Earlier this week I posted a saying on my web site from the Reverend James Cleveland – “A Delay is not a Denial’. The minute I saw this comment it resonated with me.  As a writer, struggling towards publication, I had to learn to accept rejection.  It’s part of the process.  Overcoming the disappointment and continuing to pursue my goal took an amazing amount of courage and tenacity. There were times when I wondered if it was worth it.  Instead of hovering over my desk, writing, I could have curled up on the sofa with a bag of cookies and watched reruns on television.

This week I found the true meaning of Delay does not mean denial.  I received a call from an editor who wants to publish one of my manuscripts.  I have been grinning since getting that joyous call. After so many years and so many roadblocks, this moment is pure magic. (YEAH!)

While working towards this goal, delays tried to hinder my momentum. Real life stuff got in the way, work sometimes slowed me down and other times uncertainty  caused me to pause.  But none of that meant my dream was denied.  I still have a long way to go before I see my name on the New York Times bestsellers list.  This is only the beginning for me.  How about you? Are you waiting on something?


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SO happy for you! You worked hard and it paid off!! I look forward to buying your book and curling up with it with a bag of cookies. You rock!!!!

  2. I too knew it was coming…as it’s always in HIS time. Congratulations and much success…things do fall in place we just have to be “patient and wait”…….those were the words I heard five years ago and I’m still waiting…but I too know it’s in HIS time….Much love, JC

    • jackikelly says:

      JC I think one of the hardest things to do is wait. I’m not a patient person, so waiting drive me nuts. But sometimes we just have no choice.

  3. Jacki, Congrats! I have to pray for patience everyday. While I’m waiting “patiently,” I do the daily works that are required which make the waiting a little easier. To God be the glory and much success to you.

    • jackikelly says:

      Thanks Phyllis. I’ve been praying for patience since I was two. I still don’t have much, but I like to think I
      m getting better.

  4. Frank Jr. says:

    Hey Jackie ,,,,,,,,CONGRATULATIONS!!! I got the word from Mom and she pointed me to your Blog! again Congratulations and I look forward to saying “I know that NY Times Best Selling Author”.

    • jackikelly says:

      Frank, I’m working toward that NY Times Best Seller day too. Let’s hope it’s not too far away.

  5. Jackie, we’ve talked many times as you know this has been my dream as well. I have felt your frustration and I recall encouraging you to continue. You have had the stick-to-it-ness (if there is such a word) that I have longed for and I certainly can use you as an example for me to get my act together. I am very proud of you and you may not be as far away from that NY Times Best Seller as you think. You are on you way! Again, congratulations!

    • jackikelly says:

      Cynthia thanks for your comments. This is something I’ve wanted for ages. And now that I have the contract, it’s only the beginning. There is still so much work to do. I need to place my butt in the chair today and get back to my manuscript. If I can do anything to help you along this journey, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  6. Pam Parker says:

    Congratulations Jacki. I know you have been waiting for what seems like a long time but we know that all things happen in God’s time. I am so proud of you for sticking to your dream. Rejection was no match for your Faith.
    Remember I am retired and will be available to do book tours. (New York, Chicago,) LOL
    Much Love

  7. RNicholas says:

    Hey girl,
    Congrats!! Just now getting to respond. It’s been a little busy here. God is so amazing. We pray, and wait, pray and
    wait. When it’s His time to respond, He really opens up that window and pours in the blessings.

    I am really excited for you and continue to be inspired by you.

    Here’s to continued success.

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