Blogger: Mary Keeley
Through a myriad of conversations this week, I was once again profoundly struck by how willing Christian authors are to help each other. Published authors freely mentor unpublished writers. New writers help to promote fellow authors’ new releases. You won’t find this prevailing in general market publishing or in other business sectors. And have you noticed how this characteristic seems to endure through good seasons and bad in the CBA industry? This is an amazing phenomenon, and today I want to celebrate authors helping authors.
Many accomplished authors give generously of their time to mentor newer writers they get to know and in whom they see the necessary passion and promise. Thank you, authors. You know who you are.
The moral support you give each other is immeasurable. We see it all the time among this blog community. When you are together at conferences, on social media, and in email conversations, encouragement is a present companion, am I right? You readily celebrate another’s victory, even while still waiting for your own. You give your writer friend a supportive but honest critique, though it might sting for a moment, because it will help to improve the book.
You share resources with each other to help in their research. You pass along industry information to each other. You introduce a new writer you met at a conference to your Facebook followers. You share guest blogs with writer friends to expand each other’s audience reach. You participate in each other’s book launches as enthusiastic influencers. You are willing to read a new writer’s manuscript for potential endorsement.
And I have to go beyond the context and mention editors who, in a rejection, go on to offer you specific suggestions for improving your book. Keeping in mind how many submissions they must wade through, be encouraged by this kind of rejection because the editor sees potential in you or she wouldn’t spend the time.
Whenever you wonder if God still is with you on your journey to write books that bring him honor, just look around you and see his hand in those he brings your way.
What have I missed celebrating? Recount for us a time when you were on the receiving end of another author’s support. And a time when you were able to be on the giving end, offering help to a fellow author. NO NAMES, PLEASE. These authors don’t gift other authors for self-gratification.
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