Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Writing Life: Changes

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You’ve read the articles before. Writers who report, “I got the call!”

Well, I got an email.

Funny how God knows just what I need when I need it, because had I been on the phone when I squealed I might have burst the eardrum of my new agent. Not such a great way to start, you know!

This truly showed God’s moving. I asked several close friends to be prayer partners for me and sent out queries. I wrote to my prayer team and shared that the wait could be substantial, but this was patience training time. Less than 18 hours later I had a request for a full manuscript. Funny thing was, I’d just printed it out and sent it off with a proofreader. I asked if I could send it in early the next week, after the scrubbing.

Then, after submitting the newly washed manuscript, I again wrote my prayer team. This truly would be patience training as I had heard that manuscript-reading could take up to six months. I settled in for a long wait and thought about my next project … for a few hours.

Opening my email as my daughter fixed a snack on the counter next to me, she heard me gasp.

“Mom, is everything all right?”

“I have an email.” I stared up at her and she understood immediately.

“Do you want me to read it for you?”

I didn’t even let her get the words out before I digitally tore into the note. I read the words “recommendation” and “represent.” That was it. I started hollering and giggling and dancing a jig. Both twins joined me and my Labrador just knew it was all on account of him. He jumped and danced and barked along with us.

Then I had to stop and fully read the email … uh … but my computer had been busted in our reverie. No doubt by the huge hound.

Couldn’t get to my redhead’s computer fast enough. Not only to actually read (and reread and reread) the email, but to respond, hopefully in a professional manner that didn’t reflect the unsophisticated, uninhibited joy and revelry we’d experienced.

I’m feeling more like an author every day. I’m even listed under the “Our Authors” link at the Hartline Literary Agency where I’m now represented by Terry Burns.

I’m still giddy!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

52 thoughts on “Writing Life: Changes

  1. Congratulations !!!! How very exciting! Don’t forget us little people. LOL Many Blessings!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS, MARJI!!! Just remember, you’re not there, yet. BUT, this is a huge step in the right direction. Keep on keeping on; and remember who’s number one. 🙂

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  3. Congratulations! What lovely news. Best wishes with you writing.

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  4. I am so exited for you, Congratulations, what great news for you.
    Ingrid

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  5. Congratulations! And love the new blog look.

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  6. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!

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  7. Great news, Marji. I gave up on the traditional route and self-pubbed. Glad you were able to make it work.

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  8. Oh, Marji – SO excited for you! Congrats!!

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  9. Congrats!

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  10. Congratulations Marji! That’s fantastic!!

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  11. Excellent news!!!!! Congratulations, Marji!

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  12. Whew hooo!!! So happy for you!!!!! Loved your celebration story!!! Ask Israel to fix your computer… He just built us one and fixed his uncles laptop too. I’m sure he would love to help out. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Dancing in my heart for ya!!! Love the new look and the listing button for your books. I’ll definitely be looking for your works!!!! :))

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  13. Love it! This almost exactly mirrors my response to “the email”! We’re in for a fun ride, Marji! Can’t wait to read your novel!

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  14. Congratulations Marji! Can’t wait to see one of your books on the shelf at a bookstore!

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  15. Girl, you’ve worked hard and will work even harder. Congrats. So PROUD of you! Praying many blessings.

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  16. Huge congratulations!! What a whirlwind event. Is your head still swimming?

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  17. I’m so happy for you, Marji! I’m sending you a big hug and a huge shout of CONGRATULATIONS!
    and love the new place!! Doing the happy dance of joy with you! Look forward to reading your work.

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  18. I love whodunit’s! I love Mary Higgins Clark’s mysteries and can’t wait to add Marji Laine to my library. I’m tickled pink for your success! You’re moving on up girl!

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    • I love whodunit’s! I love Mary Higgins Clark’s mysteries and can’t wait to add Marji Laine to my library. I’m tickled pink for your success! You’re moving on up girl! Didn’t mean to be anonymous.

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    • Thanks so much! (I love whodunits too!) I’ll be swinging from the rafter when I actually sell CAT’S EYES! You can bet you’ll hear about it!

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  19. Awesome! I can’t believe I know an honest to goodness author!! Congrats!!

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  20. So happy for you, Marji! Congratulations! Woohoo!!!

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! 😀 😀

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  22. I so remember two similar emails (and one that told me I’d taken second place in my first contest). Enjoy the high that comes with that moment and be giddy all you want. Congrats and God’s peace and hand in all your endeavors–always!

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  23. Wonderful news, Marji. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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