Posts Tagged ‘Rebirth Publishing’

On any given day, I wake up sometime after 7:00, head to my parents’ law firm by 8:30, and work until 10:30 for them. Then my mom and switch positions. I become her boss and she my employee. For several hours we do our best to work on Rebirth Publishing and the editing of Mark of Orion. The hope is to leave my afternoons free for concentrated, independent editing/publishing work. And since, on Lyme treatment, I have about six useable hours of energy a day, this provides me with a very limited window for my work. That means we need to be focused, right?

Only, without fail, about halfway through the editing, I start to stammer. My dyslexia has me blurring words together. I am hopelessly unable to concentrate and my tension level begins to grow. What is this mysterious phenomena that plagues me? Hunger.

It’s funny how busy-life and consuming-editing can make you forget even the most basic things–like eating. So, my fellow writers, if you are hitting block one day or finding that your nerves are getting raw or that your creativity is stifling, may I make a suggestion? Check yourself to see if you have done basic things like: eating, drinking, showering, drinking coffee, and having conversations with non-fictional people. Keeping yourself in shape is the best way to keep your writing in shape.

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I nearly got ran over far too many times on this journey to Starbucks. I’m fitting in my happy place in the middle of a rather crazy week. I know its good for me. But, after my drive, I had to be especially careful not to knock over my coffee with my shaking hands (I’m clumsy anyways). Traffic–and the police officer who randomly decided to block the highway in front of me without notice–was crazy.

Now I’m here, happy to update you with some good news. For the last few months it had been looking like my Lyme battle would have to go to the rather-risky and time/energy/life-consuming next level: IV treatments. My mom and I drove down to NY Monday night, choosing not to do the seven hour drive and the seven hour return journey in one day (like usual) in order to make things as easy on me as possible. Tuesday we saw my doctor, who then gave me the good news. I’ m progressing steadily enough that I will not be going on IV treatments anytime soon! This is really good news–not just for my social life, but also for my career. Book tours are back on the possibilities list.

I’m hardly sure how to take this rather-major life direct. Uncertain how I would handle the intensive treatments, I had been refusing to make plans after September. Now book tours and plots and plans can fill my mind. And they are. Believe me they are.

Like a reading festival Rebirth Publishing has in the works and my next book release and book tours to new and familiar places. I’m a bit like a kid in the candy store. I have a sugar-rush headache, but I am thrilled (and grateful to God) for all the opportunities opening up.

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To the Christians in my life:

It’s a scary thing to me, asking for help. I love Rebirth Publishing. I have poured myself into its growth and have brought it from a premature baby to a toddler hitting a growth spurt. But I cannot go farther by myself. Will you help me?

In the years since its creation, Rebirth Publishing has grown. Now it is more than just a company producing books or an organization with a single cause. Rather like the living being its articles of incorporation make it, Rebirth Publishing is multi-faceted. We are going in new directions, finding ourselves in the midst of new challenges, and discovering important needs that we want to help meet. When push comes to shove, Rebirth Publishing is a company committed to changing the lives of kids and teens. We long to bring ‘rebirth’ to more than fiction, but to families, churches, communities, and countries.

Now comes the part where we need your help. In order to pursue the path laid before us, we have a long way to go. I’m asking you to come alongside me. I believe Rebirth’s journey will be most impacted by a few people praying. Seven people, to be precise, each praying one day a week for a mere five minutes. I believe this will change the face of my company, of my life, and the lives of every reader and student we touch in literature and in the speaking engagements we have found to be so important.

I mimic Paul’s plea in Romans 15:30 (ESV), “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf…” I remind you that the modern mission’s movement can be traced back to a simple, rain-filled Haystack Prayer Meeting. I ask you to intercede with God for Rebirth Publishing.

Will you come to our haystack? If so, once a week you will receive an email detailing a few specific prayer requests. You can pray for these solo or with your families and groups. That’s it. Maybe it seems small, but I truly believe it can change not just my company, but the world. If you want to join us in prayer at the haystack email jess@issym.com and communicate your willingness.

Not everyone will be  called to pray for us. That’s fine. Thank you for just reading this! Rebirth Publishing is truly grateful for you.

To find out more about the original Haystack Prayer Meeting by going to: http://globalministries.org/resources/mission-study/what-is-haystack/the-history-of-the-haystack-pray.html



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It seemed that I merely blinked and two and a half hours have blown past. My nearly-undiscovered love of business rests largely on a passion for marketing. Which I guess is a good thing, given my field of choice. Pandora’s Lindsey-Stirling-themed station playing bordering-on-techno music in the background, I have been retooling my many websites. Perhaps it is my desire to dodge my own editing that makes me so excited about marketing, but I think more accurately I just love marketing…

Big days for Rebirth Publishing, as we consider where our future leads. I continue to ask for your prayers as I guide my company. After what seemed like yet another blink but was really three months of research, investigation, attempts, and prayer, I am finally ready to sit down with my ‘momager’ (I just discovered that word and I LOVE it! In case there is a less-than-pleasant idea surrounding the word let me tell you that I mean it with the greatest thrill and respect.) and make some decisions. So pray for us. Pray we will keep the right priorities, that we will follow where God leads, that opportunities will be fulfilled in His timing, that I will be patient, and whatever else you feel led to pray for us. We appreciate your support more than words can say.

