Pretend for a moment that your new manuscript (or book) is a human. Imagine it as a person like yourself, in need of all the things you need to survive and succeed.
Pause now and contemplate this. Visualize it. Get a picture in your head. Think about your work as a force separate to you—almost like a child. It has come through you, but is not you.
Got the picture? If you haven't, contemplate the idea for a few minutes until you get that picture.
Now, answer these questions:
Who is its closest relationship with?
Who does it spent the most time with?
Who does it seek guidance from?
Who is its biggest influence?
Who will stand up for it?
Fight for it?
Who do you trust to help it succeed?
What does its success look like to you?
Whose hands have you put it in?
Did you answer ‘Jesus’? To all of the questions? To any of the questions?
I recently had to ask myself these questions in hindsight, because I have decided to give up trying to sell my book.
"GIVE UP SELLING?" you cry. "Why would you do that? Aren't you an author, and an Indie one at that?"
"Yes," I say. "But I could pitch my work to every publishing house in the world. I could get an agent. I could read the books, pay for the marketing, and count the 'likes'. But at the end of the day, this work I do isn’t for profit or glory. It’s for Jesus. I’ve stopped trying to do the things He says He will do for me. His direction is what matters."
What matters to you?
For me, I've always known my writing is the ministry the Lord had given me, but I never understood what that meant until recently.
It meant I had to stop trying so hard and give it to Jesus.
He is the orchestrator of my future. Of the future of my writing. He is my greatest investor. He has the greatest interest in seeing my work succeed—and, like our natural children (our sons and daughters), success is not necessarily the goals we dreamed of, but the success the Lord has planned.
Who are we? Are we servants as we are called to be? Or are we capitalists, producing a product purely with the expectation of a financial dividend? Is our measure of success judged by the awards on the shelf, the money in the bank, by how many people know our name? Is it our glory we are seeking? Or His? Does our work bring us closer the the Lord? or closer to worldly success?
How do we view our success? is it in line with a scriptural picture of success?
These are all questions I have contemplated and prayed about. I have gained an enduring peace from the Lord’s answers. I don't work to produce books. I work to serve the Lord. The work I do for Him brings ME closer to Him, and I give the work back to Him, so He can use it to work in others. My work isn't about me and them—the readers, the sellers, the agents, the world. It's about me and Him—Jesus.
These revelations have given me a boost of energy and a clear direction. I know the Lord wants me to work at writing. He wants me to work at selling as well, but to sell His way. Sometimes the work is hard, but the greatest blessing is to be given the chance to work for Him. I trust Him to give me the inspiration, and to give me the avenues for selling.
There is one more amazement to add to this revelation. I don't know where my work is heading, but I do know whose hands it’s in—and that is all I need to know.
Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel, Back to Resolution. Beyond Resolution and A New Resolution are the second and third books in the Resolution series.
Back to Resolution won the Bookseller’s Choice award at the 2012 CALEB Awards, while A New Resolution won the 2013 CALEB Prize for Fiction. She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel, written in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian authors, and has recently released the standalone novel, Ehvah After.
Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women. Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband and son.
Visit Rose at: http://rosedee.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Rose-Dee-Author-172886062810998/
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