Blogger: Rachel Kent
This blog is similar to Wendy’s in that I’m going to talk about a project I’ve been pitching to editors. This post is less about the “perfect pitch” and more about how to entice editors to read a proposal. I’m hoping that you will see through this post that highlighting who you are and having an established, defined message will help you to catch those editors’ eyes. Each of you is unique and is writing for a reason–whether you write fiction or nonfiction–and being true to yourself and your message will help you to go far.
Amy Ford, my client, runs a ministry for young, single women at her church in Texas, and it’s expanding. The group is called Embrace Grace and is a nonprofit formed to offer support, friendship and spiritual guidance to women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy. The work Amy and her friend Salina Duffy are doing is saving lives–both spiritually, through the message of Jesus, and literally, through showing young ladies alternatives to abortion. Embrace Grace goes beyond teaching these women. The group offers friendship and companionship. The women aren’t alone as they journey down the unfamiliar path of pregnancy. Along with weekly meetings, Embrace Grace throws each woman a baby shower or celebration party (if giving the baby up for adoption is the decision). They have a princess day to emphasize how each of these women is a child of God. The sense of community is beautiful.
Amy’s book, A Bump in Life: True Stories of Hope and Courage During an Unplanned Pregnancy, shares real-life stories to encourage women who might not have a group like Embrace Grace near them. It will help these young women to realize that there is hope even when they are facing overwhelming emotions and fear. It encourages the women to seek support in the right places.
Amy’s message is so strong and so necessary these days–in a world where more than 1 million abortions take place each year in the U.S. alone– that the book was instantly well-received by the publishers. They saw the book as a way that they could help to make a difference. This is what each of you should strive for with your books–a book that has a message that the publishers will want to align themselves with to help the world in one way or another.
Amy has also lived her message. She’s been the girl facing an unplanned pregnancy–scared and unsure of what to do–so she knows what these women are going through. Her story will be part of the book. I encourage each of you to write what you have lived. Your message will be stronger if you are not removed from it. Show in your book how God has worked in your life. You can do this with fiction too!
Amy and Salina have also put together a wonderful website and a blog that show the heart of the message of Amy’s book and the Embrace Grace ministry. Check it out here: http://www.iembracegrace.com/index2.php Be sure to watch the slideshow on the homepage. It’s amazing and even better with the music. I’m not an overly emotional person, but I found myself crying. A publisher looking at the website would see that the ministry is touching lives, and Amy’s heart for these women would be apparent. I hope each of you will take a closer look at your website and blog to make sure it’s sharing the message you want it to for potential publishers and your audience.
What is your unique message, and how are you showing it in your book?