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.
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
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
Do you ever wonder what a professional editor is looking for when they’re reading your writing? The best editors are worried about you and what they need to do to make you look stunning.
But editors aren’t fairy tale magicians. They can’t transform your rotting pumpkins into royal stage coached. The harder you make them work, the less likely they are to want to work with you again.
We want to give you a peek inside the mind of a good macroeditor and the everyday battles.
Wait. What’s a macroeditor?
That’s the person who handles the big picture of your manuscript. These editorial brilliants fly at 30,000, 20,000, even 10,000 feet, and attempt to avoid the brambles and weeds of the microeditor (also known as the copyeditor or grammar police). Impressing them is easier than you think.
Here are 5 simple writing tips to astonish your editor:Read More
Meet Ryan Sanders. He’s innovating the way we get published.
Ryan Sanders wanted to write a book ever since he was in high school. After an English teacher praised an essay he wrote comparing Dead Poets Society to Jesus’ passion week, Ryan knew that writing was in his bones.
Ryan enjoyed writing, the problem was that Ryan had no clue where to start. He was happy as a writer; frustrated with publishing.
Are you afraid to share personal stories because of potential blowback from friends and family? Have you ever thought it might be easier to publish your work anonymously or under another name?
One of the more frequent questions we have received from young writers over the years is, “Should I use a pen name?”
We only need one syllable to respond: No.Read More
As an acquisitions editor at a large publishing house, hundreds of book proposals pass through my inbox every year. Here’s my best advice on how to make yours stand out.
You’ve experienced a tragic loss or deep pain, but are you ready to write about it? How soon is too soon?
Five years after my daughter passed away, my literary agent asked me why I thought now was the time to publish my memoir about her death.
“I had to finish living my story first,” I replied. “I had to discover my ending.”
Though my grief won’t find its full ending until heaven, I knew I needed resolution with God before I had anything helpful to share with readers.Read More
Three years ago, almost to the day, I developed a mysterious itch. No, I didn’t have a strange rash or rare skin condition. I felt an itch to print words on paper with the goal of nurturing readers’ spiritual growth. The problem was, I had no idea how to do it.
I didn’t know how to begin writing a book. Or even what the subject would be. And let’s just say for kicks, I did write a book, what then? From this novice state, I journeyed into the sprawling world of publishing.Read More
"Jonathan and Margaret are two of the best writing coaches in America, and I've learned much from them over the years. Their Write Brilliant program will help you grow deep roots and a wide reach. Do not wait to sign-up!"
– Gabe Lyons
Bestselling author of Good Faith and founder of Q
"I highly recommend Jonathan and Margaret's program for writers of any level!"
– Jennie Allen,
bestselling author of Nothing to Prove and founder of IF:Gathering
"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
"In all my years of leading organizations, I've encountered dozens of how-to programs, but none of them has been more effective then this one. I should know. The Write Brilliant strategy gave me the boost of confidence I needed to create two books on leadership. Whether you want to author a book or just create a blog, make sure you don't miss this fantastic course."
– Brad Lomenick,
author of H3 Leadership and former director of Catalyst