In 1970 my God Moment, the invitation from Moody Bible Institute to head up the editorial department of Moody Press, became a long-term U-turn in our family’s life. As family we settled back into the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton area 30 miles west of downtown Chicago, the community we had left four years earlier.
By Jerry Jenkins
Scraping together enough time for the basics of life is tough. Finding uninterrupted blocks to write can be even harder. But having a daily spiritual discipline may be the most difficult task of all.
What is it about collections of stories that scares editors and marketing people at Christian publishers? They insist collections of stories of God at work in Christian’s lives have had a spotty sales record. Memoirs are persona non grata because marketing people insist they do not sell.
What does it take to get you down as a writer? Agents and editors who don’t respond? Editors who seem to have only a Reject button? A disappointing sales number on your royalty report? The news that some publishers have laid off your favorite editor? Failure to effectively connect with any editor at a Christian writers’ conference?
As we think of Christmas we focus on God sending his Son into the world to redeem the world, but may overlook a key truth that has personal application.
This year in particular I have been receiving both fiction and non-fiction proposals from writers who are upset about where the church is headed and where the country is going. Many have a lot of criticism and few solutions for the problems they see.