Thank you for participating in the Unglued pre-release blog party last week. I’m so encouraged by your response. I treasure every single drop of your enthusiasm and appreciate it so very, very much.
I just got back from the International Christian Retailers Show in Orlando, FL. This is a big book convention where publishers, authors, agents, media, and bookstore owners all gather to talk shop. Books are pitched. Books are sold. Books are talked about a lot!
I went to this conference years ago when I was just a wanna-be writer with a book proposal and a dream. This year, as I signed pre-release copies of Unglued, there were two thoughts going through my mind.
First…thank you Jesus that people actually came to my book signing. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like standing there with a big stack of free promotion books, a sharpie marker, and not a soul interested.
Can you imagine the joy the publisher would feel toward me in that moment? If we can’t even give the book away, how in heavens are we going to sell it?
So when people actually came, I just wanted to hug every single one of them. Seriously. And if I had lots of money I would have wanted to buy them all a steak dinner. I’m not kidding.
The second thought was…look for those desperate for your encouragement. Many of the people that came through my book signing line were people interested in writing a book one day. I remember being there. I know what it feels like to walk around with a tote bag full of book proposals and a heart full of nervous hope.
I felt the weight of responsibility to give them the encouragement I so desperately needed when I was in their shoes.
Maybe you are there right now. Whether it’s the hope of being an author or another dream you have bumping around in your heart, here’s what I’ve learned:
* Always remember rejection from man doesn’t mean rejection from God. If God has gifted you to write-write. You don’t need a book deal to have an impact with your writing. The same is true with other dreams…sing, create, teach, paint, develop-use your gifts right where you are to bless others.
* Most overnight success stories are years in the making. Value the daily discipline of small steps, hard work, honing your craft, and putting in time learning and developing. Take classes. Be mentored. Push through those moments you want to slack off. And do it over and over-year after year.
* Be a blessing to others. Don’t keep your work to yourself. Find people who could be blessed with your work. I love to write. But what I love more than writing is to see that my writing is helping other people. That’s where I find the encouragement to push through the hard times.
* Expect opposition.The challenges and disappointments and set backs are all part of it. And honestly, these hard times serve a great purpose. I think I’ve learned much more from my failures in writing then in my successes. But just remember to use these lessons…don’t waste them by giving up too soon.
* Look for the small open doors right in front of you. I always scratch my head when I meet people that tell me they want to write and speak but aren’t willing to teach a small Bible study first. If God is calling you to do something-He’ll have a door open in front of you. But it might be a small door. Look for the small door and walk through it.
Actually, dance through it with great joy because He will always do great things with people willing to be faithful in the small.
Here are the names of the winners from last week: Carolina Benavidez, Darlene Rench, Carla Capers, Jamie Phillips Brantley, Karen Roquet, and Ladonna Verstrate. If you see your name here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we would love to send your gift to you!