My first writer’s conference was shaping up to be a disaster. I had arrived with multiple copies of three different book proposals, convinced I would be at the center of a bidding war for my books. By day two I was ready to go home, equally convinced that I would never become a published author because no one wanted my books!
Thankfully, the conference director spoke some wise words, and just as thankfully, I listened. She said the average book now sells several hundred copies and if you’re fortunate, your book might sell several thousand copies. But many periodicals boast circulations in the tens of thousands. So if you’re writing to further the Kingdom of God, which has greater influence?
Hmmm. I hadn’t thought about writing for magazines. The next day, I met with a magazine editor who reviewed my writing, assigned me an article on spec (which meant he wasn’t obligated to purchase it), and gave me renewed hope. Five months later, that article was in print, and my publishing career had begun.
What is your dream? Is it to write a bestselling book or is it to point people to the Lord and bless His children? Is it to make a name for yourself or is it to glorify God as you use the gifts He has given you?
You may have already achieved the elusive goal of a book contract. Or you may still be reaching for the brass ring, feeling as if you’re always falling short.
So let me ask you: have you thought about writing for periodicals? Consider some of the benefits:
The 2013 Christian Writer’s Market Guide includes the following children’s periodical markets:
The Market Guide includes listings for Teen/Young Adult periodicals, too.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a bestselling author. But I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told about not “burying” our talents (Matthew 25:14-30). You can bury your talent waiting for a book contract. In the process, you might be dismissing opportunities the Lord wants you to pursue, whether paid assignments or writing for your church newsletter or Sunday school program.
Use your gifts in whatever way the Lord is calling you to use them, so that someday you might hear Him say, “Well done.”
How are you using your gifts?