Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. (Heb 11:1 VOICE)
Two things sell books. Obedience and Faith.
Obedience. I write what God gives me to write.
This isn't any different than preaching a sermon. The minister prepares by reading the Word and spending time in prayer. He also learns how to speak - the proper tone and volume to use, correct grammar, how to keep the people's interest.
But perhaps greatest of all, he listens to the Holy Spirit. More times have I heard a speaker say they had something ready, but God took them another direction.
I do Spirit writing.
"But, Suzanne, you write romance."
Especially since I write romance. Every word I write has to project the principles of the Word of God. It has to center around Christ yet at the same time keep the readers' interest. It's writing with rules - the highest rules of all - and at the same time, writing well.
Obedience sells books, but obedience alone won't do it. I also have to walk by faith.
Faith is not a nambypamby, maybe this will sell, maybe it won't, wishy-washy statement. Faith says, "Listen to me, Book, you will sell and sell well," and it rests in that.
That's rest, "relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs." (Dictionary.com)
When I release a book, I know it'll go somewhere, and I don't allow doubt to steal that from me. God gave me the book, and I listened to Him when I wrote it. Therefore, He's going to see it comes to success. (Jos 1:8)
This doesn't eliminate my responsibility. I still have to do marketing. But here's the key. God's marketing plan for me fits my personality.
God will never take a man with no legs and ask him to run. Instead, He will give him the legs first, make him strong, and train him up to be a runner before He turns him loose.
If I will obey and walk by faith, then all the circumstances around that book don't matter. Where it sits on the chart, how many copies I've sold today, my percentage of returns. I do watch the numbers. However, the numbers don't decide whether or not I'm a successful author.
Neither does genre, book selling site, current reading trends, or any of the dozens of ways I choose to promote my book.
What sells the book is God said, "Do this," and so I did. After all, He knows me, knows my readers, and is ultimately in total control. As long as I let Him and take the time to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say specifically to me.
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.