I’ve been part of Christian publishing for about thirty-five years. In the early days I used a Selectric typewriter and submitted (and resubmitted) my manuscripts via the USPS. It took six to eighteen months for accepted manuscripts to get in print. (I’ve sold over 1,0o0 articles, stories, poems, and devotionals and have had nine books published.)
Today it sometimes still takes many long months and even years to get our work in print, but computers and the Internet have definitely speeded up the rest of the process – God’s provision, I believe, because of the critical need to write and publish His answer while there is still time. Now we literally can reach the world from our desktop through blogs and websites and the publication of our work in online magazines or as eBooks or POD books.
I have given my Write His Answer Seminar over 50 times, coast to coast. God has used it to launch hundreds of writing ministries and to grow the ministries of those who are already writing for publication.
Friday evening, June 6, and Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 – 5:00 I will present this seminar at Faith Discovery Church, 33 Brass castle Road, Washington, NJ. If you’re planning to come to the July 29 – August 2 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference, the Write His Answer Seminar is great preparation for meeting with agents and editors. If distance or your schedule prohibits you from coming, the seminar is available on CD. You can order the entire seminar or portions from my online bookstore for writers at http://writehisanswer.com/bookstore.
Here are some of the topics I cover:
- How to get started in the ministry of writing. Personal and spiritual preparation.
- An overview of the Christian market and the best opportunities.
- The ministry potential of self-publishing and writing for the secular market.
- How to turn your personal experiences into print. Seven essential elements of a personal experience story and pitfalls to avoid.
- How to find, capture, organize, evaluate, and sharpen your ideas.
- Using a Writer’s Check-off List.
- Making a good impression on an editor.
- Writing effective query and cover letters.
- Knowing your rights and the editor’s rights.
- An overview of the needs of the Christian market and best opportunities.
- How to write devotionals, articles, fiction, profiles, fillers, humor, and poetry that will sell and touch lives.
- How to pass the “So what?” test.
- How to effectively market your work and use a market analysis chart.
- How to overcome procrastination.
- How to deal with the D’s (disappointment, doubt, and discouragement) and rise above rejection.
- The importance of prayerfully setting specific and measurable goals.
Each session has a biblical focus and is hemmed in by prayer. Friday evening includes a critique session where portions of as many manuscripts as possible will be read. Even if you do not have a manuscript to be critiqued, you will learn principles you can apply to your own writing.
It’s not too late to register. Go to www.jewellutt.com and click on “Events: Calling All Writers” for more information.
Father, for such a time as this I know You are calling and equipping an army of writers to “write Your answer.” I praise You that you are able to do “far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Eph. 3:20 TLB).
Thank you for your outstanding seminar!
The feedback has been tremendous in terms of your expertise,
your helpfulness, and your love for our Lord.
People especially enjoyed the frequent times of prayer.
You are a blessing wherever you go.
Dr. Mary Ann L. Diorio, Founder
The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers