The Over 50 Writer

DREAMS UNIMAGINED by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by Patti Shene

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR SHANNON VANNATTER TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. SHANNON SHARES AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT AND TALKS ABOUT LIFE GOALS SHE ACHIEVED THAT SHE NEVER IMAGINED, EVEN IN HER DREAMS.

 

 

 

SHANNON IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.

 

 

DREAMS UNIMAGINED

 

 

by

 

 

Shannon Taylor Vannatter

 

 

 

 

 

In my twenties, I never dreamed I’d be a published author. Writing or anything to do with it wasn’t on my radar screen. It wasn’t until I was thirty-three that I realized the story I’d had in my head since my teens, the one I thought was a movie, could be a book. I spent the next nine and a half years trying to get published. By the time I got a contract, I was forty-two.

 

 

 

In my thirties, I never imagined I’d be an editor. I was too busy trying to get published. But once I did, I wanted to share what I’d learned with other writers. To pass along tips and knowledge gained along with warnings about things I’d done wrong along the way. I taught classes at writer’s groups and conferences. Even though I’m an introvert, when it comes to writing, I love standing in front of people and talking about it. The hope of teaching some other hopeful something they didn’t know, something that might get them published calms my nerves.

 

 

 

After a few years of teaching, I got the opportunity to do paid critiques at conferences. Hopeful writers e-mailed me their three chapters, I’d critique them, and then meet with them in person at the conference to give feedback. I loved working one on one with pre-published authors, seeing their eyes light up when I showed them what they’d done right, dim with disappointment on what they’d done wrong, and then the joy return when I explained how easy it was to fix their mistakes.

 

 

 

I had the thought that it would be fun to be an editor. To help writers make their dreams come true and improve their skills along the way. Even though I’d practically gone to college by working with at least a dozen different editors in the process of eighteen published books, it pretty much takes a degree to be an editor. And I’d rather write than go to school. So even in my forties, I never dreamed I’d be an editor.

 

 

 

Until I was in my fifties and my friend Linda Fulkerson called with an offer. We met back in 2007 or so at a writer’s group meeting. A few months later, she asked if I wanted to go to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Minneapolis. At that fateful conference, I pitched to an editor and ended up getting my first contract. Since then, we’ve been travel buddies and roomies at dozens of conferences and retreats. We’ve taught classes, plotted books, and shared life experiences.

 

 

 

As different as day and night, Linda is an ex-marine, I’m an ex-hairdresser. I’m technology challenged, she’s a computer geek. I love to write, Linda loves to plot. She’s great with graphics and photography, I’m better with words. She knows her way around business and contracts, my eyes glaze over about such things. She’s an ex-newspaper editor and has written nonfiction, I’d rather make stuff up.

 

 

 

In May, she called to tell me that Kathy and Jerry Cretsinger, the owners of Mantle Rock Publishing, a small press, wanted to retire and sell their business. Linda wanted to buy it. But she needed a partner, someone with skills opposite of hers. I was the first person she thought of. Honored, I thought it sounded fun. After discussing it with my husband and God, I accepted. I’m currently taking an online editing course. I’ve completed half of the course and once I finish, I’ll be a certified content editor.

 

 

 

In May, we traveled to the Cretsinger’s home, signed the papers, and spent three days learning the ropes. I spent the rest of May and most of June taking my class and wrapping up my writing commitments. It’s been great timing, since I just finished a contract with Love Inspired for a three-book series. I had time to send my agent a new proposal and by the time I hear back about that, if it sells, I’ll have finished my class and gotten caught up on my editing commitments.

 

 

 

Scrivenings Press officially launched July 1st. We bought most of Mantle Rock’s back list along with several already contracted books, but we’re open for submissions. I’m currently editing the first manuscript on my schedule. I’ll serve as acquisitions/content editor and author development while Linda will take care of copy editing, book covers, contracts, and the business stuff I consider un-fun. Our skill sets complement each other and we make a great team.

 

 

 

So in my fifties, fifty-four to be exact, I’ve achieved another dream I never saw coming. God is good.

 

 

 

Is there a dream you’ve achieved or hope to achieve? If you could do anything you wanted to, what would it be?

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY INFO:  I’m giving away five copies of The Cowboy’s Missing Memory and five copies of my Western Collection two in one with Jill Lynn – Counting on the Cowboy and Her Texas Cowboy will be split among commenters. Winners will be revealed on Shannon’s Blog on July 15th.

 

 

 

Award winning author Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.

