Friday, April 27, 2007

Writing Small For A Huge Audience

We hear it at writing conferences, we read it in periodicals for writers, but often we don't pay attention. "Write for periodicals," we hear. "Get practice. Get name recognition. And, most of all, provide an opportunity to tell others the message you've been given." But we keep returning to writing our books: novels, novellas, non-fiction works. That's where the glamour is. We want to see our names on a book jacket. We aspire to be "published authors."

I started paying attention to this advice shortly after attending my first Christian Writers' Conference. I began submitting meditations to The Upper Room devotional guide. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to have two of my submissions published. They put issues together a year in advance, and a number of my other meditations have been accepted and are awaiting publication. This week I got a great piece of news. One of my submissions will appear as the Good Friday meditation in the March-April 2008 issue of Upper Room.

Is that such a big deal? Certainly the $25 fee I'll receive isn't much, although I have to admit that it was a thrill to get that first check. But these figures are impressive. Upper Room is published in 78 editions, comprising 41 languages in addition to English,going to over 100 countries. Each day about 3 million people read Upper Room. So, yes, it is a big deal.

Check out the link above, go to the writers' guidelines, then see if you can put something God has laid on your heart into 250 words. It's a great ministry opportunity.

1 comment:

Rachelle said...

Awesome, Richard. This is such great advice and encouragement for writers. Way to go!