Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Is marketing boasting?
NAME THIS BLOG
By Tiffany Colter
I want you to know your comments have totally messed up my plan!!! Laugh.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a huge planner. I plan my life weeks or months in advance and I don't do well when things change. Although I'm learning to adapt.
So when I saw the great comments left for me last Tuesday I had to change what I had planned on talking about [fear] and focus a bit on something else.
Cath presents an interesting problem. She lives on a tiny tropical resort island where there are beautiful skies, warm breezes...far away from the frozen tundra up here by Toledo, Ohio [I'm sorry...I am not sounding very sympathetic, am I? smile]
Seriously, what do you do when, for whatever reason, you aren't able to market with book signings, personal appearances and other more conventional forms of advertising?
This question is important enough that I'm going to ask a few people I know well who have faced just such a dilemma [in addition to what I've learned about marketing] and I will write a full blog on this later this month. So Cath, I haven't forgotten you. I want to give you the most thorough answer I can.
Now, Carla, yours is a question I hear VERY often in Christian circles. It truly saddens me that we have become so beaten down that we feel genuine pride [happiness] over a job well done is the same as the sin of pride. [thinking ourselves better than others]
First of all, there was rejoicing in the presence of the angels when we gave our life to Christ. God REJOICED over us. Isn't that incredible!! I celebrated when my little girls learned to walk and talk. And when they responded to my enthusiasm with their toothless grins and clapped their hands together with me, I didn't rebuke them.
I think too often we focus on God as LORD and JUDGE and forget that He is also a loving daddy who came down in the body of Christ to lift an adulteress from the mud as well as a forgive a sinful man who hung on a cross beside him.
When we are called to write our writing is a ministry and a calling. Our obedience pleases God. When that book goes to print God is excited with us. He is working through us and that makes him SO happy.
Now, I wouldn't encourage Christians to go to a local bookstore and say "See this Christian fiction book...Mine is better." But if God brings you to publication, you need to let people know your book exists.
"Let your light so shine before all men that they may see your good work and give praise to your father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
This verse comes at the end of the Beatitudes. A section of the Bible famous for its words about the meek inheriting the earth.
Now, I will not get in to a theological debate here. If someone does not agree that marketing our writing is scriptural then by all means, don't do it. However, I saturate my writing in prayer and I ask God to lead each story to the person who will be healed through it. God led me to a few different Christian novels 8 years ago when I was at a low point in my life. They showed me the love and power of God in a way I'd never thought possible. They took me back to the Bible, not because they quoted scripture, but because I became hungry for a God who could help hurting people.
That is why I am so passionate about the body of Christ pushing past their fear and focusing on stewardship.
I think that as all of you start to see my philosophy on marketing you will realize my goal is never to grow at the expense of another. I genuinely want to see the body of Christ bring their fiction to an even higher level. It has grown for more than five years.
God is blessing Christian novelists and he is blessing the world through Christian novels. What we need to do now is really build on our successes. We have the anointing of the Holy Spirit to guide us. We need to draw on that wisdom to write stories that honor God and then to get those stories to a hurt and dying world.
Wow, I get so excited when I start to talk about the goodness of God. It is just such a wonderful feeling to know that the God who spoke the worlds in to being is doing the snoopy dance when I get my first book deal. Isn't that AMAZING!!
So now I need some feedback on another issue. All of my other Writer's Rest bloggers have these cute names like "Mission Possible Monday."
What should I call this blog?? Today I called it "Name this Blog" but I want a better name to start next week. This blog will be about marketing and staying motivated as a writer. So c'mon everyone!! Let's get motivated!! Think of a name for this blog. I don't have a prize...just my eternal gratitude! :-)
I almost forgot. I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching on "Get organized for Greater Efficiency" at the Christian PEN. The class will run online from July 21-Aug 11 and you can get full details here. Please help spread the word about this class. There is a fee involved but there are a limited number of scholarships available [and if you do not want to take the course, consider providing a scholarship for another author]. Registration will go through the beginning of July but I hope to have a fairly large class [30-40 if possible] so we can learn from each other.
I have to go, I finally have my plotline reworked for my WIP!!!
Your Coach for the Journey, Tiffany Colter