Giving Birth to a Different Kind of BabyBy Trillia Newbell | November 10th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | 17 comments
I looked at my husband and with a big smile said, “It looks like I’m giving birth to a different kind of baby.”
He replied, “You do have about nine months.”
Nine months to pray, research, and write a book!
I’m so excited to announce that I have signed on with Moody Publishers to write a book. Actually, I will be writing two books.
Book one will focus on the beauty of friendship, diversity and the church. On the Last Day every tongue and tribe will be represented in the glorious chorus praising God with one voice. Yet today our churches remain segregated. Can we reflect the beauty of the last day this day? My book will inspire, challenge and encourage readers to pursue and desire the joys of diversity through stories of my own journey and a theology of diversity lived out.
Book One (title to be determined) will be released March 1, 2014! Sounds far off, but it will be here before we know it. I’ll share even more about the book soon!
The book will be released January 1, 2015. The great part is we aren’t finished developing it. I will share the premise of the book as soon as I know!
Where I can’t help but say thank you!
As I’ve been thinking about the book, my mind continually goes to one thing: the Acknowledgements page. I am pretty sure that I’m as (if not more) excited about getting to thank those who’ve walked with me through life and this process as I am about writing these books.
So it would behoove me to start thanking some wonderful folks now.
You can’t write a book without the support and encouragement of others—at least I can’t imagine trying to. I have had the support of friends like Allison Stanley, Emilee Stanley, Amy Maples, Jackie Newman, Krista Sagraves, Lillian Prince, Christina Southern and Elizabeth Plewniak (just to name a few). I have been constantly encouraged by my pastors (thank you Bill Kittrell!). I have new friends spurring me on like Justin Taylor, Gloria Furman, David Murray, Tony Reinke, John Starke, and Kristie Anyabwile and organizations like the Reformed African American Network and my Redbud Writer’s Guild women! Gals like Shannon Stewart and Lola Alapo have been reading over my stuff. And of course there’s my family: Thern, my husband, my amazing leader, my love! This is only a taste of who I can’t wait to acknowledge.
But who I want to thank in this post is my agent, Erik Wolgemuth.
Thank you, Erik!
Erik is a member of the wonderful team of literary agents at Wolgemuth and Associates. This summer Erik contacted me letting me know that he would be interested in learning more about me and my writing. I was of course thrilled (understatement of the year)! In July we signed and by August we were ready to send out proposals.
Erik worked diligently to assist me in understanding the writing process, the industry, and what would be required of me if someone decided to offer me a contract (thank you Moody & Holly Kisly!). He has answered many questions, learned about my life, and read more than his fair share of articles (and emails!).
I can’t imagine trying this writing process without my agent. I am thankful to God for him. And it is because of the Lord’s kindness and Erik’s partnership that I get to share my heart with all of you.
Now to the hard part—writing. Please pray for me! Thank you for reading here. Thank you for your love and support of me. Thank you for allowing me into your life. I pray that with God’s guidance and leading, these books would encourage and inspire you. I pray God would be glorified and his gospel would be magnified.
With a happy heart,
*Pictured above: While I waited to hear from publishers and as I wrote for various organizations and publications I had a team of girlfriends who were praying for me. A few weeks ago one of those ladies, Allison Stanley, sent me a picture of her prayer card! God has been faithful to sustain and encourage me through these sisters prayers.
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