decent opportunity that comes your way."
"Say, 'Yes I can' and do it 'afraid'."
"Remember the cloud the size of a fist, which became a storm and filled the land with water."
"Remember that whenever you write a story, you're always writing for Christ."