The Beginning of the Beginning

I am excited to finally be starting my writing blog. For those of you who don’t already know me from my Hallee the Homemaker blog, I’m Hallee Bridgeman. I live in small town Kentucky with my husband, Gregg and our three kids: Kaylee, who is 15; Scott, who is 5; and Johnathan (Jeb) who is 3.

I title myself as a homemaker, but before accomplishing my daily homemaking duties, I spend my mornings blogging and writing.

I started writing romance novels when Kaylee was about 2 years old. I wrote, very roughly, ten novels in a short amount of time. I didn’t do anything with them, though. I’d just write a book, save the file, and start a new book.

A few years ago, Gregg encouraged me to pull them out and dust them off and start working on them again. Several of my books are suspenseful, and post-9-11 would need to be changed to accomodate our world, terrorism, and the addition of Homeland Security to our nation’s government. With two little boys taking time and sleep away from me, I decided to start working on a timeless trilogy I’d written – my Jewel trilogy.

I started with book one – Sapphire Ice. I read it, edited it, fixed it, and sent it to Gregg who read it, edited it, fixed it. With a synopsis, cover letter, and prayer, I mailed it off to a popular New York publisher.

The second it was gone, I felt a STRONG conviction. This book was a typical conventional romance — full of bad language, premarital sex, and financial greed. I could not stand up in my church, holding a published copy, and proudly claim that I had written that book. I also knew that if I was embarassed about the book and could not proudly claim it among my brothers and sisters in Christ, then I should not have written it in the first place.

I also know how Satan tempts, and I knew that this company would want to publish my book. I immediately re-wrote the book, making Tony, the male lead, a Christian motivated by God’s love. It only took a couple of weeks, but when I was finished, the book was ten times better than the original version.

When I went to my mailbox one day and saw the envelope from the publishing company there, I knew what the letter inside said. They loved my book and wanted to read the whole thing.

Standing on my convictions, I sent them the revised version with a letter thanking them for their interest and asking them to foward it to their inspirational division. In reply from the inspirational department, I was told that the book was wonderful, but too edgy for their market.

I decided to wait until I finished re-writing the other two books in the series — Emerald Fire and Topaz Heat — before continuing to market the books.

In the meantime, I saw something interesting happening in the publishing world. E-books became more than a fad and became a major force in the market. Amazon is the largest book seller in America, and online stores like it sell books electronically by the millions. Major New York publishers are going to exclusively e-books or are printing much less than they used to. Technology has made print-on-demand inexpensive and easy to market. Even grandmothers have computers with internet access and Kindles and other e-book readers.

Watching this happen in just the last 2 years, and knowing that the publishers are scrambling to find their niche in the e-book world, as well as watching professional writers I knew make a success with self-publishing, I decided to go that route rather than going through the process and rigamoral of traditional publishing.

So, that is my journey. The Jewels will be published each month this summer — June, July, and August.

I am happy you’re joining me here and pray my books are a blessing to you. I welcome and encourage your feedback.

In Christ,

Hallee Bridgeman Precious Signature


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14 Responses to The Beginning of the Beginning

  1. JM says:

    Yay Hallee! I’m so glad you’ve taken this step. And the blog looks wonderful!

  2. Congratulations on the Blog launch. And your upcoming releases. I’m so pleased for you.
    Teresa R.

  3. Missy Tippens says:

    Hallee, your new site looks great!

  4. heather Richardson says:

    so very excited to read you books!!

    and way to go gregg on the site! it’s wonderful and I know he works hard!

  5. Southern Gal says:

    To change the book after submitting it was a courageous thing to do. I’m glad you listened to the Holy Spirit when He sent conviction.
    Tell Gregg the blog looks wonderful!

    • Hallee says:

      It’s not always easy to go against the world’s idea of what is acceptable and even good. But I feel good about doing it.

      Thank you!

  6. M Suarez says:

    After having read your blog Hallee the Homemaker for several months now I am very excited to see you have another blog and are writing Christian novels. My kids and I are all avid readers and exclusively read christian books. We will be looking forward to reading your new books. I praise God you chose to take the narrow path and resist the temptation of the devil and the loves of the world. I pray blessings upon you and your family in this endeavor. ;-D

  7. Pat Voelker says:

    Hailee, I so admire you and the dedication to your writing. It is so wonderful that you are following your dream and not only writing your books but also publishing them too. I have always felt strongly that each of us has at least one good book we could write. At age 70 I am still searching for the right subject…..I have many that I could write about but never seem to get to put them down on paper.
    Congratulations to you and Blessings on your husband for encouraging you to continue on this journey. I will be purchasing the book to read soon. Best Wishes,
    Pat Voelker

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