I returned from a five-day trip to a writer’s conference and sorted the phone interviews we needed to make for Christian Mix 106. Then turned my attention to my next project. A radio interview with a well-known musician who supports independent artists. I completed the information they required before I left for the conference. All … Continue reading THE FORGOTTEN
SANTA BOUGHT MY BOOK
"Hello, Teena. This is Liz from Hosanna Church. Would you like to sell your book at Imagine Christmas this weekend?" A voice emanated from under the quilt on my bed. "People go to Imagine Christmas for the show and free stuff. You won't sell any books."
FIRST FORAY IN MARKETING
She returned with Robin Wells, St. Tammany Parish Literary Artist of the Year and author of sixteen critically acclaimed fiction romance novels that had been translated into eighteen languages. Her books had won the National Golden Heart Award, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Award of Excellence, the Golden Quill, and the Holt Medallion. I wondered how I merited being on a panel with such a distinguished author.
During our lengthy conversation, Dr. Tate said something that touched a chord with me. Regarding the marketing fee, he referenced King David who refused to offer to God that which cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). I write as an offering to God and that put me at ease about my investment. Dr. Tate’s innovative way of doing business impressed me. Compared to traditional publishing it was unconventional, but it was fair and based on biblical principles.
AN EDUCATION IN PUBLISHING
Instead of 10 minutes with the agent, I got a 45-minute education in Christian publishing and the opportunity to pitch the book idea while he prepared for the workshop.