BooksHey Friends –

What is the #1 question you are asked?

For me, I often get asked about my journey from addiction to freedom.

Typically when others find out that I’m a former cocaine addict — turned passionate Jesus follower — they ask me how I overcame my crazy former life, and want to know the details of my transformation. I love to share how God turned my life upside down and gave me a new life in Him!

Red Hot FaithHowever, now that I have a video-driven Bible study releasing next month (Red Hot Faith), I receive a ton of e-mails and phone calls about my journey to publication.

The new #1 question I’m asked is how to pursue getting a book/Bible study published.

In case you are prayerfully considering publication, or know someone who is, here are a few of my recommendations –

1. Pray

Y’all know my passion for prayer, and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve witnessed first hand how God has answered prayer every step of the way.

(Quick Red Hot Faith prayer recap: here, here, & here).

If you sense God moving you forward in publication, pray fervently, ask others to pray, and keep praying!

2. Attend Writing/Speaking Conferences

I’ve found one of the best ways to network and connect with other writers, publishers, and editors is to attend writing/speaking/leadership conferences.

Chad Allen’s blog (one I highly recommend!) had an insightful interview with literary agent Chris Ferebee.  When asked by Chad Allen, “If an author wanted to pursue your representation, what should s/he do?”, Chris replied…

I hate to say it, but this comes back to doing the hard work. Most agents receive hundreds and hundreds of unsolicited calls, proposals and submissions; the “slush” pile. Some agents religiously review these, but most do not because there just isn’t time. But I cannot tell you how seriously I take the recommendations of my friends, clients and colleagues in the industry. As you do the work of building a platform, connecting with others, developing your craft, you’ll start to meet people further down the path that will be willing to make introductions to their agent, editor, etc. This will get you in the door far faster than a hundred cold calls.

How do you meet these people?

One of the best ways I’ve found to connect with others is at conferences. In fact, that’s how I met my agent (Wendy Lawton from Books and Such Literary Agency). We were having breakfast together, and she offered to represent me. Thank You, God!

Jen & Cindy

Jen & Cindy

I was sharing this same information with my friend Jen Ferguson. Jen lives in Texas, and while we shared guacamole, I encouraged Jen to come to Michigan to attend one of my favorite conferences, Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference.

(If you’ve not heard me rave about the Speak Up Conference, you can review my thoughts here.)

I was telling Jen how at the Speak Up Conference, you have the opportunity to meet 1:1 (at no additional cost) with representatives from publishing houses, such as:

  • Revell
  • Zondervan
  • Discovery House
  • Kregel
  • Somersault
  • Blue Water Ink
  • Credo
  • NavPress
  • Bold Vision

Long story….Jen prayerfully considered, came to the Speak Up Conference two summers ago, and…. well, you can read the rest of her story here — it’s so exciting!!!

Sweet friend, if you dream of being published, I’d love for you to prayerfully consider attending the Speak Up Conference as well this summer.

speak upWhereas I can’t promise you will have the same success that Jen did, I can promise you will learn, laugh, network, and come home equipped, inspired, and empowered!

Check out this amazing list of workshops here. See what I mean!

I’ll be there again this year, once again as a facilitator and workshop presenter. Woo Hoo! 

And please don’t allow expenses to hold you back ~ there are scholarship dollars available to help ~ contact Bonnie for more information.

Also, for any *She Sparkles* friend that signs up, please write *She Sparkles* in the memo line, and Carol will present you with a personally autographed copy of her book Speak Up with Confidence.

And now, dear bloggy friends, whether you are able to attend the conference or not ~ I would love to give you a personally signed, autographed copy of this resourceful book!

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