This week, we’re proud to feature Christopher Ferebee of The Christopher Ferebee Agency to weigh in on self-publishing. A literary agent since 1999, he represents thought-provoking, life-changing, and uplifting books from a wide-range of thought-leaders and world changers. More important, he’s an incredible friend to us.
What do The Shack, Jesus Calling, and 50 Shades of Grey all have in common?
Their respective commercial trade publishers have sold millions of copies of each, and they all started out as self-published works. The easy answer to the question, Will a publisher consider my self-published book, is “yes.” But you knew it would be more nuanced than that.
Even the best writers run out of words on a topic, whether crafting…
I filmed this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip to give you four tactics so you know what to say when you don’t know what to say. And they’ll make you a better writer. Promise.
Writing often begins with wondering. Pen in hand, you find yourself asking…
Will people ever read what I write?
Do I have what it takes to write a book?
Why should I write when mountains of books already exist on this topic?
I call these “God nudges.” They are stirrings that emanate from outside a writer’s life—you might say, from above.
After coaching countless people in their publishing careers, I’ve discovered that these questions are common to everyone who has ever felt a nudge to write.
How do you know, in your situation, if it’s time to finally write the story that’s been rattling in your bones?
I’ve developed a 5-point checklist to determine if you’re really ready to write your book: Read More
“Do I have enough talent to be a writer?” asked one of the students in the Write Brilliant Academy.
While surfing online she stumbled on an agent’s website that said…
“Most people should not be encouraged to write.”
Those words sent her into a spiral of self-doubt and second-guessing. I offer a response here.
But the question of talent remains.
Maybe you, too, wonder, Do I have talent when it comes to writing?
I will respond to you as I did to my precious Write Brilliant Academy student.Read More
Many writers don’t have compelling content because they don’t live compelling lives.
Your writing will never be more interesting than you.
Your writing will never be deeper than you.
Your writing will never be more informed than you.
Your writing will never be more inspiring than you.
This is critical if you want to be a brilliant writer:
If you want to write a better story, you must live a better story.
How do you live a better story? How do you live a story worth writing about?Read More
As an acquisitions editor for a major publishing house, it’s my job to review book proposals from aspiring authors. But over the years, I’ve met dozens of writers who want to assemble a book proposal but don’t know where to begin.
If you’re sitting down to crank out a proposal for your book, start by identifying the angle.
My favorite question to ask writers is this, “What is the boldest statement your book has to make?”
This tells me what you’re angle is. And when I read proposals, this is the gem I’m looking for above all else.
If you’re a newbie, you may be wondering what the heck an angle is, anyway. No, you don’t need to find your high school protractor and compass to develop it. Read More
Students in the Write Brilliant Academy often ask, “Should I publish with a Christian or mainstream publisher?”
I love this question because it means our members are thinking ahead, planning for a bright future, and living a life worth writing about.
But rather than just give you my opinion, I asked Christopher Ferebee, a literary agent, to weigh in on this important issue…Read More
His articles have been viewed by tens-of-millions, showcased on some of today’s hottest talk shows, and featured on national news stations worldwide.
Jarrid Wilson is author of multiple books including Wondrous Pursuit as well as a friend of the Write Brilliant Academy. In this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip, his shares will make a measured difference in your online writing and platform—and how to to do it…
Shelby Spear used to read Guideposts stories to her children. “One day mommy will have a story published in this magazine,” Shelby told her kids.
That was 16 years ago.
In July, Shelby Spear’s article, Inked With Love, appeared in Guideposts magazine.
Shelby, who writes at ShelbySpear.com, became a student of the Write Brilliant Academy in 2015 (formerly Writers Boot Camp). Before she joined the Academy, she was sharing spiritual devotions on a personal blog, writing for her parish newsletter, and dabbling in writing a book.
Shelby submitted a story to Guideposts back in 2010 which was rejected. “I read it again recently and realized how much Write Brilliant Academy taught me. My writing was awful.”
“I learned so much that almost every aspect of my writing changed,” she says.
“Learning to zoom my prose, snuff the fluff, cut out the adverbs, apply word magic, and craft proper story structure fall on the short list of lessons implemented.
I also realized I was writing to an audience of everyone which really meant no one.
Through the Academy, my confidence skyrocketed and within four months I was getting multiple articles published on several on-line sites. For pay even!”
One of the big game changers for Shelby was the instruction to create a consistent brand for a platform across all social media channels and personal blog using her full name.
She logged into her GoDaddy account during the live training and purchased shelbyspear.com. She then set up her Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts named “shelspear’.
All her platforms have grown.
By focusing her attention on Twitter, she’s seen her followers grow by 4,400%. That’s not a typo.
How do you increase your traffic by 1000%?Read More
Ever sit to write but the words feel stifled? Or the inner critic roars its ugly head?
You’re not alone. I do too.
Every writer must develop their own technique to overcome the inner critic that whispers that you, your story, your words, somehow aren’t good enough.
Which is why I decided to ask one of the most delightful writers I know to share her secrets to overcoming perfectionism in writing.
When I read Shauna Niequist’s writing, I feel like I’m sitting with a best friend.
When I read Present Over Perfect, I laughed, cried, and felt awe. Shauna is a gift and I’m proud to call her my friend.
You’ll glean bountiful wisdom from her writing advice:
Years and years ago, someone gave me a piece of writing advice that I still use almost every day, more than a decade into my life as a professional writer. I don’t even know who told me this—I wish I did, because I would send them beautiful flowers or bourbon, my eternal thanks for a trick I’ve been employing near constantly.Read More
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Bestselling author of Good Faith and founder of Q
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"The firehose of information I absorbed through Write Brilliant transformed the way I write. Jonathan and Margaret bring a combined breadth of knowledge and a straight-shooting style that helped me clarify my target audience, expand my platform, and get practical about what it takes to dedicate myself to my craft. I learned more in this one course than in all past conferences, books, blogs, and videos I’ve engaged. Write Brilliant is a one-stop-shop for taking your writing to the next level."
– September Vaudrey,
author of Colors of Goodbye
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– Brad Lomenick,
author of H3 Leadership and former director of Catalyst