Book publishing has evolved over the years. The most popular method is self-publishing. I have self-published about 5 or so books and was even a part of a book collaboration. My intentions were never to become a millionaire from writing books. I never had a goal to become a best-selling author either. Some people may ask why not. Honestly, I did not feel that was the purpose for telling my story and offering spiritual encouragement.
However, there is more that I must do if I am to publish more books. That will require more recognition that makes me uncomfortable but will glorify God in a mighty way!
I prefer serving in the backdrop but that will soon be changing. As I prepare to write more books, I am considering alternative options to publishing. More companies are now offering options that helps to get your book published and put out there to your intended audiences. I realize one of the major demographic features of my audience is Christian faith. Not every Christian is on social media. Nor are they sitting inside a church. However, they are at a book store, shopping on Amazon, at a conference or retreat, a part of a local book club or Bible study, etc. I personally limit my time on social media because I often find myself so engrossed that time escapes me, and I could have been doing something more productive. Plus, I do not have all the connections of how to get my book into Christian bookstores and the like. Therefore, I am considering using a Christian online publishing company for my next books.
I am more interested in writing than spending tons of time marketing. I do anticipate other opportunities, e.g. speaking engagements, etc. However, I do not mind investing more money and blessing a company to handle my book publishing and marketing needs. It may be due to the fact I am older, and I have learned a lot these last several years. I now prefer to stay in my lane and let the experts do the rest!
I have found a very resourceful and helpful online association for Christian authors. The Christian Indie Publishing Association. They even offer a list of Christian publishers. This is certainly not an exhaustive list but a great start! And please know: I still believe self-publishing is a great option! There are many stories that needs to be birthed and can reach the right people with the self-publishing method. Do not down play self-publishing! My self-published books have gotten into the right hands because of God’s grace and mercy. I will never regret that!
Let me hear from my fellow Christian authors! I still consider myself a rookie in this writing ministry journey. How are you progressing in writing your Christian book? I am planning to take some time on these books because I am still in seminary. I plan to align them with my seminary journey. How long will it be before you publish your next Christian book? Reply below.
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