Big day for my family. My grandson-in-law launched his book, Jesus Journey. I know the grueling hours this father of three put in. I couldn’t resist writing him this letter:
I know what this day feels like. The “baby” has been birthed—a relief and yet a bit of emptiness. Didn’t you grow with the people you wrote about, the insights you discovered, the creative challenge every time you sat down at the computer?
And you feel so proud of this “baby” but you don’t want to act proud. Yet in order to get the baby to grow, you have to talk about it – you have to SELL. You almost feel as though you are selling yourself.
It looks like you’ve had some encouragement from your publisher. I’ve received some new ideas about promoting my book, Daughters of Deliverance, myself today. I’ve wanted to do a Facebook author page, but don’t know how. I’ve struggled to write faithfully on my blog—and not very meaningfully either. But we try and God moves the book along because He wants people to read and learn and be blessed.
I was encouraged to receive this review just a few days ago from a woman who serves on the board of a well-known and impactful NGO:
Just finished reading Daughters of Deliverance and wanted to thank you for sharing the book with me. It was an incredible story that I had not heard before and of course it was so beautifully written. The theme of wrestling and listening for what God wants us to do next in life was powerful.
I had a pleasant shock today. Daughters of Deliverance rated ONE out of Amazon’s top 100 free Inspirational Fiction books. There’s still time for you to put Daughters of Deliverance on your Kindle for free through January 31. I check those numbers every day and there were days when it didn’t rank at all in the top 100.You can always buy either Kindle or print through Amazon books.
Publishing a book includes leaving yourself open not only to criticism but to undeserved praise. I’m so thankful for the more than thirty readers who’ve taken the time and made the effort to write a review on Amazon. ( I need more! )
Here’s an example which encourages me to do all I can to see that The Queen’s Daughters is published September 1,2017.
Although this is historical fiction set in the late 1800’s, the issues are as contemporary as today’s headlines. This is the story of Dr. Kate Bushnell, whose deep and authentic compassion for exploited women is matched only by her unflinching courage in the face of opposition. A good read. I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel, “The Queen’s Daughters”, which will complete the story of this extraordinary life.
I received a review that excited me several days ago which opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.Since teen-agers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.
While I was staying at my grandmothers house, I read your book ” Daughters of Deliverance.” I want you to know that I really like it and I think that you did a really good job writing that book. I can’t wait for the sequel. Henna, 16 years old. ”
Since teenagers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.This opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.
Writing a book has many stages — but the most difficult for me is to promote the book. Selling anything is not pleasant, even when it’s as great as Daughters of Deliverance.
When my husband and I were in college (he wasn’t my husband then– not even my room mate)one summer we decided to sell World Book encyclopedias. You probably don’t remember those beautiful red bumpy- textured covers with a black and gold title. They really were a great family product– full of pictures in the years before TV.
The training class was superb. It sounded so easy. Just walk up to the door and knock. A harried housewife answers and you tell her about this wonderful product that will entertain her children by the hour. And educate them at the same time.The harried house wife goes back into her kitchen for the jar where she’s been saving for “something special,” brings out $100, and you’ve made a sale.
No, it didn’t work like that. Instead I didn’t want to knock on that front door. I even prayed that there would be no one at home. You can imagine that I sold very few World Books. To be honest — none! My husband made 100% more sales than I did. He sold one– and we quit.
That must have been sixty-eight years ago. And here I am selling books again. But this one is fun. I wrote it myself about a courageous, persistent, caring woman who obeyed God by rescuing women from mistreatment and slavery. Readers are telling me they can’t wait to read The Queen’s Daughters — the rest of Katharine Bushnell’s story — coming out Sept. 1
So glad for others who help sell my book. Those wonderful reviewers who keep moving the Amazon algorithm up — how else can you get Amazon’s attention? And I’m thankful for a very young journalist from the Highlands Ranch Herald who took time to hear my story, and write it.
I don’t even have to knock on your door. You can go directly to Amazon to read it for yourself.
Sorry that you can’t read the article . It’s really pretty good, except I have 18 grandchildren instead of 8. Couldn’t figure out how to enlarge the type. Just trust me. It’s good
Well, I pulled a real goof the other day. It reminds me of the days when I had five active youngsters in the house, and two dogs– sometimes with a litter of puppies. Life was busy and I was often in a rush and inpatient — you know what it’s like to be a mother.
So now and then I’d try to get Rodney’s attention and I’d start with, “Nathan–Mark–Randy–Sheila–Rodney.” And one of the kids would laughingly add,”Shane– Floppy- Isipoogoo….” Those were our dogs’ names. It wasn’t really that bad, but they loved to catch me out.
