Sunday, December 18, 2011

Follow Through - Letter of Introduction

I needed to write a letter of introduction for The Inheritance. The introvert in me let the task slide. Why? Because the next level would be contacting people. I intended to talk with the owners of the local Christian bookstore; a store I frequent as a customer, but walking in the door to promote yourself is another story. It is unnatural for me.

I'm a goal setter. It helps me stay anchored and to get done what needs to be done, even when I don't feel like it. This week the letter needed to be written. I let it go to the last day, Saturday. I pulled out my copy of How to Write Attention Grabbing Query and Cover Letters and spent a good amount of the morning crafting the first draft. Once I had the draft, editing and tweaking was the easy part. Actually contacting the bookstore would be another matter. The introvert in me is so much more comfortable behind the computer!

The letter was done. I just had to fix the second line of the address, when the phone rang. It was my daughter. She had been to the bookstore that morning and mentioned me...The upcoming interview with the local paper. Long story short, they wanted to talk to me. The letter was ready! It wasn't coincidental.

I often pray that God will enlighten the eyes of my heart, based Eph. 1:18: "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints" (NIV).

I walked out the door armed with my letter of introduction and copies of the book. I returned home with my book on the shelves of The Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Calhoun, Ga, and a tentative date for a booksigning. This date will be firmed up after I learn when the interview in the Calhoun Times will run. Through this experience, I'm reminded that God is in control, and he cares for me. As uncomfortable as I felt, I did what needed to be done and he paved the way to make it a little easier!

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