Sunday, December 20, 2009
By Trina Boice
Is it that time again already for another shameless plug? YES!!! I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my 8th book, just one month after my 7th book hit store shelves! YAY! No, I don't really write them that fast...that just happens to be the timing of their publication.
Life is all about timing, I've decided. I've known writers who have spent years trying to get their manuscripts published and then, when the book finally hits the market, people call the writer an "overnight success." The common thread I see that groups successful writers together is persistence. Even the most talented writer can remain unpublished if he stops believing in his work and gives up in the "hurry up and wait" world of the business of book publishing.
My newest book is one that I started over 2 years ago. Its journey involved a change of publishers, where it has finally found its home at Cedar Fort! The book was created to help LDS Cub Scout leaders combine the Primary's "Faith in God" award requirements with the overwhelming myriad of Cub Scout achievements. Like all of my other books so far, this one offers a giant brainstorm of ideas to help the devoted leader who is outrageously busy.
The Cub Scout program is very sweet, bringing families together and providing memorable activities that bind hearts. I became a "Den Mother" when my oldest son was just 7 years old. He wanted to be a Tiger Cub Scout, but because LDS packs don't sign up boys until they're 8 years old, we joined a school pack and I naively volunteered to lead the group, not having a clue what I was getting myself in to!
My two oldest boys went all the way from Tiger Cub Scout to Eagle Boy Scout! My third son is currently working on his Eagle Scout project, and my youngest son is still in Cub Scouts. It's been a wonderful adventure and I'm thrilled to be able to share a few of the things I've learned over the years with moms and dads who may just be starting.
Advancing from Tiger all the way to Eagle takes time. And so does going from thinking of an idea for a book to autographing the finished product at your own book signing. Remember, persistence!