So it must be the same thing with my books, which become like children while I’m working on them. I just noticed that I pulled out the name of one of my favorite books – Destined For Royalty—, in place of Daughters of Deliverance, in my blog the other day. Can’t believe I just caught the mistake now!
Sorry about that. Just be glad I didn’t go through all the other nine books before I got to Daughters of Deliverance.
By the way, several have asked for signed copies of the book. Contact me through my blog, give me your email address and I’ll let you know how to do that.
I have to admit my stomach was churning as I got ready for the launch of Daughters of Deliverance. My friend Dody helped me put invitations into cubbies here at Wind Crest. Daughter Sheila prepared the door prizes and decorated the tables. She walked into the Lounge where the Launch party was held, carrying a large bouquet of Proteas, the South Africa flower– a gift from my children. My son Mark came all the way from New York where he’d been on a business trip to celebrate with me. Two grandsons and their wives slipped in after we’d started, and my niece and her husband came. About fifty friends from Wind Crest attended.
But what really is a launch party? I’d never had one for my precious books. I finally realized it was a celebration for me.A card I received says it all:
You Worked Hard…REALLY, REALLY HARD…
Put in the hours, battled the frustrations…
Gave of your blood, sweat and tears,
And now finally it all paid off. Congratulations!
Reviews are slowly coming in on Amazon– which not only make me feel good, but hopefully will encourage you to buy and read Destined for Royalty. More about the book and the life of its heroine, Katharine Bushnell, another time. For now, I just want you to celebrate with me that the ten-year project of research and writing has finally been reached publication. You can read more about Daughters of Deliverance on Amazon’s book page.
It seemed it would never come. Ten years in the making! Today–December 1,2016– Amazon launched Daughters of Deliverance and the reviews are coming in.
To celebrate I’m having a Launch Party here at Wind Crest, the active retirement community I live in. You should see my living room. It’s piled with books, prizes, table decorations. I’ve even been persuaded to display copies of of my eleven books published over the years– even the little 48-page booklet of youth programs I wrote for Youth Alive in South Africa back in the 70’s. (I think I was almost as awed to hold that little book when it was printed, as I am today.)
I couldn’t fall asleep last night wondering if we have enough cookies and cider for those who come. Or would only a few people show up? Of course I can depend on my dear family; two of my children and several grandchildren will be here to boost my morale.
Above all this is a celebration, not just of the lovely book that Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas put out for me, but I’m celebrating God’s faithfulness in nudging me to keep on writing — through loss and change, through slowing down as I inch (oh no, I’m flying) towards 90.I feel that God has privileged me to spend these years studying and developing the character of Katharine Bushnell. And through her I too have learned to trust Him more and to do all I can to “finish well” as Kate did. (That’s coming next September when Daughters of the Queen will be released.)
Read on! there is a connection between Daughters of Deliverance and Squanto’s story!
Reading Breakpoint this morning, I the learned the story of Squanto– a five year old Indian boy who was kidnapped by Spanish traders who had landed five years before the pilgrims. Squanto was fortunate enough to be sold to a well-meaning monk in Spain who taught him about the Christian God. Later Squanto made his way to England. There he worked in a stable for a kind Englishman who taught him English and looked for passage to the new world for Squanto. Ten years after he was captured, his benefactor found a way to send him home.
Sadly Squanto found his whole Wampanbog village had been decimated by an epidemic. A year later the Pilgrims arrived and settled on the very land where his village had stood. Squanto greeted them in English and became a friend to the Pilgrims.In the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.” Squanto died asking prayer that he would go to the Englishman’s God in heaven.
There are many people like Squanto whose lives of sacrifice and compassion for those who in need are lost to history. I was taught that Indians and Pilgrims praised God together for the harvest; today’s history books probably debunk that. But Squanto’s life is kept alive, written in the diary of Governor Bradford.
One of the reasons I researched and wrote about the life of Katharine Bushnell was to bring her life and work alive. Squanto helped to keep the early Pilgrims alive that first year they struggled against the elements in their new homeland. Katharine’s compassion and persistence against the sin of sexual slavery kept women and girls alive in the 19th century. Her story, told in my historical novel, Daughters of Deliverance comes out next Thursday, December 1, on Amazon or through me. lorrylutz.com
Thanks for Squanto’s story written in Breakpoint Commentary, originally by Chuck Coleson. John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxis currently write the daily commentary.