Monday, July 26, 2010
The Story God Has Given You
Self-publishing. I shook my head. Not for me. I need affirmation from those experienced in the industry. From the people who have years of knowledge. Besides, I don’t have what it takes to market myself. I will need some help.
But my words of caution didn’t stop my good friend from pursuing her dream. A few years ago, she self-published the story she said God kept waking her up at night to write. Finally, with the support of her husband and family, she wrote and wrote. Over six hundred pages.
I made her cut at least a hundred.
Yeah, I read her book and I admit I groaned over her poor punctuation and her head-hopping and terrible clichés. She cleaned it up as well as a new writer could and sent it off.
Then she wrote book two and book three.
I won’t tell you all she had to do to market these books but I know her platform helped, her job helped and her prior contacts helped.
But what helped most was her story. Once I got past all my OC about her writing style—I loved the story.
And it seems others do too because her sales have been awesome.
But what made me want to cry with her this week was the news she gave me when she called.
A well-known publisher has contacted her about the book.
She’s realistic that they might not like her work at all. But someone did. Someone mentioned her book to this publisher and praised it enough that he hunted her down and asked to speak with her.
She received her affirmation that day to keep writing despite the outcomes. Something each of us needs almost daily.
Do I believe in self-publishing now? Would I do it?
Probably not, because my situation is different. But it makes me believe even more that if you’ve got a story to tell—a good one—God will help you get it out there.
How’s your story? Is it one God gave you?