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September 20, 2017
Will a Publisher Consider Your Self-Published Work?
By: Christopher Ferebee
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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.

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September 6, 2017
Ready to Write Your Book? Here’s a 5-Point Checklist
By: Margaret Feinberg
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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

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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

August 9, 2017
Should You Publish with a Christian or Mainstream Publisher?
By: Christopher Ferebee
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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

July 5, 2017
5 Writing Tips to Astonish Your Editor
By: Jennifer Grant
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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

June 14, 2017
How Kickstarter Can Fund Your Next Book Project
By: Ryan Sanders
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How Kickstarter Can Fund Your Next Book Project

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.

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April 19, 2017
Why Using a Pen Name is a Risk that Writers Shouldn’t Take
By: Jonathan Merritt & Margaret Feinberg
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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

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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.

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February 22, 2017
How to Know if You’re Ready to Publish Your Pain
By: September Vaudrey
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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

January 26, 2017
How Self-Publishing Benefits You Beyond The Money
By: Bobi Ann Allen
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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.

Not.

One.

Clue.

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

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