Hanging My Clock


My husband bought me that clock a year ago.

He bought it because I was pitching my first book proposal to an agent and as a stalwart supporter of my writing, he wanted to encourage me. So I sent off this idea to the agent who I most wanted to represent me.

That proposal was rejected.

So my hilarious clock sat on my dresser.

And I took the constructive criticism that the agent so graciously offered me and went back to the drawing board. I rewrote and reworked and came up with something that was way better, thanks largely to help from Ed Cyzewski. It was something that I loved. And I submitted to the agent again.

That proposal was rejected, too.

And the clock got buried under out of season clothes and children’s school papers.

I cried on the phone with my friend Matthew for a couple of hours and he offered lots of encouragement. Jason continued to listen to me bounce ideas around. My close friends suffered through months of me whining and complaining about how hard this whole process was.

And I kind of forgot about the clock.

I felt listless, so I started a new series. It was something that mattered to me because I’ve seen how misconceptions can hurt relationships. It was something that I could write while I tried to sort out what I wanted to do with my writing.

Life is funny.

Last week, Rachelle Gardner, the agent who I have wanted to work with for a very long time, who represents nearly all of my favorite female authors, took me on as one of her clients. And we’re going to work together to make that series into a book.


And I finally hung up my clock.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahNMoon Sarah Moon


    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thanks! It IS exciting!

  • http://www.walkingthroughthevalley.com/ Stephanie

    Congratulations!!! So very exciting. And good for you for not giving up :)

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      There were more than a few moments. Grateful for the encouragement that I received along the way to keep going.

  • http://jenniferluitwieler.com/ Jennifer Luitwieler

    This is the best kind of news, yo. Super proud, over the moon excited and eager to see how this process stretches you. Now the hardwork begins, but it is good, because it is important.

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Yeah, there are parts of what is to come that are more exciting to me than others. ;) And thanks!

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.com/ Ed_Cyzewski

    Time for an adult beverage!

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Indeed! Thank you SO MUCH for all of your help & encouragement!

  • https://turnerbethany.wordpress.com/ turner_bethany

    Congratulations!!!! Can’t wait to keep reading about your process.

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Well, I’m an over-sharer, so no worries there. Ha!

  • Christine Organ

    So incredibly happy for you!

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thanks so much!

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com/ Adrian Waller

    Clearly, that clock is missing “Party!!!”

    Because that’s definitely what time it is around here. =)

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      I think it’s mostly missing “screw around on Facebook & Twitter.” I think that’s probably the bulk of the original writing process.

      • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com/ Adrian Waller

        Truer words were never spoken. :)

  • http://steadilyskippingstones.com/ Michelle Moran

    That’s great news, Alise!

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thanks, Michelle!

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    So, so excited for you, Alise! It’s about time someone recognized your talent. xoxo

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thank you, friend! I’m pretty excited as well!

  • http://meetthebuttrams.com/ Jessica Buttram

    The world needs to read that book. XO.

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Target audience: THE WORLD. I’m pretty sure publishers are all over that, right? ;)

  • http://logicandimagination.wordpress.com/ Melody Harrison Hanson

    It’s a scary topic, you’ll need great courage

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      It will certainly stretch me and no doubt frustrate me at times. But I’ve seen good things in the beginning part of the process, so I have hope as well!

  • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

    Life is funny, God is funny. This is incredible news, friend. I’m so excited for you. Also, I need that clock. ;)

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thanks! And oh my gosh, right???? I pretty much adore that I’m married to someone who knows me so well.

  • http://somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

    congrats, lady!!

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Thanks so much!

  • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

    I am so excited for you! I’ll take two! Somehow I feel braver about my own writing after reading this…

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      Hooray! I know that it’s taken the courage of many others on my behalf to get even this far and there’s still a long way to go.

  • http://felicemifa.wordpress.com/ Margaret_at_FeliceMiFa


  • http://www.gatebeautiful.ca bekka

    Yay! Happy news, I’m so excited for you :)

  • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

    Oh Congratulations!!! This is awesome!

  • Anita_Mathias

    Congratulations on your persistence, and sucess, Alise!

  • Tim2063

    Congratulations Alise!

  • http://ear-sword-miracle.blogspot.com/ Miles O’Neal

    Congratulations! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me.

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    Soooo happy for you!

  • http://ear-sword-miracle.blogspot.com/ Miles O’Neal

    BTW, is that clock for sale? I’m interested.
    Or it would make a great giveaway for a contest of some sort…