A Word Fitly Spoken

Andy Scheer 2012You never know how you’ll touch a reader’s life.

 by Andy Scheer

I often hear the phrase “divine appointment” at writers conferences, referring to someone meeting just the right editor or publisher or even another writer at just the right time.

But a divine appointment could also entail reading something right when you need it, and not just something that’s “spiritual.”

When one of my granddaughters was an infant, her parents read an article about child safety in a free community newspaper. It advised them to clarify when they expected the other to watch their child. Ever since I’ve been hearing them say, “You’ve got the tot.”

This weekend I yet again made myself a breakfast based on a recipe for microwave scrambled eggs, cooked in a coffee mug. It gives my Saturday mornings a better start and my mother-in-law the satisfaction that she passed along that clipping from her community’s give-away paper.

Someday that writer may produce famous cookbooks. Meanwhile I’m grateful she sent a recipe to a publisher in Arvada.

After I take a road trip, I write short reviews for a travel website. On the trail to Zapata Falls, I saw people struggling in flip-flops. So I wrote a brief post advising of the need for sturdy shoes. It might prevent a twisted ankle.

Whenever you put something into print — in any form — your words may result in a divine appointment and touch a life.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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