Thursday, January 14, 2010

Missouri Amazement and Manuscripts

We're so happy to tell you that Missouri went very very well and that our baby is still "cooking." No unexpected complications and Jonalyn's strength held up beautifully, even for the 8 hour speaking day on Friday.

Here are some pictures of us with the team of women who brought us out. You can also see us on stage during our talk on Men and Women. We received many enthusiastic comments from Woodcrest Chapel participants on our Soulation fan page. But we wanted to include one here:

Thank you so much for joining us! The time we spent with you both was intriguing, engaging and enlightening. While I enjoyed all three days, my husband came for Saturday and said it was the fastest two hours ever. It left him wanting more. I tossed him your books.

We had participants join us for Ask Live! last night and are continuing to be thankful that we could make this last trip. Thank you for your prayers.

This week's requests
  1. We've seen God answer prayers for wisdom with our manuscript for Coffee Shop Conversations. After Dale put in 14 hours editing, Jonalyn picked up the manuscript and found enough problems that we needed to request an entirely new edit and with an in-house editor. These means Dale's 14 hours had to be scrapped as we go back to a July version of the manuscript. The last edit was done with someone out of house and altered way too much of our material. Requesting a new copy edit took a lot of boldness on our parts, in the past we'd usually just plow through and take too much on our shoulders, but this time, we asked for the editing to be redone. Our editor has agreed, accepting full responsibility for fixing some mistakes. She will be doing an incredibly quick re-editing this week. Her name is Becky and we know her work in these last stages is pivotal for ironing out the distracting grammar, punctuation and redundancies. Would you pray for her to have calmness and balance (many of her projects have had to be put on hold to make our manuscript right this week) so that next week we can tackle this final edit.
  2. Come Monday we'll have Coffee Shop Conversations back in our hands for the final time. We'll have one week to finish it before we have to record it for an audio version of the book. This task, combined with juggling some fun company coming next week means we need incredible focus to work well on this manuscript. Would you pray for swiftness of mind, good communication between each other for this final push and God's grace to meet these deadlines?
  3. Jonalyn is excited to share that her next book, Walking in Her Shoes is currently out among publishers looking for a home. She finished her proposal for this next book on women this last Monday. You can see a video of what it will be about here. She asks for prayers that Walking in Her Shoes would find a good home, an editor that believes in the need for women to strengthen their female friendships.
And on the home front, the baby continues to grow healthy and strong. Please pray for Jonalyn to have patience with her more cumbersome body and to take time to rest when she needs it! Here she is at 33 weeks on a snowshoe we took this week.

We are grateful for you!
Dale and Jonalyn

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I watched your video describing your next book. What an amazing topic! I look forward to reading it and pray that it will help many women.