by Sally Matheny
Occasionally, many writers, beginning and seasoned, will donate a portion of their work. Some writers forgo payment in order to build their publishing credits. Others desire to give back to their community. Several view it as a “tithing” of their talents.This is a tale of two writers who give back. One self-published and the other traditionally published. Their stories vary, but each writer is making sacrificial choices for the building up of God’s kingdom.
One missionary, while on a trip to Vermont, witnessed children receiving Janice’s books. “Many of the children in the rural area, where we served, knew nothing about Jesus Christ. Most had never heard of a Bible. Eager to learn more about God, they were thrilled to receive Janice’s book. The children were amazed we cared enough to bring each of them a brand new book.”Janice said she learned a great deal from her first publishing experience and did things a bit differently with her second book, The First Christmas. It released in 2012, as a print-on-demand book.“It didn’t require as much up-front investment, and I don’t need to store them under my beds,” Janice said. “ I did not create quilted illustrations for my second book. My illustrator, Violet Vandor, is from Romania, and I am thrilled with her illustrations.”However, because this book is print-on-demand, Janice can’t be as liberal with greatly reduced prices.Knowing her books are making a difference is a blessing. There are other blessings as well. Often times, when Janice has given The Creation at reduced prices for missions, the VBS and Mission Team volunteers purchase additional copies at full price for their own children.
Her first book, It’s Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus, was originally written as a play for her church. One of Soraya’s two sons played the young boy who writes the letter to Santa and narrates the story of Jesus’ birth.
Soraya also thought about self-publishing, but found an agent (Ms. Karen Hardin of Priority PR Group & Literary Agency) who located a publisher. James Morgan Publishing released the book in November 2014. Two more of Soraya’s books are slated for release in 2015.
One unique aspect of Soraya’s book sales is that all the proceeds will go to a non-profit foundation she formed. The mission of As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc. is to help meet the needs of children in the U.S. and around the world.
Soraya’s missionary work in Honduras and the Amazon River region of Peru prompted the foundation’s creation.
Janice and Soraya are two writers who have a heart for building God’s kingdom. Each goes about it differently, but with the same purpose in mind.
What about you, dear writer? How are you giving back and building up God’s kingdom?
Visit Soraya’s website at: www.asthestarsofthesky.org.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://write2ignite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sally-Matheny-1F1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Encouraging others is Sally Matheny’s mission in life. She enjoys “reflecting on ordinary life under God’s extraordinary Light.” A member of SCBWI and ACW, her articles have appeared in children’s magazines such as Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., Cobblestone’s Appleseeds, and in the international devotional Keys for Kids. Sally also writes articles on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian living for on-line publications as well as print publications such as Practical Homeschooling, The Greenhouse Report, and Homeschooling Today. One of Sally’s most rewarding projects was writing Who is Jesus?, a VBS evangelism curriculum for missionaries introducing Jesus to children. A former public school teacher, with a M.Ed., Sally has homeschooled for over 15 years. Married for over twenty-five years, she and her husband make their home in western North Carolina. Their greatest blessings are their two daughters and one son. Find encouragement from Sally on her blog: www.sallymatheny.blogspot.com/ and Twitter: @sally_matheny [/author_info] [/author]