I received an email from Xulon Press, a Christian self-publishing company, which I signed up with a year or two ago while helping a client decide whether to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route.
Sometimes I don’t open the emails; sometimes I skim them. This time I read the message, which was by Donald Newman, Director of Acquisitions at Xulon. He wrote the following, which are good points for anyone thinking of writing a book and not sure if they should go about it.
If that describes you, you might find it an interesting read as well …
- I believe that just about everyone has at least one book inside of them. I used to think it was only the big names that could write a book, but year after year I see great books, meaningful books, make their way into the world.
- I believe that you can never fully know who will read your book one day. It might just be your own great grandchildren or it might be the president of a nation. I doubt that John Bunyan ever thought or knew how many people would ultimately read Pilgrims Progress.
- I believe that while a speaker can impact a crowd, an author can impact generations. I have the book that my great, great uncle wrote. Is Life Worth Living was taken from his sermons on Ecclesiastes and that book has touched my life and the lives of my children.
- I believe that some of the greatest Christian books are written by people who have made their own share of mistakes in life. The real game changers, the page turners, the books that touch us in the deepest parts of our heart are books that were written by real people just like us.
- … [S]omewhere inside you lies a book that someone will need to read one day. I don’t know who that “someone” will be, and you may not either, but the Lord does. Whether it is a grandchild or a hurting person who needs encouragement, someone is going to want your book.
Is it time to write your book?
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Today I’m thankful for little disappointments. Because they are not bigger; they aren’t the end of the world. Because it’s not really all that bad.
I had been revising my novel, working to revise the fourth draft, in order to complete it in time to enter a writing contest before the deadline. It was the primary reason that I didn’t hit the 50K nanowrimo goal. And I did it! Five hours before the contest closed, I submitted my novel.
I heard back today that they had to cancel the contest as they did not receive enough submissions. I was, ever-more-than-slightly, disappointed.
I told my husband about my disappointment. Right away he told me that at least it was ready for the next step, getting a few more critiques before working on the fifth (and hopefully final) draft before taking a step toward publication.
I told my daughter and she, at nine years old, immediately said something about God having a plan in it.
I told my sister and she said it wasn’t time wasted.
They are right.
It wasn’t time wasted. It wasn’t even money wasted. God does have a plan. And it is more reader-ready than it was a month ago.
And that’s why I’m thankful for little disappointments. Because, in reality, they probably shouldn’t be seen as disappointments at all … but stepping stones.