I’ve been self-publishing, but recently I began communicating with a literary agent, Blythe Daniel of the Blythe Daniel Agency. Literary agents are necessary to publish with large publishers. Back in 2016 when I published Marriage God’s Way, I couldn’t even get literary agents to respond to my messages. Much has taken place since then, and so when another author (thank you so much DR!) saw something in me and connected us, I was glad to consider the possibility.
Why Did I Decide to Sign with a Literary Agent?
- This will considerably extend the reach of my books. I’ll make less money per book, but I’ve never written for the money. I want to see Christ exalted and people strengthened in their relationships with Him. Signing with Blythe Daniel helps with that goal!
- Self-publishing is a LOT of work. You are, literally, your own publisher. Now I’ll have a team behind me to help.
Why Blythe Daniel?
Before signing I spoke with many of Blythe’s agents. As I told her in a message, I couldn’t imagine clients speaking more highly of an agent. Most considered her a good friend, and all of them praised her services. I wanted an agent who shared my Christian values, and that’s what God has provided.
Her agency has won many awards, and a few years ago she was voted literary agent of the year. I feel very blessed to work with her, and believe this is the beginning of a friendship that will last for years.
What’s Next for My Books?
What happened? As I worked on Finances God’s Way, there was a chapter on work and laziness, which I thought was underdeveloped. Not having the time or energy to write separately from my ministry as a pastor, I started teaching a Sunday School series titled, “Put Off Laziness, and Put on Diligence.” I thought the material from this series would fit well in Finances God’s Way, and beef up the weak chapter.
Good and Bad News
What I thought would be a series lasting a couple weeks turned into nine weeks. Kind of a theme in my ministry. The good news is that it gave me solid material for Finances God’s Way. The bad news is it made the book too long.
Then the bad news became good news: I realized I had enough material for a standalone book: Work and Rest God’s Way was born! I focused on Work and Rest God’s Way until it was 99% finished. But Blythe recommended leading with Finances God’s Way; therefore, my efforts have shifted…again. The good news is Work and Rest God’s Way will be ready when I get a contract for it down the road:).
Blythe sent off my proposal to many publishers earlier this month. Now the waiting game begins. I am learning that the traditional publishing route is MUCH slooooower, so it’s hard for me to provide a timeline. I don’t want to bore you with the details, but most books take about eighteen months to reach print with traditional publishers.
Major Publishing Update
Since writing this post, much has transpired. Read all the details in the post I wrote about signing with Harvest House Publishers.
What’s Next for You as My Readers?
Thank you to everyone who joined the launch team for Work and Rest God’s Way. This will now become the launch team for Finances God’s Way, or whichever book is published first. Maybe the publisher will want to lead with Work and Rest God’s Way, or Marriage God’s Way. I’m open to republishing my books if the conditions are right.
Three Things You Can Do If You Haven’t Already
- Join my launch team
- Follow me on Booksprout to receive an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) when it’s available
- Subscribe to my newsletter (below) as I keep my subscribers updated. I’d love to be part of your life and have you be part of mine.
And please keep doing the same things you might have already been doing! Keep reading my books, watching (or listening to my messages).
What Hasn’t Changed…
I still consider it a privilege to have you in my life and be able to pray for you, and have you pray for me. Thank you so much!
I have the same two-fold desire with all of my books: that they exalt Christ and draw people to Him. It’s the same with Finances God’s Way and Work and Rest God’s Way. Please:
- Pray for Blythe Baniel as my agent, as she tries to find the right publishers for my books.
- Pray writing (and ministry in general), that God uses it for His glory and honor.