The big break! It is what every author longs for. Whether it is connecting with the right influencer to drive sales, securing a foreign rights or film deal, or landing on that national television show guaranteed to bring big exposure, every author dreams of that deal that will take them to the next level.
Yet, often these breaks come in unexpected ways. Usually they come only after an author takes a step of faith. God meets us when we move out in faith.
Consider examples from the Bible. The Israelites had to follow God’s instruction to march around Jericho each day for seven days before the walls fell. Gideon had to trust God and reduce his army from 32,000 men to 300 men to have victory over the Midianites. Esther had to believe that God had made her queen for a reason and risk her life by going to the King without a summons to save the Jewish people.
Each took a step of faith. This means that they did something without being assured of the outcome. They risked and God showed up.
The same is true for you as an author. You also may need to step out in faith and take a risk before God opens a new door or shows you the next step.
For most authors and publishers, attending a trade show is a step of faith. Money is spent and time is taken from a busy schedule to travel and attend a trade show without any guarantee of a return on the investment.
Authors and publishers who take this step of faith have no assurance that they will secure additional sales or deals as a result of attending a show. Yet, time and time again, I have seen divine appointments happen at trade shows for attending authors.
Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) recently returned from the National Religious Broadcasters 2019 Proclaim Convention where we represented CIPA Members who attended the show with us. Each one of these authors took a step of faith in attending the show—and God did not disappoint. He showed up and great connections were made.
CIPA Members made the following connections:
- Radio and television interviews with invitations for more after the show.
- New platforms to take a podcast or radio show to the next level.
- An invitation to teach at a Bible school in India.
- A connection with a film maker who wants to create a documentary.
- Request for rights to translate a book into a foreign language to be published and distributed in another country.
These connections are not magic. Each author will need to follow up and tend the invitation or idea that was discussed. And more opportunities may still come for these authors from the books that were placed in the hands of influencers at the show.
Where is God calling you to step out in faith with your book? I encourage you to take that step. Pray over your action, commit it to God, and watch with anticipation to see what God will do!
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