God gives you: ability, desire and a message—so you write. As the author, you choose the plot, characters and setting. The final consideration is how to use your book to build your platform and establish your brand.
The message and medium are greater than you or your book. Your book becomes a plank in your platform and an icon in your brand. After writing and publishing a Christian historical fiction novel, I would like to share my personal experiences in an effort to offer the potential writer a glimpse into the process. There are trials, pitfalls and spiritual battles. There are also accomplishments, victories and triumphs.
Consider your book to be a ministry. The first step is to pray. If you are writing a book to glorify God, whether you call it a “Christian book” or not, ask God to empower and inspire you to write the book. Pray for His guidance in publishing and marketing the book and in establishing your platform. Pray for God to grant the increase and allow the book to reach the intended audience. Finally, pray for blessings and spiritual protection for each reader.
Writing coaches and marketing consultants advise the writer to finish a specific process prior to making a call to action. You are probably reading this because you already feel called to action. You might be wondering what to do with the call. If you are motivated by an inert yearning and leading that is beyond logical explanation, you are probably right. “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others that He has redeemed you from your enemies.” (Psalm 107: 2 NLT)
If God gives you a message, He also gives you a medium of expression. He wants you to grow in the process. If He gives you a message and a mode of expression, He is willing to support you in the effort through resources, inspiration and empowerment. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and from throughout the land that He may strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.” (II Chronicles 16:9 NASB)
I am a novice, but I have walked the path, maybe a step ahead of you in some phases and possibly behind you in other areas. This is not a nuts and bolts “How To” account of self-publishing a Christian book. There are plenty of technical instructional guides available for that. I am simply relaying the story of the process I encountered and the insights I obtained so far. I am still in the process myself. “Let us consider how to motivate one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24 NLT)
In your story in which you make decisions regarding plot, setting, characters and style. You also have options to consider in publishing, and marketing. You are writing the message God gives you and maximizing it through His inspiration and empowerment in establishing your platform and ministry.
About Jerry Slauter
Jerry is a retired teacher who loves to work in his wood, metal and leather shops. He released Woodcutter’s Revival, a historical fiction novel last fall, available on his web site and Amazon. You can also find Revived: Story of Publishing a Christian Novel on Amazon.