Publishing is double-edged sword. It brings us great joy and equal frustration. Daily publishers, post information about the terrible state of the industry, driving us to ask the question, “Why do we bother?”
It’s this question that prompts my letter to authors, both new and seasoned. Quitting is not an option, but strength, determination, and wherewithal must supersede that which discourages you. Follow this wisdom and know that despite the odds you are called to a task. You are trained to move ahead – groomed to withstand the wait.
Do not let your heart be troubled . . .(John 14:1 NIV) for you are called to a mission by a power far greater than that of a publisher. When rejection storms your heart, do not cover your face, but open your arms and embrace it for, it is the rejection that spurs us to hone the craft – to strive to be better. A troubled heart cannot speak clearly nor can it work effectively, but when that worry is placed in the hands of the Great Writer, it will flow effortlessly and it will touch deeply.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him . . . (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). When you take success upon yourself, your eyes become clouded by selfishness and greed. But when you trust your ways to Him, you are – in essence, acknowledging your work was inspired and gifted to you as the tool through which it is to be presented. Write the words. Write them to the best of your ability. Show an attitude of willingness and teachable spirit as you work with editors and publishers. Then trust the work back into the hands of the Great Inspiration and let Him do with it as He sees fit. After all, it was His to begin with. He simply chose you as the best communicator of the story.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). Keep in mind the publishing industry a huge wheel. Placed around the wheel are genres, articles, and needs that slowly circle. Today your work may not be at the top of the wheel, but implore patience and trust, and the wheel will spin, eventually landing on your time . . . your work . . . your season. This is when your work begins to take wing and fly. Your work grows from rejections to rewriting, editing, and honing. With each revisit, more and more improvement is made. And when your time rises to the top, it will be . . . amazing.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NIV). When success comes your way, do not forget from whence it came. Rejoice in the success of the completion of your work but do not claim credit when the praise belongs to the Great Chooser – for He chose you, gifted you, and blessed you. Do not allow the praise of good work make you haughty, but remain of humble spirit, filled with kindness and giving the glory to Him who chose you to complete His work. Rejoice fully in the completion of the work. Do not take on the attitude of entitlement – instead, write, give, serve others with your skill and the Great Giver will take your efforts and multiply them ten-fold. Should hard times fall over you in the midst of your joy, rejoice in the Lord always for there is comfort in turning your fears of failure to the Giver of Peace.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4 NIV). Your passion and desire is infectious and when you work with an attitude of happiness and giving, the Lord delights in you and He gifts you according to His will, the desires of your heart. When you put forth your best effort to write compelling pieces, then what you craft can be used to touch hearts. Grasp hold of gentleness for the words you are gifted may be tough and you must be prepared to extend compassion to those who do not understand. Write truth. Do not preach it. Write it in love and tenderness and the One who touched your senses with this idea will bless the task. Be an imitator of the Father, sculpting words and phrases that touch and inspire others.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord my Rock and my Redeemer(Psalms 19:14 NIV). Remember He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He knows the plans He has for you. So trust. Practice. Learn. Share. Give of yourself. Be faithful and intentional as you write the words He places on your heart. Remember it is not about you, rather what can you do to expand the Kingdom.
Sometimes words of wisdom are hard to endure but dear writer, the Great Author will work through you and your skills of writing – be it fiction or truth. Show the world the light of Truth because the Light is where the world needs to look. These are words written in love to guide you through discouragement and temptation and point your heart toward Him. Now use your gift. Write with the pen of the Great I Am and change lives.
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