I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Publishing, Facebook, and Social Media

By Jennie Atkins

As someone who is experiencing repeated rejection letters based on the number of Facebook friends I have (or should I say, the number of Facebook friends I DON’T have), I will admit it is frustrating to me as well as my literary agency.

I hear statements from published authors like “Just write the book in your head/heart.” Or “Write a book that will catch the attention of the editors/agents.” I’ve paid for expensive conferences to learn ways to improve my writing, but it seems more and more publishing houses want authors to have a social presence.  The consensus is we need to twitter more, create fan pages on Facebook, create a blog, do a guest post on other people’s blogs, etc., etc., etc. When are we supposed to write the next great novel?

The nice thing is the agency with which I am associated with – WordServe Literary--has started a fantastic marketing vehicle called www.faithhappenings.com to help authors reach out to the masses. It is a local and national Christian website where writers can advertise their books, and Christians have faith-based resources at their fingertips.

FaithHappenings showcases events specific to a region, from concerts to fundraisers.  It’s for authors, speakers and musicians to advertise their work. Anyone can find a wide assortment of faith-filled books, music, audiobooks and videos. By selection, one can receive daily emails with devotionals suited to their life’s needs—male or female, college student or parent.  The opportunities are endless and the journey has only begun.

So if you’re just starting your writing journey—or deep into the adventure of a multi-book contract—check out what the folks at FaithHappenings have put together. It is your Complete, Tailored, Faith Resource.

8 comments:

  1. Jennie, this sounds like a wonderful website. And as for your journey, I've read your stories and just don't understand why a publisher hasn't snapped them up! You didn't perchance ask God to teach you patience, did you? :-)

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    1. I must have done so unknowingly, because this year has been a true test!

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  2. Thank you for another beautiful, honest, and very helpful blog post. May all the doors you (and your agency) have knocked on open at once and happily overwhelm you :)

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  3. Wow, Jennie, this is a fantastic resource! Thanks for pointing it out!

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    1. FH has a lot of Christian based resources. Its a neat site, even for those who aren't writers.

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  4. I joined Faith Happenings when they went live. They have all kinds of information to share. Thanks for sharing more about it.

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