By Arron Chambers
1. Write . . . like the wind! Practice makes perfect. If you want to be a good writer, you must practice writing.
2. Prepare for rejection. Every author I know has been rejected—many times. One of my best friends was rejected for 18 years, but he refused to quit, and he is now on his sixth book with a major publisher, which leads me to my next bit of advice . . .
4. Prepare a proposal. A proposal is a marketing plan for your book that includes your biographical information, a market analysis, target audience, detailed table of contents, and at least one sample chapter.
5. Read books on writing and marketing books. I’d start with The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
6. Don’t work with a publisher or an agent who expects to be paid in advance of a signed book contract. Don’t pay a single dollar until all of your other options are gone, and then spend your money only with a legitimate company that will help you self-publish your book.
7. Get an agent. Once your proposal is finished, I’d recommend doing a Google search for “Christian Literary Agents,” and then e-mail your proposal to as many as you can. Prepare for rejection (See No. 2 above) . . . a lot of it.
8. Be patient. The publishing industry is very slow. Pace yourself. From what I’ve experienced, it takes about 18 months for a book to go from the initial contract to the shelf of your local bookstore.
9. Consider self-publishing. If you believe you have something to say and there is someone who will want to read it, but you can’t convince any agent or publisher of that “fact,” consider self-publishing.
10. Network with other authors. I’ve found, in the publishing business, it’s not necessarily what you know but who you know. Get to know as many authors as you can. Ask them questions. Seek advice. Be nice to them.
*For more information on writing a book, visit Arron Chambers’s blog (www.MyLordandMyBlog.wordpress.com) and read the series of articles entitled, “So, You Want to Write a Book?”
Arron Chambers serves as pastor with Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado.
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Books by Arron Chambers:
Running on Empty: Life Lessons to Refuel Your Faith (David C. Cook, 2005)
Yendo Con El Tanque Vacío (Spanish translation of Running on Empty) (Vida, 2007)
Scripture to Live By: True Stories and Spiritual Lessons Inspired by the Word of God (Adams Media, 2007)
Remember Who You Are: Unleashing the Power of an Identity-Driven Life (Standard Publishing, 2007)
Go!: From Studio Audience to Center Stage (Standard Publishing, 2009)
Eats With Sinners: Reaching Hungry People Like Jesus Did (Standard Publishing, 2009)
Narrow-Minded Evangelism: Rethinking Evangelism & The Golden Rule from the Less-Traveled Road (e-book)
Devoted: Isn’t It Time to Fall More in Love With Jesus? (NavPress, 2014 See www.DevotedBook.com)