A few weeks back I was in Dallas for the Declare blogging conference. It was a great, great weekend (and an excellent conference), despite the fact that I was pretty fried from all my travels and visits that month.
Throughout the weekend there was this great dialogue in various seminars on the different publishing routes. Being a self-publisher for several years now, my interest was peaked. Until recently, I have been perfectly happy self-publishing. I’m not one who has dreamed of becoming a published author. I’ve only recently stepped into a comfortable place of calling my self “author” and “writer”.
Having embraced this title as the platform by which God allows me to teach and to lead (the two roles I feel a specific calling toward) I have found myself recently drawn towards traditional publishing.
So, again, when the self-publishing vs. traditional publishing conversation came up, I listened intently. During a publishing panel session, Jeff Goins and Mary DeMuth both made the point that the answer to which route to go depends on your why behind publishing. Both stated that it is very hard to make a living going the traditional publishing route. But for most, the self-publishing platform can only take your message so far.
I think this is where I am at. I’m not writing primarily for income. I write because I desire to teach and to lead. My heart beats for discipleship of Christian women. It is what I am made for; it is what I love and I see the lure of traditional publishing dangling in front of me . . . and I’m ready to bite!
Jessica Kirkland, the literary agent on the panel, made a great point during the publication conversation which has stuck with me. She charged us to know what the story of our heart is and to guard it. Don’t be quick to give away your message to just anyone. If you desire to one day be traditionally published, save it.
This has resonated with me.
You see, my Focused15 Bible study method is the message of my heart. It is the “story” I want published to the world, in a way I can not do on my own. I am passionate about women experiencing the Word of God in a deep, consistent way, because it is when we are in the Word when we see God’s transforming power in our lives.
Since my time at Declare I’ve had a very encouraging phone conversation with Jessica, one that has showed me that Focused15 is indeed a needed tool and a wanted message.
It is time for the story of my heart to be written and heard, so that I can teach and lead — Lord willing — to a larger audience than I could ever imagine.
What is your heart’s story? What is your view on traditionally published books versus self-published ones?