Author: Lauren Miller

The Divine Mercy Novena

In 2020, I participated in my first novena — the Divine Mercy novena. Today was the final day. A novena, for the unfamiliar, is a nine-day period leading up to a feast day in the Catholic Church, in which you say the same prayer (or set of prayers) for various intentions. In the Catholic Church, Divine Mercy Sunday falls on the Sunday immediately after Easter, so the novena begins on Good Friday each year, and concludes on the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday. The feast finds its origins in the life and writings of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), who purported to have conversations with Jesus, and her life’s mission was basically the propagation of this devotion to the Divine Mercy. St. Faustina had a vision of Jesus with blood and water flowing from his heart and a painting was commissioned that is still venerated. I’ve blogged before about the chaplet of Divine Mercy (here), so if you’re interested in specifics, definitely check that link out. What I’d like to share for a few minutes …

Is It Worth Dying For?

The world is changing so rapidly, it’s quite steals your breath away at times, doesn’t it? Hey, it’s Lauren. It’s been about two months since my last post. February was a blur of writing-related activity, catching up on new queries and client-related tasks, and then came March and we all know how the sociological landscape has changed in a month. And then March lasted for what felt like, years, and we’re finally, blessedly, in April and quickly approaching the end of Lent and the start of the Easter season. This has been a peculiar Lent, a time of a spiritual desert. For many of us, our churches are live-streaming services, if not shut entirely. The Bible studies, youth groups, men/women’s meetings are cancelled, and for us Catholics, a priest that is willing to dispense any of the sacraments in person has become scarce. Grocery shopping yesterday, fear and control were evident everywhere I went. Perhaps you’ve told yourself that it’s worth this sacrifice, for a little while, to protect our families, and our neighbors from …

Kicking Off The 2020 Conference Season

Hi all, I’m delighted to announce that the 2020 conference season is now underway. I kicked off the year last weekend taking remote pitches at THE CRUCIBLE, a writers conference by bestselling author, Angie Fenimore. There were a number of pitch opportunities that weekend, and I’m incredibly grateful to Angie for the chance to expand my exposure as a junior literary agent by meeting a TON of authors and hearing about their books. If you follow me on social media, you may have encountered me gushing about this event already. It is such a humbling experience meeting authors. I know that many times, it’s the first time you’ve pitched to an agent. What an incredibly intimidating thing to do. You guys are so courageous! The thing to remember is agents are just people, the same as you. I’m likely as nervous as you are. It just feels more stressful because under that professional exterior, you might be banking your hopes on representation, and I am hoping to find the next great read….no pressure, right? So, …

First Print Listing!!!

I am so grateful to be included with these two extremely talented ladies. I have so much to learn! If you’re a Christian author, I hope you will consider looking into Steve Laube’s book of publishing resources for writers. And if you’re looking for representation, check out the Metamorphosis website for web form queries (NOT email) if you’d like to submit. Thank you for reading and happy Epiphany!