She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Recently, Shannon joined Scrivenings Press as co-owner/acquisitions/content editor.

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Comments

Amanda Bennett From Tennessee At 7/20/2020 5:53:39 PM

One of your announcement posts on Twitter caught my eye, and I've loved reading the blog posts. Congratulations on your new adventure! Publishing is a constantly moving process, getting more exciting daily. Congratulations!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amanda. So glad the Twitter post caught your attention. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a message for Shannon.

Natalya Lakhno From CA At 7/14/2020 3:00:41 PM

Yes :) I did - I became an Accountant - really! lol I love numbers and it's fascinating for me - I love my job!!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. I have always loved numbers too! Never entered a profession that used them much, but I still enjoy making personal budget spreadsheets so I can play with numbers. Thank you for stopping by.

Kim From Pangburn At 7/11/2020 12:03:31 AM

I am so excited for this new chapter for the two of you! I dream of being a published author some day. I’ve been submitting short stories and essays with a bit of success lately, and hope to complete some longer work soon.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kim. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your dream of publication. May God bless your endeavors.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/10/2020 10:48:24 PM

Thank you, Amre. It's been pretty hectic during the transition. But I got to contract a book we're really excited about.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/10/2020 10:47:08 PM

Hi Mary Pat. I enjoy encouraging authors. We're really excited about Scrivenings.

Amre From Idaho At 7/9/2020 6:51:23 PM

Hi Shannon, Funny how God works!! So good to hear what God is doing in your life, the journey you've been on, and about Scrivenings Press! Excited to see what the future holds for you and this new adventure!! Blessings! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Shannon.

Mary Pat Johns From Victoria, TX At 7/9/2020 10:05:16 AM

I enjoyed reading about your writing/editing journey and looked over the Scrivener website. Thanks so much for sharing your journey and the publication info.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Mary Pat. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Shannon.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/8/2020 1:48:42 PM

Hey Linda, I thought I wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid. Then I dreamed of being a cleaner at Six Flags, who roller skated and swept trash. I loved roller skating and Six Flags, so I thought it was the perfect job. I dreamed of being a vet too until I learned they had to put animals to sleep.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/8/2020 1:45:20 PM

That's a very worthy pursuit, Lucy. One we all should aspire to.

Linda Palmer From KS At 7/8/2020 12:11:06 PM

I loved reading about the start of your writing career and the begin of a new publishing group. I had dreams of doing different things, writing children’s books, being a social worker, and being on a church staff. I was on a staff for about a year, but none of the others have come to pass.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Linda. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us. Don't give up on those dreams! We never know what God has in store for us down the road. Sometimes it is a matter of His timing.

LucyReynolds From WV At 7/8/2020 12:02:29 PM

Wow! What an amazing journey. God is good. My dream is just to be the best daughter, wife, mother, nana, and Christ follower I can be.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lucy. Thank you so much for stopping by. I believe your dream is one well worth pursuing and will touch the lives of others in ways you never imagined!

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/8/2020 11:20:11 AM

Yes Vivian. I'll get the winner's e-mail address from Patti and make contact for a snail mail address. Thanks for stopping by.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/8/2020 11:18:42 AM

Hey Cleo. It was all definitely God ordered. I just try to follow his lead when he opens doors.

Shannon Taylor Vanna From Arkansas At 7/8/2020 11:17:38 AM

Becky, you make me laugh. I am the most unorganized person you could ever meet. My writing and editing is the most organized thing in my chaos though. It's the only way I can keep up is to semi-organize.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 7/8/2020 9:31:28 AM

Shannon, what a path you've been on! Praise God for all of those accomplishments on a writing path you never imagined. By reading this, I can tell you are organized and have lots of energy! :) Many blessings as you continue on, encouraging other writers.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your appreciation for this post and the encouragement Shannon has provided to all of us.

Cleo Lampos From Illinois At 7/8/2020 7:33:40 AM

"When the fullness of time had come." Your life story is an illustration of this. What an inspiration it was for me to read of your journey, and the fingerprints of God on your mission. You have made many seniors empowered today.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Cleo. This is so true! When I read Shannon's story, I thought of all the ways God uses us that we never imagined. Thank you for joining the conversation.

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs, CO At 7/8/2020 6:04:33 AM

I've read some of Jill Lynn's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This sounds like a great giveaway. If I am blessed to win, would i be notified by e-mail?

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you so much for stopping by. Since I'm not doing this particular giveaway, I'll have to let Shannon answer that question.

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