I Predict

I’ve submitted my memoir manuscript
to three publishers so far
with four more planned

I predict that each one will
absolutely love it and offer me a contract

or they will hate it and send me a form rejection email

or something in between
they’ll personally like it but aren’t sure it will sell
so they’ll give me some advice on building my platform

I predict that the contract I’m offered
will include a HUGE advance
like the $60,000 advance Stephen King got
for his first novel Carrie
and royalties will be 45%

or they will offer no advance
and a 10% royalty on net sales

I predict that my memoir will be a true
New York Times bestseller
not one of those where the author bought
that top spot

or only my personal friends and family
will buy a copy out of pity for me
and half of them will expect a copy as a gift because,
well, they are friends and family

I predict that millions of people
will be touched by my story and find healing,
the truth of the power of forgiveness it contains

or only one person will be changed and find peace
because of the words I’ve penned
the story I’ve told,
and that one person is me,
and that’s okay


The Writer’s Digest April PAD prompt for today is to write a prediction poem. I like it better than the NaPoWriMo.net prompt so I went with it. Although I suppose this could be read as a tiny play and fit the latter prompt as well.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


7 Responses

  1. I love this prediction poem, with its truth and humor. And I wish you the best with your memoir submissions! I have experienced healing from your poetry, and I deeply admire you for telling your story. Thank you, and many blessings!

  2. I Predict that however it goes will be God’s perfect plan and that you will have perfect peace. I am starting a book and finding out rather quickly that what we write is more for us than for others, even though it is for all.

  3. One of my favorite stories about an author being rejected is James Lee Burke. He had a book, The “Lost Get-Back Boogie,” rejected 111 times over a nine-year period. Eventually, a publisher accepted it and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. To date, he has sold millions of books and won numerous awards.

    When he was asked how he handled the rejection, he replied, “I kept on writing.”

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