(Business) Indie Publishing: Is It for You?

Who Is Jesus COVER front - RGBI just completed the long process of publishing my first indie project: a children’s picture book entitled WHO IS JESUS?  The book will be released October 1st.

The journey has been adventurous, with lots of twists and turns along the way. But in the process I’ve learned that creating and producing a good book requires courage, commitment, and clarity.  Let’s consider each, one by one.

Courage.  It has been said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the act of moving forward in the face of fear.  The thought of indie-publishing a full-color children’s book seemed daunting.  After all, it required not only the writing of the text, but also the artistic expertise of an illustrator who would share my vision for the book. By the grace of God, I found that illustrator in Kim Sponaugle.  Kim instinctively understood what I was trying to convey with my book.  She ran with the idea and succeeded fantastically, as you will see from some excerpts from the book below.

FA 23Also by the grace of God, I found the perfect publisher for my book in Candy Abbott, owner and CEO of Fruitbearer Publishing, LLC.  Candy is an amazing woman with a wealth of knowledge on book publishing. She guides each book through the publishing process as if it were her own.

Interestingly, I met both Candy and Kim years ago.  I met Candy at the Delaware Christian Writers’ Conference where we struck up a friendship that I knew would one day lead to my using her excellent services.  As for Kim, we met at the annual conference of the New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators held at Princeton University.  Having seen the work she did for another author friend of mine, I knew that one day I wanted Kim to illustrate one of my children’s books.FA 15

Commitment. Indie publishing requires a high level of commitment to the task at hand. There will be times when things will go wrong, even seriously wrong.  At one point, a Trojan virus threatened to obliterate all of our book files.  At another time, health issues and a death in the family intervened with getting the job done.  But with God on our side, we forged ahead, confident that we would reach the finish line. And, by His grace, we did! 🙂

Clarity. There is an old saying that if you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t like where you’ll end up. One of the most important things I’ve learned about indie publishing is to be absolutely clear about your goals and about communicating your goals. Clarity pre-empts misunderstandings that can cause glitches in the process.

Having completed one indie project, I am ready for another. I have several children’s books and works of women’s fiction in the works and look forward to the opportunity to co-labor with Christ in these other works of his heart.  There is nothing that rejoices my heart more than to proclaim, “Look what the Lord has done!”

NOTE: To purchase your copy of WHO IS JESUS?, click here.

Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

(Business) Impact, Not Numbers

Recently, the number of my Twitter followers was one short of 500.  I began to grow excited about reaching the 500 mark.  When I received an email notice of a new follower, I went to my Twitter account certain of seeing the number 500.  To my surprise, it read 498.  While I had gained one follower, I had lost two.

Immediately, I thanked the Lord for humbling me.  Better to be disciplined by my loving Heavenly Father before pride takes over than to fall flat on my face.

Holy Spirit began to minister to me.  “It’s all about impact, dear one, not numbers.”

Impact, not numbers. Far better to touch one life who needs touching than 500 who don’t.

Yet, how does a writer measure the impact of her words?

She doesn’t.

That is something we writers will know only on the other side of this life.  But that one impacted life knows.  And so does God.

And that’s all that matters.


Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio.  All Rights Reserved.

(Business) Beating the Odds with God

There is the world’s way of doing business and the Kingdom’s way.  The Kingdom’s way operates by laws that are diametrically opposed to the world’s way. One of the world’s laws is the Law of Probability.

The Law of Probability states that the more odds there are, the fewer your chances of achieving a particular result.  For example, if you are one of seven hundred writers submitting a story to a specific publisher, your chances of acceptance decrease.  On the other hand, if you are one of seven writers submitting a story to the same publisher, your chances of acceptance increase.  A one-out-of-seven probability is far better than a one-out-of-700.

But in God’s Kingdom, things work differently.  In God’s Kingdom, your chances of achieving a particular result have nothing to do with anyone else. They have only to do with God’s will and your faith.

Jesus said, “All things are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23).  In God’s Kingdom, the operative word is “possibility” not “probability”.  In God’s Kingdom, the Law of Possibility trumps the world’s Law of Probability and works for anyone who believes what God has said.

So, it doesn’t matter if you are one out of seven or one out of seven hundred. In God’s Kingdom, your chances of success are 100% as long as you believe His promise that with Him, all things are possible.

And that includes being a successful writer.

Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio.  All Rights Reserved.

(Business) What’s in it for God?

The world’s way and the Kingdom’s way stand at polar opposites.  The worldly writer will usually seek personal benefits from his writing: money, prestige, fame. The Christian writer, however, seeks first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  The Christian writer asks, “What’s in it for God?”

This question should be at the foundation of the Christian writer’s business plan. Why? Because God owns the Christian writer’s business, and all decisions about it must be made by consulting the Owner first.

Are you struggling in your writing business? Perhaps one reason may be that you have not asked the foundational question: “What’s in my writing business that will glorify God first and foremost?”

As you pose this question and seek to answer it, you will discover that only by seeking to promote God first through your writing will you ultimately reap the blessings of great influence for Him and His Kingdom.

Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA.  All Rights Reserved.

Serial Publishing: Is It for You?

An old fiction practice is coming back into vogue. It is the practice of serial publishing.

What is serial publishing? It is the act of publishing one’s novel a little bit at a time; that is,in weekly or monthly chapters. Whereas these chapters used to appear in magazines and newspapers, they now appear in blogs and on websites.

Serial publishing was a favorite practice of authors way back in the 1800s when French novelist Honoré de Balzac and British novelist Charles Dickens introduced the concept with resounding success. Inspired by a Parisian businessman and newspaper owner who saw the amazing opportunity for increasing sales by publishing novels in installments in his newspaper, serial publishing took off like wildfire. Readers kept buying the next issue of the newspaper so as not to miss the next installment of the story.

With the advent of digital publishing, fiction authors are resurrecting the practice of serial publishing, also with great success. Novelists can now make their stories available to the public in small bytes (pun intended). Such a practice enables a reader to determine if she likes a book enough to buy it.

In serial publishing, authors may or may not post their entire story.  If they do, they may charge per chapter. If they do not post their entire story, they may use a few excerpts as a promotional item for their other books.  Some authors may post the entire story and then make it available for sale as a single book.

Whatever your preference, serial publishing has a lot to offer in terms of getting your work out there. If you haven’t done so already, check out this revived way of publishing your story. You may just get hooked!

Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.