Friday, September 6, 2013

My Journey to Publication by Diana Wallis Taylor

Diana Wallis Taylor
Writers who are yearning to get published may wonder if there's ever a time to give up. It’s understandable that we might feel a little defeated some days, especially when life steps in with even more hurdles to get over. Author Diana Wallis Taylor is here today with encouraging words for all of us. ~ Dawn

My Journey to Publication

As most people do, there are times when I look back and review the course my life has taken.

From the age of 12, I wanted to be a writer. My aunt sent one of my poems to her church newspaper and they not only published it, but sent me a check for a dollar and a half. Now that may not get you much these days, but for a 12-year-old back then, it was a wondrous thing. Someone actually paid me for something I wrote.  I continued to write poetry, joined Quill and Scroll in high school and eventually wrote articles and a short story or two. 

Due to a difficult first marriage, three beautiful children, the pain of divorce and seeking direction for my life, there seemed little time to write. I was more concerned with making ends meet and putting food on the table.  Along the way, in my need, I also met Christ and learned that all I went through could be redeemed.

Through the years, the great novel eluded me but God continued to mold His clay vessel. I gathered experience, good and bad, and grew in my knowledge of the Savior. Then, one day a woman stepped off the pages of the Scriptures into my heart. It was the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John who met Jesus at the well. By then I knew her story, for in many ways I had been there. With perseverance and a few chapters in hand, I tackled editors at conferences, only to find that no one was taking Biblical Fiction. It took God’s surprising leading and grace to call an agent cold turkey across the country that not only liked my story, but signed me to a contract. While she worked hard, the doors were still closed on Biblical Fiction. 

Resigned, I ended up self-publishing the book since I was on a speaking circuit. Then one day, there was a call from my agent and the book was picked up by Revell. Three more books followed, then a book with Whitaker House, and three more books with other publishers. My agent, Joyce Hart, who took a chance on an inexperienced writer but believed in me, has also been my friend for over 12 years and I’m still writing.

“Journey to the Well”, the Woman of Samaria, was published when I was 71 years old. I’m still writing and the last six years have been unbelievable. If there is anything I can say to someone still dreaming, still feeling like there is a book on their heart that needs to be written, then it is—keep writing. Don’t let age or obstacles discourage you. God’s timing is always perfect. Put your dream on the altar and let God give it back to you.


For years, the great novel eluded Diana Wallis Taylor, but God continued to mold His clay vessel. Click to tweet.

It took God’s leading and grace for author Diana Wallis Taylor to call an agent cold turkey. Click to tweet.

Don’t let age or obstacles discourage you. God’s timing is always perfect. Click to tweet.

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Diana Wallis Taylor, an award winning author, has completed her fifth book of Biblical Fiction.  She has written three other books of fiction and a book of poetry. Along with her books, her writing has appeared in various compilation books and magazines. Diana recently completed an Easter cantata, “Glorious”, with her fellow collaborator, Carolyn Prentice, who did the music. Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California where she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages.

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  1. Diana, your article is wonderful. I myself just published a book that I began in 1985. After writing 2 chapters back then, illness, family problems and trying to survive kept me sidetracked from finishing my novel. For me, low self confidence was a major issue. In 2007, I started doing copywriting to help ends meet. With each article that was accepted and each client the asked for me by name, I grew a little stronger. In 2012, I picked up those 2 chapters and finished the book. I self published because, after all those years, I just couldn't wait to get my baby out there where everyone could see her.

    My book is very different from yours, but I totally understand waiting for a dream to come true. And I also understand the absolute joy when it does!

    Thanks for your words!

  2. Julia, I was moderating comments on Friday, and I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting your comment published. I ran into a technical glitch and didn't realize what the problem was until this morning.


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