Friday, August 31, 2018

Wednesday #FaithandInk Devotional ==> When It's Not A Bestseller



“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” ~ Proverbs 15:16

I launched a new book earlier this month, and it was a huge hit. It was the first book I had published in almost two years, and it felt great.
 
However, even with all the book hype and everyone telling me how much they love the book and the message behind it, it wasn’t a bestseller.  Part of that was because I sold copies behind the scenes that didn’t help my rankings. I know that. And part of it was because I believed in the message of the book so much that I gave away quite a few copies for free.  People don’t tend to buy things they have already read.  But no matter what the cause, it still hurt my overall sales and rankings.

As an author, that hurts.



Which brought me to Proverbs 15:16 today. This is what I keep coming back to. No all writing is about the money. It isn’t all about the rankings or even the reviews and recognition.

As Christian authors, we write for Christ. Which means we have to trust Him with the outcome of our book launches. We need to trust Him with our monthly book sales. Because He knows what we need when we need it. He knows who needs our books in their lives, and how to get it to them.


I have to believe that. And I do believe that. 

Yes, I might get discouraged sometimes, but that’s not God’s voice. That’s the voice of the enemy trying to distract me from doing what God wants me to do and being content where God wants me to
be.

So, if you are discouraged today, remember, it’s better to have a little and be where God wants you to be, than to listen to the voice of the enemy and abandon your calling.



Reflection:
Does Satan ever tempt you to abandon the calling God has given you in pursuit of more?

Application:
Take some time today to thank God for calling you to write for Him and ask Him to help you to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy.

 

Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Raven H. Price Wisdom’s Song

RAVEN H. PRICE: Christian Fantasy/Romance writer who enjoys inspiring people through 
entertainment. She writes stories about God’s love as the theme behind every facet of 
life. In each of her books, you will see how she brings angelic beings to life by giving them 
voices and allowing them to interact with humans.  

Writing in this method gives a supernatural or fantasy element to her writing. Her current
works are The Plan, a trilogy: The Paradigm Shift Trilogy (Convicted, Convinced, &
Commissioned), A Dog Named Derf, Wisdom’s Song, Blinded By The Light, and God’s DNA.
Raven resides in Leesburg, Georgia with her husband and five pets.  She retired from
government service in 2014 and is focusing mainly on her writing, inspiring people
through social media, and learning the marketing game to promote her books.   
You can follow Raven through these links:
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Wisdom’s Song is Raven’s latest fantasy/romance novel.   
She described how it came about as follows:  The idea to write Wisdom’s Song came to me in weird ways.  For 
almost a year everywhere I went, whether in person or online I ran across music or legends about Native
 Americans who were turning their lives over to Christ.
Since I’m from the Albany, Georgia area, where Creek Indians use to live I came up with the idea of God
forming a peace treaty by bringing two cultures together in a romantic tale.  It also gave me the idea of 
bringing Mother Nature to life where people could see how beliefs in her correlate with scripture.
I also want to mention that this book is slightly sexy, but I promise it is not erotic in any way.  By writing this 
way, it allowed me to bring out the differences between lust and love and what happens when hormones rule
our thinking.
I hope I have you intrigued.   WISDOM’S SONG
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DDPJ9HK/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Wednesday! Here's today's #FaithandInk devotional:


“… Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
~1 Corinthians 15:58

I love to write, but to be successful as a writer, we have to do more than just write. We have to do the research, marketing, maintenance, and everything else required to pay the bills. And we have to stay on task. If I wrote about whatever I wanted to on any given day, I would have over 1,000 books started, and none of them finished. The same would probably be true of blog posts.

Life as an author isn't simply about writing; it's about producing. So, while I don’t always need motivation to write, I might need motivation to finish a project. Can you relate to that? Do you ever have a day when you just can’t seem to get into the grove?

When I am in need of encouragement or motivation to move forward, I look to God’s Word. Believe it or not, God has a lot to say about motivation; the Bible is simply chock-full of encouragement to work hard. Verses like 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 37:5, Matthew 6:33, Galatians 6:9, and Luke 4:8 leap to mind.


So, on days when I feel unmotivated to get anything done, I bring myself back to this: To give myself fully to the work of the Lord, is to work even when I don’t feel like it. When I start to grow weary of doing good, I have to trust in the Lord to renew my strength (Is. 40:31).

Because the difference between writing as a hobby and being an author as a profession is in the way we treat our writing life. If we want to make a difference for Jesus, we have to work hard for the Lord. Whether we hope He will use our words or use our gift of writing as a source of income to bless our family, we still have to work hard for the Lord if we want to see the fruits of our labor.



Reflection:
Do you see writing as a hobby or a profession?
Do you ever start to grow weary in everything involved in being an author and wish all you had to do was write?

Application:
Look up the verses that I mentioned above and write down a few that mean the most to you to help encourage you when you need a bit of motivation.




Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.