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So here is the deal. I’ve got a lot of new followers and likes on this blog (thanks everybody!). Since my life story is a bit confusing, I thought I’d dedicate this post to the top ten highlights of who I am and what I do. If you are new, you can catch up without wading through the hundreds of posts I have made on here.

1) After I accepted Christ at age four I discovered an absolute passion for serving Him and teaching others the deeper truths of the faith. I taught the preschool Sunday school class before I had hit middle school myself. I loved it.

2) Creative and athletic from birth, I followed in my three siblings big footsteps to strive for excellence in much; but it took me a while to discover what I was really made for.

3) At fourteen I started playing the fiddle. As my fingers danced along the strings I was looking towards Heaven and an earthly career. Life swept me in a different course. It was when I put down the violin that I really picked up writing.

4) While writing and imagining is something I have always loved, my choice to become an author has much more to do with a calling than with a desire to do something I find pleasurable. After watching my Christian friends ingest trash called teen fiction, and then watching them leave the faith behind, I found my heart aching to reach them in literature, to provide them with something clean, honest, and adventurous to read.

5) When, at fifteen, God called me to take on the challenge of changing literature, I thought He was crazy. But, so clearly called, I pressed ahead. Discovering that a major part of the problem lay in publishing, I established Rebirth Publishing, Inc., at seventeen. My first series of novels, Issym, Asandra, and Xsardis, hit shelves in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

6) In February of 2013 (at 20) I graduated with a Bachelors in Organizational Management. While most people think it is crazy that an author went for a business degree, I am well-satisfied with my choice. All my life I have loved organizing and leading. At times, I find business more fun than writing and often just as creative an outlet. The degree serves me well as I direct Rebirth Publishing.

7) My passion grew until I began speaking and teaching in a variety of settings, showing kids and adults that the time to serve God with the whole heart is NOW. This is one of my favorite, albeit the most exhausting, parts of my varied job. I also lecture on business and writing, and mentor students personally through email and classes.

8) Fun facts: A) I have seriously desired to quit on publishing, writing, and speaking at least a half dozen times. Thanks to God’s steadfast counsel I never did and I now LOVE my job. B) I dabble as a singer/songwriter/guitarist/worship leader too. C) In high school I memorized most of the New Testament. No education ever served me better. D) The perfect writing setting for me involves a good view; my laptop; coffee; maybe a candle; and Josh Garrels or wordless, spunky music (like Lindsey Stirling) playing in the background.

9) As a single gal with a ridiculously supportive family and a network of friends throughout the country, I get to travel a lot for work. What I learn of life on my travels and at home, as well as what I learn from the students I teach, is purposefully crafted into my novels. Ever since Issym, I have determined to share my heart through my writing. You will get to know me in a new way when my next book, Mark of Orion, comes out Thanksgiving 2013.

10) I am on the adventure of life, learning more about the God I love, how He loves me, and how I can love others. It is my greatest joy to serve the King of kings. It is my honor to discover Him in writing, in nature, in music, in organization, in Scripture, in fellowship, and in the quiet and uncertain times of life.

So, there, those are the significantly inadequate highlights of my life. I will leave you with two verses that are my inspiration.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV, 1984), “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Philippians 3:12 (NIV, 1984) “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

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Morning! Yesterday was one of the craziest days I have had in a long time. Amid the wonderful events (and the chaotic ones), I had my first meeting about purchasing printing equipment for Rebirth Publishing. Initially, the price tag for doing things in the traditional fashion blew my mind away, but as reason settled, I began to look for more unconventional methods. Since when I have ever done anything conventionally? I am on the trail of a good lead. Pray that I will have wisdom. God is doing wonders for my company and it is an exciting time!

Meanwhile, check out my new Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Mae-Hodsdon/219421818200890?fref=ts

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Yesterday, I described the importance of epilogues. Now let me explain how I have applied the theory in my own series.

In my epilogues, I did not need to tell a complete story, explain character development, or give a summary of what had happened. All I needed to do was hint to readers what might come next and leave a distinct emotion in the their minds.

So when I closed off my series (with Xsardis) I wanted to leave the readers with the emotion of hope and the idea that life would go on. To do this, I exchanged a few words between the main story-tellers of my series–Joppa and Reesthma–as Joppa died. The death told that the series was really ending. It gave an emotion of completion. At the same time, I reintroduced a character readers thought was dead. This gave the idea of continuing life, hope, and rebirth. The last is especially potent since my company is ‘REBRITH Publishing.’

The simple scene (with both death and life) symbolized that while the future of the kingdom would doubtless have struggles, it would also see bright days. It took only a few paragraphs, but it left readers feeling finished. I have heard much positive feedback about how important that ending scene was.

But here is another thing to glean from that particular epilogue: the book and series would still have been finished if no one read the epilogue. The epilogue added value, but it did not need to be there. I had answered every significant question, brought the characters to a close, and tied up lose ends, long before I reached my epilogue.

In further posts, we will apply these basic principles. Keep checking back.

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