A young career-minded woman, Amy Conner, leaves her demanding job as a reporter in Orlando. She moves to rural northeastern Pennsylvania to purchase a small Christian bookstore ministry. After struggling through many personal losses in her life, she throws all her commitments into the store leaving little room for anyone or anything else.
Scott Webster, a newcomer to town, offers his aide with not only financial resources but charm after her store burns down in a Christmas fire. Amy balks at his sincere attempts to help while her heart teeters with the pull of love for him and her commitment to ministry. Through a series of God-orchestrated events, Amy eventually allows herself to trust not only her admirer but God with all the second chances in her life.
That's what I sent (partially). Here's what I got in reply: . . Your story has many appealing plot elements, but I'm afraid I felt there wasn't enough sustained conflict, particularly for the hero, to make this story truly suitable for our line... (Steeple Hill)
And you know what? I agree. I sent this out a month ago. It's a partial of my query from my first book--written years ago.
So can you see how important the query letter is?
I know my story has more conflict but how could this poor editor tell by what I sent? She couldn't. My mess-up.
The Good. I received my options for some cards from Blue Mountain Arts in the mail too. So now I send them in and wait for the next phase--the market review which can take months.
The Ugly. Let's just say it's not a good hair day here in humid Florida.