How I became a Marcher Lord Author

Last week I shared how I became a writer. Later that night, after I wrote my post, I received a surprising email. Here is the story… (*I originally posted this on August 6th, 2011)

I first heard about Marcher Lord Press through a blog interview a few years ago. By then, I knew enough about the writing industry to know that publishing a Christian fantasy would be difficult. Hardly any Christian publishing companies were taking those kinds of books. They wanted romance, historical, Amish. Not a fantasy set in a different world. Not my kind of book.

Then I read Randy Ingermanson’s interview with a man named Jeff Gerke. Jeff was starting a new publishing company that would only produce Christian science fiction and fantasy. He saw a market out there that no one was reaching. So he was going to reach it.

After reading that interview, I turned to Dan and said, “My book might have a home someday.” I never realized how true those words would become.

I watched Marcher Lord Press with interest. I watched the books produced. I read the books. And they were good. Really good. I was still finishing my own book at the time, but I knew when I was done, I wanted to submit it to Marcher Lord Press.

Later that spring, I went to the Mt Hermon Writing conference with a finished book in hand, ready to show it to agents and publishers. I also met Jeff there. I told him about my book. He seemed interested and told me to submit it. But he also warned me that it would take 12-18 months for him to get back to me about it. That was fine with me.

I went home and sent off my manuscript. I also sent it off to a couple others who were interested. Then I started writing the second book. I heard back from the others. The message was the same: good book, but not for us. I didn’t lose heart. I knew I suppose to write. But that didn’t necessarily mean I would be published.

Then life happened. Dan and I found ourselves at a crossroads a couple months ago after he was let go from the church we were serving at. All thoughts of publishing disappeared from my mind. Instead, I found myself in God’s crucible. I was being reshaped and reforged by grief and heartache. Dan and I clung to each other and God as we sought what we should do next. It finally came to the point that I would need to go back to work full time in order to help my family.

But how did publishing fit in with that? I didn’t know. We were beginning a whole new way of life with me working and Dan taking care of the kids, going to school, and looking for work or church planting. I finally knelt down one night after the kids went to bed and cried. I knew I couldn’t work and write and take care of my family. Something had to give. And I knew in my heart it had to be my writing. So for the first time, with my whole heart, I gave my writing to God. I cried as I prayed. Giving up one’s dream is really hard to do. But I was willing to give it up if God so chose.

After work last Friday, I received an email from Jeff… and didn’t open it. I waited until the kids were in bed. Then I did the dishes, all the while praying. I was scared of what the email would say. If Jeff said no, then I was free to walk away from writing. If Jeff said yes, then my life would be changing again.

I finally sat down and opened the email. Jeff’s first words were would I like to be a Marcher Lord?

I ran to Dan’s office crying. Poor Dan, he couldn’t figure out if they were good tears or sad tears. I finally said Jeff wants my book. Then we both came running back to my computer and finished the email. Then I sent off my reply. Yes, I wanted to be a Marcher Lord.

I couldn’t believe it. I walked around the house the next two days in a daze. I felt that gut twisting sensation you get when the roller coaster reaches the top and you’re looking down right before the plunge: excited and terrified. The contract came in. I read over it a couple times, had Dan read it, then signed it.

Monday, the news broke and life has not been the same since. From the moment I started writing years ago to now, I can see God’s hand on my writing journey. Everything has happened in His time. And everything I learned on the journey: patience, dealing with rejection, being teachable, has made me the person I needed to be as a published author.


4 Responses to How I became a Marcher Lord Author

  1. Jennette June 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. Such an awesome testimony! It gives me hope and reminds me that God’s timing is best.

    • Morgan L. Busse June 24, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      I am so glad my story gives you hope. That is why I share it 🙂

  2. Tony Harrison June 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I’m so glad you’re dream came true, and that God has put his blessing on your passion. Others who are still in the crucible will hear your story and take heart.

  3. Morgan L. Busse July 1, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Thanks Tony 🙂

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