Publishing Success at Writing for the Soul

Photo: Tessa Afshar

Tessa Afshar

At the 2009 Writing for the Soul conference, I attended a Thick-skinned Manuscript clinic, where Jerry B. Jenkins edited and critiqued the first page of my novel. Because this was the first major writing conference I had attended, I did not know what to expect. I thought it would just be 12 students whose work was going to be critiqued, and two teachers. So I was surprised to find anyone was welcome to attend.

When my pages were shown on the overhead projector, Jerry’s red pen came out.

I sat there wondering if anyone would ever want to read my book. What I didn’t know was that Paul Santhouse with Moody Publishers was there. In spite of all the red, he liked it. By the next morning I had an agent, Wendy Lawton from Books and Such Literary Agency. Somehow, Paul and Wendy got together and Moody contracted Pearl in the Sand.

When God wants to get something done, sometimes He goes about it in unconventional ways! At that year’s Writing for the Soul conference, I learned so much about the craft in a short time; was accepted on the spot by an amazing agent; and a phenomenal editor decided to pursue my book during a Thick-skinned Manuscript clinic.

Tessa Afshar’s book, Pearl in the Sand, published by Moody Publishers, released September 1. A review of Tessa’s book will be posted on Tuesday.

Many writers find success at the Writing for the Soul conference. To register, click here.


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