Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008

Achieving Publishing Success

Dear Power Writers, 

I think it is safe to say that most writers want to be published. Writing is a form of communication, and communication requires a recipient of what we communicate. But what happens when publication becomes illusive? If you’ve been experiencing frustration at not being published, please read on. 

Scripture tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). When we repeatedly fail to be published, we must ask ourselves some questions: 

1) Have I written what God told me to write? Have I even prayed about what God wanted me to write? For the Christian writer, this is the starting point of publication. To write something not ordained by God is to do a dead work. Even if it is published, it will lack the Holy Spirit’s anointing. 

2) Is my writing excellent? Have I done all I know how to do to make my writing the best it can be? Have I consulted a more experienced, published writer for input? Have I been humble to receive correction? Have I then applied it? 

3) Is God’s delay due to something in my life that must be addressed? Something more important than publication? A bad habit? An omission of a kindness? Disobedience? Impatience? Pride? 

If you are struggling with discouragement because you have not yet been published, take heart. God is doing something far greater in your life. Trust Him. And, as you wait, work on becoming the best writer you can be. 

Remember: Publication does not a writer make. Writing is what makes you a writer. 




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One thought on “Achieving Publishing Success

  1. Sometimes the delay is simply because we’re ahead of our time. Sometimes our theme is one that CBA is not ready for. I don’t know why God would give us an idea that the publishing world can’t handle yet, but He often does. We have to be patient until everyone else catches up. 🙂

    And while we’re waiting, we need to heed Mary Ann’s advice and make sure our craft is learned well and our writing is excellent. Then, when the right time comes for publication, we’ll be ready.

    October 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM